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George Waggner
Known aliases Joseph West; George WaGGner

George Waggner was an American movie producer, writer, actor and director. Along with screenwriter Curt Siodmak, Waggner was chiefly responsible for the creation of the 1941 film The Wolf Man and for bringing the allure of werewolf mythology into modern American pop culture.

Born in New York City on September 7, 1894, George Waggner was a pre-med college student at the Philadelphia College of Pharmacy. He dropped out of school to travel to Hollywood in the hopes of breaking into the movie industry. He appeared in several bit parts in silent films during the 1920s, but his career prospects began to dwindle, so he turned his efforts first towards writing, and then towards directing.

Body of work Edit

FilmYearRole
Man Made Monster 1941 Director; Writer
Horror Island1941Director
The Wolf Man 1941 Director; Producer
Ghost of Frankenstein 1942Producer
The Invisible Agent 1942 Associate producer
Phantom of the Opera 1943 Producer; soundtrack
Frankentein Meets the Wolf Man 1943Producer

Notes Edit

  • Waggner often spelled his name with a lowercase "w" and two capital "G"s; WaGGner.
  • In 1981, director Joe Dante payed homage to genre directors, including George Waggner, by naming several characters in his werewolf film, The Howling after them. In the film, Patrick Macnee plays the role of George Waggner, a psychiatrist who is secretly the architect of a hidden society of werewolves.

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