Joel Schumacher

American director, screenwriter, and producer (1939–2020)

Joel T. Schumacher (August 29, 1939 – June 22, 2020) was an American movie director, writer, screenwriter, and producer. He was known for his movies such as D.C. Cab, Batman Forever, Batman & Robin, The Lost Boys, Falling Down, A Time to Kill, 8mm, Tigerland, and Phone Booth. His directorial debut came in 1981 The Incredible Shrinking Woman.

Schumacher in April 2003

Schumacher was born on August 29, 1939 in New York City.[1] He studied at Parsons The New School for Design and University of California, Los Angeles. Schumacher was openly gay.[2] He died from cancer on June 22, 2020 in New York City, aged 80.[3][4]


  1. Joel Schumacher Biography (1939-)
  2. "Gay directors bring home the bacon". The Advocate. May 13, 2003. Archived from the original on November 21, 2007. Retrieved July 8, 2007.
  3. Pedersen, Erik (June 22, 2020). "Joel Schumacher Dies: Director Of Two Batman & Brat Pack Pics, 'Falling Down' & Others Was 80". Deadline Hollywood. Retrieved June 22, 2020.
  4. Dagan, Carmel (June 22, 2020). "Joel Schumacher, Director of Batman Films and 'Lost Boys,' Dies at 80". Variety. Retrieved June 22, 2020.

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