1948 – Film Producer Errol Morris Born

On this date Errol Morris, film producer and director, was born in Hewlett, New York. After graduating from the University of Wisconsin, in the late 60’s, he became intrigued by Ed Gein’s bizarre murder crimes. He dropped out of the PhD program in philosophy at UC-Berkeley and relocated to Plainfield, Wisconsin, the killer’s hometown, and moved in with Gein’s next-door neighbors. Morris was also a graduate student at Princeton University. His made two innovative documentary films (1978), about pet cemeteries, and (1981), about small-town American eccentrics. He achieved his breakthrough with the feature-length film (1988) which was influential in overturning Randall Adams’ murder conviction. His 1997 film won the Best Documentary Film Award from the National Board of Review and the National Society of Film Critics. His most recent film is , which appeared in 2003. Morris has received three fellowships from the National Endowment for the Arts, a Guggenheim Fellowship, and a MacArthur Fellowship. [Source: ; ]