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Ed Wood (film) Biography
Edward Davis Wood Jr. was an American filmmaker, actor, and author. In the 1950s, Wood directed several low-budget science fiction, crime and horror films, notably Glen or Glenda (1953)
, Jail Bait (1954), Bride of the Monster (1955), Plan 9 from Outer Space (1959), Night of the Ghouls (1959) and The Sinister Urge (1960). In the 1960s and 1970s, he transitioned towards sexploitation and pornographic films and wrote over eighty pulp crime, horror and sex novels.
Ed Wood (film) Age
Ed Wood an American filmmaker, actor, and author was born on October 10, 1924, and he died on December 10, 1978.
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Ed Wood (film) Family
Wood’s father, Edward Sr., worked for the U.S. Postal Service as a custodian, and his family relocated numerous times around the United States. Eventually, they settled in Poughkeepsie, New York, where Ed Wood Jr. was born in 1924. According to Wood’s second wife, Kathy O’Hara, Wood’s mother Lillian would dress him in girl’s clothing when he was a child because she had always wanted a daughter. For the rest of his life, Wood crossdressed, infatuated with the feel of angora on his skin.
Ed Wood (film) Marriage
The couple broke up in 1955 after Wood cast another actress in the lead role of Bride of the Monster (Wood originally wrote the part for Fuller and reduced her part to a 1-minute cameo) and because of Wood’s excessive drinking. While making Bride of the Monster in late 1955, Wood married Norma McCarty. McCarty appeared as Edie, the airplane stewardess in Plan 9 from Outer Space. The marriage was annulled in 1956. He married his second wife, Kathy O’Hara, in 1959. They remained married until Wood’s death in 1978. Kathy died on June 26, 2006, having never remarried.
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In 1947, Wood moved to Hollywood, California, where he wrote scripts and directed television pilots, commercials and several forgotten micro-budget westerns with names such as Crossroads of Laredo and Crossroad Avenger: The Legend of the Tucson Kid. In 1948, Wood wrote, produced, directed, and starred in Casual Company, a play derived from his unpublished novel, which was based on his service in the United States Marine Corps. It opened at the Village Playhouse to negative reviews on October 25.
In 1952, Wood was introduced to actor Bela Lugosi by a friend and fellow writer-producer Alex Gordon, Wood’s roommate at the time, who was later involved in creating American International Pictures. Lugosi’s son, Bela Lugosi Jr., has been among those who felt Wood exploited the senior Lugosi’s stardom, taking advantage of the fading actor when he could not refuse any work, while most documents and interviews with other Wood associates in Nightmare of Ecstasy suggest that Wood and Lugosi were genuine friends and that Wood helped Lugosi through the worst days of his clinical depression and addiction. Lugosi had become dependent on morphine as a way of controlling his debilitating sciatica over the years and was in a poor physical state.
Wood billed himself under a number of different pseudonyms, including Ann Gora (in reference to Angora, his favorite female textile) and Akdov Telmig (the backward form of his favorite drink, the vodka gimlet).
Ed Wood (film) Net Worth
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Ed Wood (film) Death
By 1978, Wood’s depression had worsened, and he and his wife Kathy had both become alcoholics. They were evicted from their Hollywood apartment on Yucca Street on Thursday, December 7, 1978, in total poverty. The couple moved into the North Hollywood apartment of their friend, actor Peter Coe. Wood spent the weekend drinking vodka. Around noon on Sunday, December 10, Wood felt ill and went to lie down in Coe’s bedroom.
From the bedroom, he asked Kathy to bring him a drink, which she refused to do. A few minutes later he yelled out, “Kathy, I can’t breathe!”, a plea Kathy ignored as she later said she was tired of Wood bossing her around. After hearing no movement in the bedroom for 20 minutes, Kathy sent a friend to check on Wood, who discovered him dead from a heart attack. Kathy later said, “I still remember when I went into that room that afternoon and he was dead, his eyes and mouth were wide open. I’ll never forget the look in his eyes. He clutched at the sheets. It looked like he’d seen hell Wood was cremated, and his ashes were scattered at sea.
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He helped out the cult filmmaker with “rent money, cigarettes and booze” and got to know Bela Lugosi on ‘Glen or Glenda.’
Conrad Brooks, the actor whose résumé of rotten movies includes Plan 9 From Outer Space and five other collaborations with cult writer-director Ed Wood, has died. He was 86. Brooks died Wednesday after a series of health problems at Berkeley Medical Center in Martinsburg, West Virginia, family spokesman Edward Hopf told The Hollywood Reporter. A native of Baltimore, Brooks first met Wood in 1948 while on a trip to Hollywood with his brothers. He then played four characters in the cross-dressing/transsexual docudrama Glen or Glenda (1953), which marked Wood’s directorial debut.
The pair went on to work together in Jail Bait (1954), Bride of the Monster (1955), Night of the Ghouls(1959), Plan 9 From Outer Space (1959) — which took mere days to make and was perhaps Wood’s “masterpiece” — and The Sinister Urge (1960). Brooks, who played Patrolman Jamie in Plan 9, had a brief scene as a bartender in Tim Burton’s 1994 biopic Ed Wood and was portrayed in the film by actor Brett Hinckley. Martin Landau, of course, won an Academy Award for playing Bela Lugosi in that film. Brooks first met the real-life monster-movie legend on Glen or Glenda, he recalled in a 2015 interview with the Baltimore Post-Examiner. “I was just a young kid in my early 20s … and he was very sociable,” he said. “I was his stand-in as well. So I not only worked as an actor in that picture, I was beside him all the time.
“I catered to Bela throughout the movie. He smoked a cigar between scenes, so I would hold the cigar for him when he was filming and occasionally get him some water to drink. I was his assistant.”Brooks became a writer-director himself, beginning in 1960 with his nine-minute film Mystery in Shadows, in which the actors only appeared by way of their shadows. After relocating to West Virginia, Brooks wrote, directed and/or produced the straight-to-video Jan-Gel and Gypsy Vampire trilogies and co-starred with his late wife, Ruthie, in the feature Grandparents From Outer Space (1996).
He ended up with nearly 100 acting credits, according to IMDb — titles include A Polish Vampire in Burbank (1983), I Woke Up Early the Day I Died (1998), Max Hell Frog Warrior (2002) and Invasion of the Reptoids (2011) — and traveled the country talking about Wood at conventions. As the time of his death, Brooks was working on a memoir, I Was a Cop in Ed Wood’s Plan 9, with co-author Alan Doshna, who said the book is set to be released next year by Bear Manor Media. Survivors include his daughter Constance, grandchildren Geneva and Garrett, brother Ted and sister Irene.
In his chat with the Baltimore Post-Examiner, Brooks said he became very close to Wood. “I took care of his bills, I mean, he didn’t have much money,” he said. “You can’t expect to make a low-budget film and make a ton of money. It don’t work that way.”There were times when he couldn’t pay his rent and was evicted; I had to help him out with rent money and cigarettes and booze. I’d come to see him and he’d be shaking like a rabbit and say, ‘Connie — have you got some extra money?’ I couldn’t say no to the guy. He was like part of the family.
“He had it rough, but he enjoyed it. For a guy that didn’t have any real background in pictures, you know, he came out of the Marines and went to Hollywood and hoped to strike it rich. He did a few plays that weren’t successful at all, but the movies he did — people will remember those.