Van Sant, Gus Jr.

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Van Sant, Gus Jr. Gender: M
Gus Green Van Sant Jr.
born on 24 July 1952 at 03:15 (= 03:15 AM )
Place Louisville, Kentucky, 38n15, 85w46
Timezone CDT h5w (is daylight saving time)
Data source
Quoted BC/BR
Rodden Rating AA
Collector: Scholfield
Astrology data s_su.18.gif s_leocol.18.gif 01°22' s_mo.18.gif s_leocol.18.gif 26°59 Asc.s_gemcol.18.gif 29°59'

Gus Jr. Van Sant
photo: Mai Le from San Francisco, CA, USA, license cc-by-2.0


American filmmaker. Van Sant's 1986 movie, "Mala Noche, "gained him critical attention.. In 1989, he released "Drugstore Cowboy, about drug addicts, and the film won Best Picture and Best Director awards from the National Society of Film Critics. In 1991, his movie, "My Own Private Idaho" starring Keanu Reeves and River Phoenix, clinched his reputation as someone who could effectively capture on film the fringes of society. In 1994, his "Even Cowgirls Get the Blues" and his "To Die For" in 1995 were less successful. In addition to his movies, he also directed a Red Hot Chili Peppers movie video. His mainstream breakthrough was "Good Will Hunting" in 1997.

The son of a traveling salesman, Van Sant moved quite a lot during his childhood. Interested in filmmaking and painting as a young man, he attended Rhode Island School of Design in 1970 and was introduced to avant-garde directors such as Andy Warhol. He moved to Los Angeles in 1976 and became production assistant to writer-director Ken Shapiro. In 1983, he moved to New York to work in an advertising agency, saving $25,000 with which he financed "Mala Noche." The film won the year's "Best Independent Film" citation from the Los Angeles Times. When he couldn't get approval from major film studios, he moved to Portland Oregon where he became associated with an independent production company, Avenue, and made "Drugstore Cowboy.' In 1997, he achieved mainstream acceptance with his award-winning film "Good Will Hunting," starring and writt4n by friends Matt Damon and Ben Affleck as well as Robin Williams.

Van Sant is openly gay.

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  • Work : New Career 1976 (moved to Los Angeles as production assistant)
  • Family : Change residence 1983 (moved to New York)
  • Work : New Job 1983 (advertising agency job)
  • Work : Published/ Exhibited/ Released 1985 (filmmaking debut with "Mala Noche")
  • Work : Published/ Exhibited/ Released 1989 (movie: "Drugstore Cowboy")
  • Work : Prize 1989 (won Best Picture and Best Director from National Society of Film Critics for "Drugstore Cowboy")
  • Work : Published/ Exhibited/ Released 1991 (movie: "My Own Private Idaho")
  • Work : Published/ Exhibited/ Released 1997 (movie: "Good Will Hunting")

Source Notes

Sy Scholfield quotes birth certificate in hand


  • Lifestyle : Home : Many moves
  • Passions : Sexuality : Gay
  • Vocation : Entertain/Business : Director