Craven, Wes

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Craven, Wes Gender: M
Wesley Earl Craven
born on 2 August 1939 at 16:54 (= 4:54 PM )
Place Cleveland, Ohio, 41n30, 81w42
Timezone EST h5w (is standard time)
Data source
Quoted BC/BR
Rodden Rating AA
Collector: Clifford
Astrology data s_su.18.gif s_leocol.18.gif 09°41' s_mo.18.gif s_piscol.18.gif 08°30 Asc.s_sagcol.18.gif 25°20'

Wes Craven (2010)
photo: Bob Bekian from Thousand Oaks Ca., USA, license cc-by-sa-2.0


American filmmaker and screenwriter known for his horror films, particularly the Nightmare on Elm Street (1984-2010) and Scream (1996-2011) franchises. Trained in the humanities, he stumbled into filmmaking and became Hollywood’s high priest of horror.

The son of Paul and Caroline (Miller) Craven, he was raised as a strict Baptist. He earned a bachelor’s degree in education and psychology from Wheaton College in 1963 and a master’s degree in philosophy from Johns Hopkins in 1964. After teaching humanities for a while, he plunged into filmmaking as a production assistant and editor for several "B" production companies.

He made his directorial debut in 1972 with the gruesome Last House on the Left which left audiences and critics strongly divided in opinion. The Hills Have Eyes (1977) had the same effect and made a fortune. He moved up to big budgets with The Swamp Thing in 1982. Nightmare on Elm Street in 1984, along with its sequels, were a blend of horror and humor and made Craven a force to be reckoned with in Hollywood. In 1994 he directed Wes Craven’s New Nightmare in which he and other cast regulars played themselves. Two years later, he achieved another career high note with Scream and then Scream 2 the following year. He tried a drastic change in genre in 1999 with Music of the Heart, a sentimental drama that was quickly dismissed by the public and the critics. He returned to his comfort zone in 2000 with Scream 3.

Occasionally, he did television work, including some episodes of the Twilight Zone in the mid-1980s. He produced a situation comedy in 1989, The People Next Door, about a cartoonist who can imagine his drawings into life.

Craven was married and divorced twice. His first marriage to Bonnie Broecker lasted from 1964 to 1969 and produced his two children: Jonathan Craven was born in 1965 and Jessica Craven was born in 1968. His second marriage, to Mimi Craven, lasted from 1984 to 1987. Craven lived in Los Angeles. He died of brain cancer on 30 August 2015 at age 76.

Link to Wikipedia biography



  • Social : End a program of study 1963 (Bachelor's degree from Wheaton College)
  • Social : End a program of study 1964 (Master's degree from John Hopkins)
  • Relationship : Marriage 1964 (First marriage Bonnie Broecker, five years)
  • Family : Change in family responsibilities 1965 (Son Jonathan born)
  • Family : Change in family responsibilities 1968 (Daughter Jessica born)
  • Work : New Career 1972 (Debut as a director)
  • Financial : Gain significant money 1977 (Film draws in profits/publicity)
  • Work : Published/ Exhibited/ Released 1984 (First "Nightmare on Elm Street" film)
  • Relationship : Marriage 1984 (Second marriage, Mimi, three years)
  • Work : Published/ Exhibited/ Released 1989 (TV situation comedy)
  • Work : Published/ Exhibited/ Released 1996 (First "Scream" film released)
  • Work : Published/ Exhibited/ Released 1999 (Sentimental drama film released)
  • Death by Disease 30 August 2015 (Brain cancer, age 76)
    chart Placidus Equal_H.

Source Notes

B.C. in hand from Frank C. Clifford 1996.

Marc Penfield quotes a letter from the Bureau stamped with their seal, copy in hand 7/2001, same data.


  • Family : Relationship : Number of Divorces (Two)
  • Family : Parenting : Kids 1-3 (Two, one son and one daughter)
  • Lifestyle : Work : Loves job
  • Lifestyle : Financial : Gain - Financial success in field
  • Vocation : Education : Teacher (Taught humanities initially)
  • Vocation : Entertain/Business : Director (Noted film director, some TV)
  • Vocation : Entertain/Business : Entertain Producer (Producer noted for his horror films)
  • Vocation : Writers : Playwright/ script (Screenwriter)