Born George Andrew Romero on February 4, 1940 in New York City. Romero was passionate about filmmaking from an early age. After attending Carnegie-Mellon University, he worked in the industrial film business making commercials and shorts. In 1968, he released his first full-length feature, a horror film called Night of the Living Dead. Shot in Pittsburg, Pennsylvania, the low-budget film soon reached cult status. Romero subsequently turned it into a trilogy with 1978’s Dawn of the Living Dead and 1985’s Day of the Dead.
Known for mobilizing tiny budgets to create unforgettable scare flicks, Romero also directed Creepshow (1980), Martin (1978) and the TV show Tales From the Darkside (1984-1986). Though the success of his Dead trilogy afforded him bigger budgets and higher profile actors, Romero failed to attain the same level of success later in his career.
Romero is married to actress Christine Forrest. They have three children. —bio.
One of the American Greats. Always unfailingly intelligent and wise, but never forced. Both the measure of an old man and the fury of a young idealist. Romero's zombie films are a paragon of cinematic art; formally precise yet never showy, always disturbing and probing of societal issues, and most of all, intensely moral in a way most horror can never achieve. His satires, or condemnations, rise to masterpieces without need of the word "subtlety". What he points out is true and naked; like the final shot of Survival of the Dead, they are tremendous and relevant in a way only things that know they are tremendous and relevant are (hearkening back to older American cinema). Yet he does not grandstand. As Ignatiy Vishnevetsky put it: "The paradox of George Romero is that he is equally old-fashioned and forward-thinking; keen on the modern, thinking of it in classical terms. "Modern" in this case is society as it exists, and "classical" is of course the classical cinema, the tenets of characterization (as the source of plot, rather than just decoration for it) that Romero adheres to."