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Name: Andy Wachowski  
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Date of Birth: 29th December 1967
Place of Birth: Chicago, Illinois, USA
Profession: Writer
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The Wachowski Brothers

American Filmmakers

Larry &
Andy Wachowski

"Our films were never intended for a passive audience. There are enough of those kinds of films being made. We wanted our audience to have to work, to have to think, to have to actually participate in order to enjoy them."
(Larry Wachowski) Born June 21, 1965
Chicago, Illinois, United States
(Andy Wachowski) Born December 29, 1967
Chicago, Illinois, United States

Larry Wachowski (born June 21, 1965) and Andy Wachowski (born December 29, 1967) are film directors most famous for The Matrix Trilogy.

Born and raised in Chicago, Illinois, the Wachowskis jokingly claim to have begun their collaboration as toddlers. Both dropped out of college to pursue show business and both overcame some major hurdles on their way to success. Before entering show business, they ran a carpentry business in Chicago while creating comic books in their free time.

Since their hit with The Matrix, studios are clamoring for whatever else they have ever worked on. Trimark has bought an unproduced script they wrote years ago, Carnivore, a creepy tale about a boarding house whose residents keep disappearing. The brothers will executive-produce it, while horror veteran George A. Romero (Dawn of the Dead) will likely direct.

The brothers admit to a love for telling multi-part stories. "Because we grew up on comic books and the Tolkien trilogy, one of the things we're interested in is bringing serial fiction to cinema," Larry explains. "If you could have a film where you don't get to the hour-and-a-half mark and know, 'Okay, here it comes, the big wrap-up,' but instead you have no idea how the movie's going to end, I think that would be very exciting.". Andy puts his desire to shake up viewers a bit more bluntly. "We think movies are fairly boring and predictable. We want to screw with audience's expectations."

Their mother was a nurse and their father a businessman. Both brothers graduated from Whitney Young High, a public high school known for its performing arts and science curriculum, in 1983 and '85. They weren't seen as stand out at Whitney Young no hollywood or student films or school scandals. Students recall them playing Dungeons & Dragons and working in the school's theater and TV program, however they were always behind the scenes. Afterwards, Andy went to Emerson College in Boston. He was a top student in his introductory film class but dropped out because of failing a test says former professor, Claire Andrade-Watkins. Larry went to Bard in upstate New York. After dropping out of college, both entered the carpentry business, and began to unleash their ideas for the Matrix Trilogy. Matrix Revelations, Wired Magazine

Personal lives

In 2003, Larry's wife of nine years, Thea Bloom, divorced him on the grounds that she felt there had been dishonesty in their personal and financial lives, and sought financial remedy. It has been speculated that this "personal dishonesty" is related to long-standing rumors that Larry has gender identity disorder and is in the process of working towards a sexual reassignment.


  • "The Wachowski Brothers are very unique. They are probably- - Larry and Andy are probably two of the smartest people I know. Larry reads everything. He reads everything. I mean, everything, you know what I mean. One thing I learned through Larry, through Andy also, is that life is about research. Larry, he's constantly researching. And he's constantly reading and that's one thing that I've taken away from this project, that life is about research." - Jada Pinkett Smith

Comic books

Prior to working in the film industry, the Wachowski brothers wrote comic books for Marvel Comics' Razorline imprint, namely Ectokid (created by horror novelist Clive Barker) in 1993. In 2004, they created Burlyman Entertainment and have released comic books based on The Matrix as well as their own original creations, Shaolin Cowboy (with art by Geoff Darrow) and Doc Frankenstein (with art by Steve Skroce).


Larry (left) and Andy Wachowski
  • V for Vendetta (2006) (written) - Unreleased, March 17, 2006.
  • The Matrix Revolutions (2003) (written & directed)
  • The Matrix Reloaded (2003) (written & directed)
  • The Matrix (1999) (written & directed)
  • Bound (1996) (written & directed)
  • Assassins (1995) (story, screenplay credits)
  • Carnivore - unreleased
  • Plastic Man - unreleased
  • Primavista - online

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