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Tod Browning
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Filmmaker
    (July 12, 1882-October 6, 1962)
    Birth name was Charles Albert Browning, Jr.
    Best known for his films 'Dracula (1931)' and 'Freaks (1932)'
    Directed 'The Unholy Three (1925),' 'The Road to Mandalay (1926),' 'The Black Bird (1926),' 'West of Zanzibar (1928),' 'Mark of the Vampire (1935)' and 'The Devil-Doll (1936)'
    As a teenager, he worked as a professional clown.
    His movies seem stiff and dated to modern viewers.
    His controversial movie 'Freaks' was a huge flop, and essentially destroyed his career.
    'Freaks' banned in Great Britain for 40 years.
    Many critics feel he exploited the real-life 'freaks' who appeared in the movie.
    He led a reclusive, almost phantom-like life in his old age.
    When his brother died, he watched the funeral from a secret room, and would not meet with his family.
    He took the name 'Tod,' which is German for 'death.'
    At the beginning of career, he was called 'the Edgar Allan Poe of the cinema.'
    He directed horror star Lon Chaney.
    He convinced Bram Stoker's bitchy widow to allow him to make 'Dracula' into a movie.
    He cast Bela Lugosi, who would become the most famous screen vampire of all time, as Dracula.
    He always claimed 'Freaks' was meant to celebrate sideshow performers, not exploit them.
    'Time' magazine revealed the ending of 'Freaks' before it opened, spoiling its box office.
    The movie still has a huge cult following.
    'Variety' published an obituary for him 18 years before he actually died.

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