Joel Schumacher Wiki – Joel Schumacher Biography
Joel Schumacher, director of films such as Batman & Robin, Batman Forever, St. Elmo’s Fire, and The Lost Boys, died of cancer of June 22, 2020.
Schumacher was known for his stylistic flair and eye for talent, giving big roles to future superstars like Julia Roberts, Kiefer Sutherland, Matthew McConaughey, Phillip Seymour Hoffman, and others.
Born in New York City, he studied at Parsons the New School for Design and the Fashion Institute of Technology in New York. He worked in the fashion industry but decided to instead pursue a career in filmmaking. After moving to Los Angeles, he applied his fashion background to working first as a costume designer and worked on TV while earning an MFA from UCLA.
Schumacher, who never married or had children, died in New York City after a year-long battle with cancer, according to Variety. The Falling Down director started out in the industry as a costumer designer before becoming a screenwriter. He designed the costumes in 1972’s Play It as It Lays, 1973’s The Last of Sheila, Blume in Love, Woody Allen’s Sleeper, and Neil Simon adaptation The Prisoner of Second Avenue in 1975. In 2011, he was awarded a Distinguished Collaborator Award by the Costume Designers Guild.
While Schumacher never married and had a family, the openly gay director told Vulture in 2019 that he’s had sex with up to 20,000 partners. While the article’s writer, Andrew Goldman, told Schumacher that such a high number was “really amazing,” the director disagreed. “It’s not for a gay male, because it’s available,” Schumacher said.
Joel Schumacher Age
He was 80 years old.
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Schumacher’s father, Jason Miller, starred in one of the most famous horror films of all time, The Exorcist. Miller, who was the grandson of Jackie Gleason, played Father Damien in the cult classic, which earned him an Oscar nomination for Best Supporting Actor in 1974. However, Miller died of a heart attack at age 62.
“Yes, he was a big alcoholic,” Schumacher said of his father. “I have a feeling he grew up maybe not sensing that fame was a great thing. But why is it important for people to be movie stars?”
Growing up in Long Island, New York, with a single mother, “If you’re an only child, your father is dead, and your mother is at work six days a week and three nights a week, you are free,” Schumacher said. “I was on my own. The street was my education. You could ride your bike over the 59th Street Bridge then. So I rode my bike everywhere. I was in Manhattan all the time and all over Queens. If you’re a kid on a bike, anything can happen, and predators come out of the woodwork, my God. I looked very innocent, but I wasn’t.”
Schumacher was handed the reins of the “Batman” franchise when Tim Burton exited Warner Bros.’ Caped Crusader series after two enormously successful films. The first movie by Schumacher, “Batman Forever,” starring Val Kilmer, Tommy Lee Jones, Jim Carrey, and Nicole Kidman, grossed more than $300 million worldwide.
Schumacher’s second and last film in the franchise was 1997’s “Batman and Robin,” with George Clooney as Batman and Arnold Schwarzenegger as villain Mr. Freeze. For “Batman Forever,” the openly gay Schumacher introduced nipples to the costumes worn by Batman and Robin, leaning into the longstanding latent homoeroticism between the two characters. (In 2006, Clooney told Barbara Walters that he had played Batman as gay.)
Several years after the Batman debacle, Schumacher directed the feature adaptation of Andrew Lloyd Webber’s musical “The Phantom of the Opera.” Despite tepid reviews, it received three Oscar noms.
Schumacher’s next film was also a solid hit. “The Client,” based on a John Grisham novel, was a highly effective legal thriller that also boasted terrific rapport between Susan Sarandon’s lawyer and her 11-year-old client, a boy played by Brad Renfro who has witnessed a murder.
Between the two “Batman” films, Schumacher directed another Grisham adaptation, “A Time to Kill,” which sported a terrific cast (including Samuel L. Jackson, Kevin Spacey, Sandra Bullock, Ashley Judd and a career jump-starting turn by a young Matthew McConaughey) and, while not without its own weaknesses, asking important questions about race.
After the second “Batman” he made the much darker, smaller-scale thriller “8MM,” which followed a miscast Nicolas Cage as a family-man private detective in pursuit of those who made what appears to be a snuff film.
His next film, 1999’s “Flawless,” about a homophobic cop who’s suffered a stroke, played by Robert De Niro, and a drag-wearing Philip Seymour Hoffman, was formulaic — the odd couple who couldn’t be more different find out they have a lot in common — but it sported excellent performances by the leads and certainly had heart.
His other films included actioner “Bad Company,” starring Anthony Hopkins and Chris Rock; “Veronica Guerin,” starring Cate Blanchett as a journalist crusading rather recklessly against the Irish drug trade; and Jim Carrey thriller “The Number 23” and “Trespass,” starring Nicolas Cage and Nicole Kidman.
Cause of Death
Joel Schumacher, costume designer-turned-director of films including “St. Elmo’s Fire,” “The Lost Boys” and “Falling Down,” as well as two “Batman” films, died in New York City on Monday morning after a year-long battle with cancer. He was 80.
Variety confirms that Schumacher – who directed Batman Forever among many other films – died in New York City on Monday morning, after a suffering year-long battle with cancer.