|M. Night Shyamalan|
Selected other credits
- Wayward Pines (director and producer)
- After Earth (2013 - director, executive producer, and writer)
- The Happening (2008 - actor, writer, and producer)
- Lady in the Water (2006 - director)
- The Village (2004 - actor and producer)
- Signs (2002 - director)
- Unbreakable (2000 - actor and writer)
- The Sixth Sense (1999 - director)
- Praying with Anger (1992 - actor, director, producer, and writer)
Though full American citizens, his parents traveled to India for his birth, giving him Indian citizenship before American. He began making home films at a young age, and clips from several of these films are included on DVD releases of his feature films, typically with an introduction where he decries the poor skill he had at the time. Though he began making films professionally in 1992, it was not until the release of The Sixth Sense in 1999 that he found mainstream success.
Shyamalan was introduced to Avatar by his children, when his daughter wanted to dress up as Katara for Halloween. His children convinced him to watch the show in late season two. He was immediately intrigued and bought the DVDs of season one, which quickly made the whole family fans of the show. His favorite character is Zuko due to the morally gray complexities of his personality.
In recent years, many critics have accused him of declining quality, with The Last Airbender having a 6% "rotten" rating on "Rotten Tomatoes".
Shyamalan is currently writing and preparing The Last Airbender 2, despite negative criticism of the first film. A third movie is also planned.
Many of Shyamalan's other films had been ill-received prior to the release of The Last Airbender.
- 2011: Won a Razzie Award for The Last Airbender (Worst Director)
- 2011: Won a Razzie Award for The Last Airbender (Worst Screenplay)
- 2007: Won a Razzie Award for Lady in the Water (Worst Supporting Actor)
- 2007: Won a Razzie Award for Lady in the Water (Worst Director)
- 2006: Won a ShoWest Award (Director of the Year)
- 2001: Won a FirstGlance Award
- 2000: Won a Bram Stoker Award for The Sixth Sense (Screenplay)
- 2000: Won an Empire Award for The Sixth Sense (Best Director)
- 2000: Won a Golden Satellite Award for The Sixth Sense (Best Screenplay, Original)
- 2000: Won a Nebula Award for The Sixth Sense (Best Script)
- 2000: Won a Palm Springs International Film Festival Sonny Bono Visionary Award