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Philip Davis Guggenheim, known popularly as Davis Guggenheim, is an American director, executive producer, and writer.
Davis Guggenheim was born on November 3, 1963, in St. Louis, Missouri, USA, to Marion Davis (née Streett) and Charles Guggenheim. He is quite popular for the Academy Award he won for Al Gore's 'An Inconvenient Truth' in 2007.
Since 2006, Davis Guggenheim has been the only filmmaker to release three documentaries that are said to be among the top 100 highest-grossing documentaries of all time. The three documentaries are 'Waiting for 'Superman'', 'It Might Get Loud', and 'An Inconvenient Truth'. Davis' father was a Jewish producer and film director, while his mother was Episcopalian. In 1979, Davis Guggenheim graduated from the Potomac School. He then went to Sidwell Friends School and later graduated from Brown University in 1986. Davis Guggenheim has been married to the actress Elisabeth Shue since 1994. They have three children, Stella Street, Miles William, and Agnes Charles, who live in Los Angeles.
Davis Guggenheim was the executive producer of the documentary film 'An Inconvenient Truth', which won him an Academy Award for Best Documentary Feature in 2007. The film is about global warming. It was the 11th highest-grossing documentary in the history of the United States. The documentary has been added to the science curriculum in many countries for its value in awareness of global warming. Davis Guggenheim also was the executive producer of the sequel of the film called 'An Inconvenient Sequel: Truth to Power', which was released in 2007. Davis Guggenheim also directed a biographical film for Barack Obama in 2008. While Obama was a presidential candidate, this film aired during the Democratic National Convention. He even directed an infomercial for Barack Obama and then released a 17-minute short film on the president in 2012 with the name 'The Road We've Traveled'. Davis Guggenheim also made some short films for the 2020 campaign of Joe Biden and assisted in some films during the 2016 presidential campaign of Hillary Clinton.
Davis Guggenheim has also produced many acclaimed documentaries like 'It Might Get Loud' on the lives of guitarists Jimmy Page, The Edge, and Jack White. It was released in 2009 and premiered at the 2008 Toronto International Film Festival. The Toronto International Film Festival of 2011 also saw another documentary focused on rock musicians. This film was named 'From the Sky Down' and is about the band U2 and their 1992 album 'Achtung Baby'. The band commissioned Davis Guggenheim to make this film for the 20th anniversary of the record. This film was nominated in the category of Best Long Form Music Video for the 2013 Grammy Award.
Davis Guggenheim is known for covering social issues in his documentaries, and his film 'Waiting for "Superman"' did that. It won the Audience Award for Best Documentary at the 2010 Sundance Film Festival. His other famous documentaries include 'He Named Me Malala', 'The Dream is Now', 'Inside Bill's Brain: Decoding Bill Gates', and more. He has also been part of the team for some episodes of 'Melrose Place', 'Sisters', 'Nevada', and more.
The estimated net worth of Davis Guggenheim is $20 million. This excludes the net worth of his wife, Elisabeth Shue, and his children, Stella Street, Miles William, and Agnes Charles.
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Davis Guggenheim is known to be 6 ft (183 cm) tall.
Davis Guggenheim was born on November 3, 1963. As of July 2022, Davis is 58 years old.
Davis Guggenheim was born Philip Davis Guggenheim in St Louis, Missouri, in the United States. He is the son of filmmaker Charles Guggenheim and Marion Davis. He has a Jewish father and an Episcopalian mother. His siblings are named Grace Guggenheim and Jonathan Guggenheim.
He went to the Potomac School, Sidwell Friends School, and Brown University. He graduated from Brown University in 1986.
In 1994, the film and television producer married the actress Elisabeth Shue. They have three children together; Agnes Charles Guggenheim, Miles William Guggenheim, and Stella Street Guggenheim. The family lives in Los Angeles as of 2022.
In 2004, Guggenheim joined 'Deadwood', the HBO Western drama, as a director and producer for the first season of the TV series. Guggenheim directed the episodes 'Deep Water', 'Reconnoitering the Rim', 'Plague', and 'Sold Under Sin'. However, he left the crew of the TV series created by David Milch after the first season.
The documentary 'The Inconvenient Truth' was directed and produced by Davis Guggenheim. This film of 2006 had former US Vice President Al Gore and his say on global warming. Guggenheim wanted to make people aware of the condition of global warming in the world.
Guggenheim is also popular for making the biographical film of presidential candidate Barack Obama. It was released in August 2008 during the Democratic National Convention.
He released a documentary named 'It Might Get Loud' in 2008 that followed the lives of guitarists The Edge, Jimmy Page, and Jack White.
His documentary in 2010 named 'Waiting for 'Superman'' is about the failures of American public education. This created a lot of debate. It was released to the public in September 2010.
He also made a documentary named 'From the Sky Down' about the band U2. It opened at the Toronto International Film Festival in 2011.
His documentary 'The Dream is Now' received a lot of critical acclaim. It was released in 2013 and followed four undocumented students in the US as they tackled the US immigration system.
He also directed 'He Named Me Malala' in 2015.
His documentary 'The Inconvenient Truth' won the Academy Award in the category Best Documentary Feature in 2007.
His documentary, 'Waiting for Superman' received the Audience Award for best documentary at the 2010 Sundance Film Festival.
He has also won the National Society of Film Critics Award for the Best Non-Fiction Film, Gotham Independent Film Audience Award, and Humanitas Prize for Documentaries – Special Awards Category.
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