Alfred Hitchcock Biography Essay. 860 word summary of Hitchcock's life, his achievements, and his death.

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Alfred Hitchcock Obituary

Alfred Hitchcock, admired genius and master of film suspense, died of liver failure and heart problems on April 28, 1980 in Los Angeles, California. He was the single most influential director in the film genre of suspense, having partly created it, and is one of the most well known and esteemed directors in the medium of film.

Hitchcock was born on August 13, 1899 in Leytonstone, England, the son of a grocer, William Hitchcock, and his wife Emma. An interesting event occurred early in his life. When Hitchcock was five, his father got mad at him for being mischievous, and sent young Hitchcock to the police station with a note for the officer. Alfred was then locked up behind bars for awhile to think about what he had done, and during this time he felt immense terror. It is thought that this had a profound effect on the movies Hitchcock would go on to make; themes of innocent victims feeling terror and confusion, as he did during this punishment, surfaced in many of his works.

Hitchcock received his education from St. Ignatius College (London), the School of Engineering and Navigation, and the University of London, where he studied art.

Hitchcock's earliest film experience came in 1919, when he illustrated title cards for silent films being produced at London's Players-Lasky studio. It was spending time at this studio that he learned about many different aspects of film that would later be important in his film career, including direction, stage art, and screen writing.

In 1922 Hitchcock met Alma Reville who he married in 1926. They went on to have a daughter, Patricia.

Hitchcock's first mark as a film director came in 1925 with The Pleasure Garden. It was a largely unimportant film, and was not recognized as...