Director Roger Corman, “king of the B movie” who discovered Scorsese and De Niro, has died at 98

Roger Corman was the master of cheap horror films. The American director and producer, who had nearly 400 films to his credit, died at the age of 98 at his home in Santa Monica, California. The announcement made by his family on Saturday was relayed by the American media.

Born April 5, 1926 in Detroit, Michigan, Roger Corman started in Hollywood as a courier at 20th Century Fox and later as a screenwriter. He made a name for himself above all for having directed and produced low-budget films produced at a breakneck pace from the 1950s onwards, which earned him the nickname “king of the B series”.

Big Hollywood stars started with him

“His legendary ability to stretch a dollar allowed him to quickly conceive and create period films and sci-fi epics on budgets that would not cover the food costs of a modern studio shoot,” according to his biography on the Oscars website. “Thanks to his ingenuity, his boundless energy and his deep love of cinema, Roger Corman has made more films than anyone else,” adds the site.

Among his notable films, The Fast and the Furious (1954), Dementia 13 (1963) and Big Bad Mama (1974).

Roger Corman was also an outstanding talent scout. It gave some of Hollywood’s biggest stars their start. Martin Scorsese, Robert De Niro and Francis Ford Coppola notably started with him to learn the profession.

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