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Abel Ferrara

Director, Screenwriter and Actor
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Net worth 2018: $275 Million
Residence: The Bronx
Country: United States
BirthDay: 19 July 1951
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Abel Ferrara was bornon 19 July 1951 in The Bronx, American, is Director, Screenwriter and Actor. Abel Ferrara is an American filmmaker best known for films like ‘King of New York’, ‘Bad Lieutenant’ and ‘The Funeral’. A multifaceted man, he is also a screenwriter, director, producer, actor, and cinematographer. His films are characterized by the distinct use of neo-noir imagery, extreme physical and emotional violence, and religious themes reflecting the Catholic faith he was raised in. Interested in films from a young age, he attended the film conservatory at the State University of New York to hone his professional skills. He struggled to establish himself during his early career and even made pornographic movies to rake in some money. In the beginning, he directed and also acted in his films, often portraying deranged characters like killers and rapists. Even though the controversial content of his movies shocked the viewers, it also helped to him gain visibility in the film industry. Eventually he started getting noticed for his dark themed and violent movies which garnered a cult following. As someone who hates his work to be regulated by external parties, he prefers to make most of his films independently though he sometimes collaborates with well-known film studios. In addition to feature films, he also makes short films, documentaries, and television movies.


$275 Million


It was screened in the Special Presentations section of the 2014 Toronto International Film Festival


"In 2009, he directed a documentary film ‘Napoli, Napoli, Napoli’ about the problems in early 21st century Naples


Even though he was raised a Catholic, he converted to Buddhism in 2007


It also played at the 2005 Toronto International Film Festival, Deauville Film Festival and San Sebastián International Film Festival


After making a few more dark and religious themed films in the early 2000s, Abel Ferrara tried his hands at comedy with ‘Go Go Tales’ (2007) starring Willem Dafoe as a strip club owner and Bob Hoskins as a baron


It was screened out of competition at the 1997 Cannes Film Festival


Another one of his well-known films is ‘The Funeral’ (1996)


and ‘Dangerous Game’ (1993) starring Keitel and Madonna, for MGM


His 1992 neo-noir crime drama film ‘Bad Lieutenant’ is one of his best known ones


Returning to independent filmmaking in the mid-1990s, he directed ‘The Addiction’ in 1995 and ‘The Funeral’ the following year


Some of his movies from this era are ‘China Girl’ (1987), ‘The Gladiator’ (1987) and ‘Cat Chaser’ (1989)


45’, Abel Ferrara was hired to direct another thriller ‘Fear City’ (1984) which featured Billy Dee Williams and Tom Berenger in the lead roles


His next film, released in 1981, was an even darker one, revolving around the theme of “rape revenge


He remained active throughout the remainder of the 1980s, making crime thrillers and mafia movies


In 1979, he directed and starred in a black comedy horror film ‘The Driller Killer


Desperate to make some money when he was unemployed, he directed a pornographic film titled ‘9 Lives of a Wet Pussy Cat’ in 1976


Abel Ferrara was born on July 19, 1951, in the Bronx, New York City

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