Born: 10 November 1955
Birthplace: Stuttgart, Germany
Best known as: Director of Independence Day
Roland Emmerich was a celebrated director of small-budget science fiction films when he teamed up with American actor/producer Dean Devlin to make the high-kicking Jean-Claude Van Damme film Universal Soldier
in 1992. The movie was a box-office success, and Emmerich followed it up with the interstellar action flick Stargate
, a surprise hit that spawned a television series. His sci-fi blockbusters Independence Day
(1996, with Will Smith
) and Godzilla
(1998, with Matthew Broderick
) and The Patriot
(2000, with Mel Gibson
) placed him solidly in the class of big-time movie makers.
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