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Famous alumni from AFI; graduates who have achieved stature in their field. Photos are included in this notable American Film Institute alumni list. Prominent alums from this institution include celebrities, politicians, business people, and more. This list of distinguished American Film Institute alumni is alphabetical and sortable by column if you need to search by specific criteria. Please note that this directory is not just composed of graduates of this school; you can find any famous people who attended this school for at least a semester here. A factual list, featuring graduates like Susan Johnson and Bo Zenga. (22 items)
Bill Duke is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list Famous American Film Institute Alumni/Students
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William Henry "Bill" Duke, Jr. is an American actor and film director. Known for his physically imposing frame, Duke's work frequently dwells within the action film idiom as well as crime and drama genres but also includes comedy. He often plays characters related to law-enforcement. ...more

Age: 74

Birthplace: New York City, USA, New York, Poughkeepsie

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#69 on The Greatest Black Actors in Film History

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Darren Aronofsky is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list Famous American Film Institute Alumni/Students
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Darren Aronofsky is an American film director, screenwriter and film producer. He has received acclaim for his often surreal, disturbing films and has been noted for frequent collaborations with cinematographer Matthew Libatique, film editor Andrew Weisblum and composer Clint Mansell. His films have ...more

Age: 48

Birthplace: New York City, New York, United States of America

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#17 on The Most Overrated Directors of All Time

#54 on The Greatest Living Directors, Ranked

#95 on The Greatest Auteurs in Film History

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Edward Zwick is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list Famous American Film Institute Alumni/Students
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Edward M. Zwick is an American filmmaker and film producer noted for his films about social and racial issues. He has been described as a "throwback to an earlier era, an extremely cerebral director whose movies consistently feature fully rounded characters, difficult moral issues, and plots that ...more

Age: 64

Birthplace: USA, Chicago, Illinois

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#25 on The Best Directors Never Nominated for Oscars

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Julie Dash is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list Famous American Film Institute Alumni/Students
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Julie Dash is an American filmmaker, author and member of the L.A. Rebellion. Her Daughters of the Dust was the first full-length film by an African-American woman with general theatrical release in the United States. Dash is the film's producer, screenwriter and director. In 2004, Daughters of the ...more

Age: 64

Birthplace: New York City, New York, United States of America

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#25 on The Very Best Black Directors, Ranked

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