August 17, 2009

architects + film

following the inspiration from the Wondersphere i'm posting what I am hoping will become the definitive list of architects in film

the architect as a lead or supporting role
the Black Cat (1934) - Boris Karloff
Mrs Miniver (1942) - Walter Pidgeon
The Fountainhead (1949) - Gary Cooper
Strangers when we meet (1960) - Kirk Douglas
The World of Suzie Wong (1960) - William Holden
Two for the Road (1967) - Albert Finney
Don't Look Now (1973) - Donald Sutherland
Death Wish (1974) - Charles Bronson
The Towering Inferno (1974) - Paul Newman
Falling in Love Again (1980) - Elliot Gould
Three Men & a Baby (1987) - Tom Selleck
The Belly of an Architect (1987) - Brian Dennehey
Jungle Fever (1991) - Wesley Snipes
Housesitter (1992) - Steven Martin
Indecent Proposal (1993) - Woody Harrelson
Fearless (1993) - Jeff Bidges
Sleepless in Seattle (1993) - Tom Hanks
Intersection (1994) - Richard Gere
Cable Guy (1996) - Matthew Broderick
One Fine Day (1996) - Michelle Pfeiffer
There's Something About Mary (1998) - Lee Evans (pretends to be an architect/lecturer)
Heaven (1998) - Martin Donovan
Three to Tango (1999) - Matthew Perry & Oliver Platt
My Life as a House (2001) - Kevin Kline (sort of, his job was a model-maker)
In the Bedroom (2001) - Nick Stahl (architecture student)
Town & Country (2001) - Warren Beatty
Love Actually (2003) - Liam Neeson
Just Like Heaven (2005) - Mark Ruffalo (landscape architect)
The Quiet (2005) - Martin Donovan
White Noise (2005) - Michael Keaton
The Namesake (2006) - Kal Penn
The Lake House (2006)- Keanu Reeves
The Architect (2006) - Anthony LaPlaglia
Firewall (2006) - Virginia Madsen
The Last Kiss (2006) - Zach Braff
Breaking & Entering (2006) - Jude Law (landscape architect)
The Shaggy Dog (2006) - Kristin Davis
Something's New (2006) - Simon Baker (landscape architect)
You, Me and Dupree (2006) - Matt Dillon
My Super Ex-girlfriend (2006) - Luke Wilson
Click (2006) - Adam Sandler and David Hasselhoff
Why did I get Married (2007) - Malik Yoba
the Orphan (2009) - Peter Sarsgaard
500 Days of Summer (2009) - Joseph Gordon-Leavitt
It's Complicated (2009) - Steve Martin
Valentine's Day (2010) - Hector Elizondo
Inception (2010) - Ellen Page

Steve Martin and Martin Donovan are the only two actors to have played architects more than once.



Greg said...

You left out Twelve Angry Men

Anonymous said...

GREAT LIST! But don't forget the 1992 movie "Housesitter" starring Steve Martin (as Architect Newton Davis) and Goldie Hawn.

Ogier said...

Surprised you mention none of Michelangelo Antonioni. Here are 4 I've seen and architecture figures prominently in them.

L'avventura (1960)
La notte (1961)
Blowup (1966)
Professione: reporter (1975)

krissybooks said...

the last kiss - zach braff and some other dude

Marcos Barinas Uribe said...

THE BELLY OF AN ARCHITECT . . . .Peter Greenway.
In this movie architecture was the protagonist ( the architecture of Boullee ).

Anonymous said...

father of the bride -dunno the actress, but it was the bride

Anonymous said...

Don't forget Spike Lee's "Jungle Fever"

Robert Thompson said...

Enough(j los abuser husband was an architect)- Bill Campbell

John Hill said...

"Town and Country" (2000) has Warren Beatty playing an architect. He's one of the main characters. One of the people (Goldie Hawn, I think) lives in Eric Owen Moss's Lawson/Westen House.

emKem said...

Well played, my friend. You know I'm going to copy this list and paste it in my own blog, right? (I started it! :oP)

mad architect said...

emKem I really hope you do!

mark said...

Sam Waterston in Woody Allen's Hannah and Her Sisters, as well.

Jorge Gorostiza said...

For more architects in films look at or in the book "La imagen supuesta, Arquitectos en el cine".

Anonymous said...

If you make an updated list, be sure to add ... 'It's Complicated' with Meryl Streep, Alec Baldwin ... Steve Martin plays an architect.

Anonymous said...

The Frighteners 1996 Michael J Fox as Frank Bannister

Anonymous said...

Great list. 'Due Date' Robert Downy Jr.

Anonymous said...

Intersection with Richard Gere.

Anonymous said...

Christopher Lloyd in "Suburban Commando" - a Hulk Hogan film

Anonymous said...

Richard Dryfuss in Posedion (2006)

Unknown said...

Great list! interesting to see them all

Jim |

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