Sir Alfred Joseph Hitchcock, KBE was an English/American film director and producer. He is considered one of the greatest and most influential film producers of the Twentieth Century
Some of his most famous films include 39 Steps (1935), Rear Window (1954), Vertigo (1958), and Psycho (1960).
- Born: 13 August 1899, Leytonstone, London
- Died: 29 April 1980, Bel Air, Los Angeles, California, United States
- Full name: Alfred Joseph Hitchcock
Alfred Hitchcock was born 13 August 1899 in Leytonstone, Essex, England where he studied at the Roman Catholic Salesian College and later St Ignatius College.
His childhood was not particularly happy. He suffered from obesity, a result of a glandular condition, and his parents were strict and somewhat remote.
When he was just five, his father sent him to a police station with a note that he should be locked up for 5 minutes, which left him with a life-long fear of authority and the police in particular.
During his childhood, the young Alfred would often spend time by himself, inventing games and drawing maps.
When he was 15, he left college to study at the London County Council School of Engineering and Navigation; this qualified him to be a draftsman.
He gained his first job with a telegraph company, but it was around this time he developed a burgeoning interest in the cinema, which was a recent innovation.
In the evenings after work, he would watch films and study the cinema trade newspapers.
Towards the end of the First World War, he attempted to join the army but was rejected because of his weight, although he did later manage to sign up for a brief time as a cadet in the Royal Engineers.