Film director and zombie creator George A. Romero died July 16 at the age of 77 as a result of lung cancer. Romero died in his sleep surrounded by family.
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In 1968 Romero needed only $114,000 to create “Night of the Living Dead” – a film that would become a cult classic and the beginning of a new film phenomenon.
Before making his landmark film, Romero created a Calgon ad and a segment for “Mister Rogers Neighborhood”.
As a writer, Romero has over two dozen credits including his zombie movies, “Season of the Witch”, four episodes of “Tales from the Darkside” and the movie, “Creepshow 2”, and “Monkey Shines”,
Romero has 20 directorial credits to his name including “Night of the Living Dead”,”Season of the Witch”, “The Crazies”, eight episodes of the TV documentary series “The Winners”, the TV movie documentary “O.J. Simpson: Juice on the Loose”, “Dawn of the Dead”, “Creepshow”, “Day of the Dead”, “Land of the Dead”, “Diary of the Dead”, and “Survivor of the Dead”.
Romero also produced many of his zombie movies; along with two episodes of “The Winners” and 77 episodes of “Tales from the Darkside”.
He was known to make cameo appearances in some of his films; but Romero also appeared in a few other productions. “Night of the Living Dead”, “The Crazies”, “Dawn of the Dead”, “Day of the Dead”, “Silence of the Lambs”, “Land of the Dead”, and “Diary of the Dead” were all uncredited roles.
But “There’s Always Vanilla”, “Martin”, “Flight of the Spruce Goose”, “Dead Eyes Open”, “A Fish Story”, and “Phineas and Ferb” were all credited roles.
In “Call of the Dead” and “Zombie Squash” were video games where he provided a voice.
Romero didn’t limit his zombies to the big screen, he also created “Empire of the Dead” form Marvel comics – a limited series.
He was born George Andrew Romero on February 4, 1940 in the Bronx, New York and loved movies. He graduated from Carnegie-Mellon University after studying art and design. Romero remained in the Pittsburgh area after college. Many of his movies were filmed there.
Romero is survived by his third wife Suzanne and children – Tina, Andrew, and Cam.
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