Allen Ginsberg

Allen Ginsberg

Known for: Acting
Birthday: 1926-06-03
Deathday: 1997-04-05 (70 years old)

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Biography

Irwin Allen Ginsberg (; June 3, 1926 – April 5, 1997) was an American poet and writer. As a student at Columbia University in the 1940s, he began friendships with William S. Burroughs and Jack Kerouac, forming the core of the Beat Generation. He vigorously opposed militarism, economic materialism, and sexual repression, and he embodied various aspects of this counterculture with his views on drugs, sex, multiculturalism, hostility to bureaucracy, and openness to Eastern religions.Ginsberg is best known for his poem "Howl", in which he denounced what he saw as the destructive forces of capitalism and conformity in the United States. San Francisco police and US Customs seized "Howl" in 1956, and it attracted widespread publicity in 1957 when it became the subject of an obscenity trial, as it described heterosexual and homosexual sex at a time when sodomy laws made (male) homosexual acts a crime in every state. The poem reflected Ginsberg's own sexuality and his relationships with a number of men, including Peter Orlovsky, his lifelong partner. Judge Clayton W. Horn ruled that "Howl" was not obscene, asking: "Would there be any freedom of press or speech if one must reduce his vocabulary to vapid innocuous euphemisms?"Ginsberg was a Buddhist who extensively studied Eastern religious disciplines. He lived modestly, buying his clothing in second-hand stores and residing in apartments in New York City's East Village. One of his most influential teachers was Tibetan Buddhist Chögyam Trungpa, the founder of the Naropa Institute in Boulder, Colorado. At Trungpa's urging, Ginsberg and poet Anne Waldman started The Jack Kerouac School of Disembodied Poetics there in 1974.Ginsberg took part in decades of political protest against everything from the Vietnam War to the War on Drugs. His poem "September on Jessore Road" called attention to the plight of Bengali refugees which was caused by the 1971 Genocide and it exemplifies what literary critic Helen Vendler described as Ginsberg's persistence in protesting against "imperial politics" and "persecution of the powerless". His collection The Fall of America shared the annual National Book Award for Poetry in 1974. In 1979, he received the National Arts Club gold medal and was inducted into the American Academy of Arts and Letters. He was a Pulitzer Prize finalist in 1995 for his book Cosmopolitan Greetings: Poems 1986–1992.

Filmography

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Movies 116

Self 86

TV Shows 4

Writter 2

Voice 1

Self (archive footage)
Nam June Paik: Moon Is The Oldest TV

Nam June Paik: Moon Is The Oldest TV (2023)

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Self
Why Is We Americans?

Why Is We Americans? (2022)

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Self
Patti Smith: Electric Poet

Patti Smith: Electric Poet (2022)

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Self (archive footage)
The Velvet Underground

The Velvet Underground (2021)

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Self (archive footage)
70 Years of Youth Revolt

70 Years of Youth Revolt (2020)

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Himself (voice)
Symphony Of The Invisible

Symphony Of The Invisible (2020)

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Actor
Bob Dylan: Busy Being Born

Bob Dylan: Busy Being Born (2020)

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The Oracle of Delphi
Rolling Thunder Revue: A Bob Dylan Story by Martin Scorsese

Rolling Thunder Revue: A Bob Dylan Story by Martin Scorsese (2019)

Movie
ArchiveFootage
Barbara Rubin and the Exploding NY Underground

Barbara Rubin and the Exploding NY Underground (2018)

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Harry Smith at the Breslin Hotel

Harry Smith at the Breslin Hotel (2017)

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Self (archive footage)
How the Beatles Changed the World

How the Beatles Changed the World (2017)

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Self
The B-Side: Elsa Dorfman's Portrait Photography

The B-Side: Elsa Dorfman's Portrait Photography (2017)

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Self (archive footage)
Don't Blink: Robert Frank

Don't Blink: Robert Frank (2017)

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Self (archive footage)
Uncle Howard

Uncle Howard (2017)

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Self (archive footage)
The Stars Behind the Iron Curtain

The Stars Behind the Iron Curtain (2014)

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Great Poets: In Their Own Words

Great Poets: In Their Own Words (2014)

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Self
Beat Generation

Beat Generation (2014)

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Poem
Tropico

Tropico (2013)

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Self
Norman Mailer: The American

Norman Mailer: The American (2012)

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ArchiveFootage
Crazy Wisdom: The Life and Times of Chögyam Trungpa Rinpoche

Crazy Wisdom: The Life and Times of Chögyam Trungpa Rinpoche (2011)

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Self
Rich Hall's Continental Drifters

Rich Hall's Continental Drifters (2011)

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Self (archive footage)
William S. Burroughs: A Man Within

William S. Burroughs: A Man Within (2010)

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Writer
Howl

Howl (2010)

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Self
Ferlinghetti: A Rebirth of Wonder

Ferlinghetti: A Rebirth of Wonder (2009)

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Self
Wild Combination: A Portrait of Arthur Russell

Wild Combination: A Portrait of Arthur Russell (2008)

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Self
65 Revisited

65 Revisited (2007)

Movie
Himself (Archive Footage)
Turn On, Tune In, Drop Out

Turn On, Tune In, Drop Out (2007)

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The Old, Weird America: Harry Smith's Anthology of American Folk Music

The Old, Weird America: Harry Smith's Anthology of American Folk Music (2007)

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Self
Dylan Speaks 1965

Dylan Speaks 1965 (2006)

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Self
The Ballad of Greenwich Village

The Ballad of Greenwich Village (2005)

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Self
No Direction Home: Bob Dylan

No Direction Home: Bob Dylan (2005)

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Self
Twenty to Life: The Life & Times of John Sinclair

Twenty to Life: The Life & Times of John Sinclair (2004)

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Self
The Battle for 'I Am Curious-Yellow'

The Battle for 'I Am Curious-Yellow' (2003)

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Self (archive footage)
The Cockettes

The Cockettes (2002)

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Self
American Magus

American Magus (2002)

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Himself
New York in the Fifties

New York in the Fifties (2001)

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Self
As I Was Moving Ahead Occasionally I Saw Brief Glimpses of Beauty

As I Was Moving Ahead Occasionally I Saw Brief Glimpses of Beauty (2000)

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Condo Painting

Condo Painting (2000)

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Commentator
New York: A Documentary Film

New York: A Documentary Film (1999)

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Himself
Let It Come Down: The Life of Paul Bowles

Let It Come Down: The Life of Paul Bowles (1999)

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Self
The Source

The Source (1999)

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Self
The Fifties

The Fifties (1997)

TV Show
Self
No More to Say & Nothing to Weep For: An Elegy for Allen Ginsberg

No More to Say & Nothing to Weep For: An Elegy for Allen Ginsberg (1997)

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Writer / Music
Ballad of the Skeletons

Ballad of the Skeletons (1997)

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Self
Happy Birthday to John

Happy Birthday to John (1997)

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Self
Birth of a Nation

Birth of a Nation (1997)

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Self
Scenes from Allen's Last Three Days on Earth as a Spirit

Scenes from Allen's Last Three Days on Earth as a Spirit (1997)

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Himself
U2: A Year in Pop

U2: A Year in Pop (1997)

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Actor
A Poet from the Lower East Side

A Poet from the Lower East Side (1997)

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Actor
The Coney Island of Lawrence Ferlinghetti

The Coney Island of Lawrence Ferlinghetti (1996)

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Himself
Van Gogh's Ear

Van Gogh's Ear (1995)

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Himself
ChickenHawk

ChickenHawk (1994)

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Himself
Jonas in the Desert

Jonas in the Desert (1994)

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Self - Poet
Paul Bowles: The Complete Outsider

Paul Bowles: The Complete Outsider (1994)

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Self
Road Scholar

Road Scholar (1993)

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Self
The Life and Times of Allen Ginsberg

The Life and Times of Allen Ginsberg (1993)

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Self
Scenes from the Life of Andy Warhol: Friendships & Intersections

Scenes from the Life of Andy Warhol: Friendships & Intersections (1990)

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Self
Silence = Death

Silence = Death (1990)

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Self
Berkeley in the Sixties

Berkeley in the Sixties (1990)

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Summer of Love

Summer of Love (1990)

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Self
Heavy Petting

Heavy Petting (1989)

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Self
Growing Up in America

Growing Up in America (1989)

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Self
Gang of Souls: A Generation of Beat Poets

Gang of Souls: A Generation of Beat Poets (1989)

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Self
It Was Twenty Years Ago Today

It Was Twenty Years Ago Today (1987)

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Himself
Autumn Ritual

Autumn Ritual (1986)

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Self
He Stands in a Desert Counting the Seconds of His Life

He Stands in a Desert Counting the Seconds of His Life (1986)

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Self (archive footage)
All Star Video

All Star Video (1985)

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Himself
Before Stonewall

Before Stonewall (1984)

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Self
Burroughs: The Movie

Burroughs: The Movie (1984)

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Self
Good Morning, Mr. Orwell

Good Morning, Mr. Orwell (1984)

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This Song for Jack

This Song for Jack (1983)

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Poetry in Motion

Poetry in Motion (1982)

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Allan ‘n Allen’s Complaint

Allan ‘n Allen’s Complaint (1982)

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Self
No. 18: Mahagonny

No. 18: Mahagonny (1980)

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Self
Castelporziano, Ostia dei poeti

Castelporziano, Ostia dei poeti (1980)

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Lake Placid '80

Lake Placid '80 (1980)

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Self
La marche gaie

La marche gaie (1980)

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Self - Activist
The War at Home

The War at Home (1979)

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Self
Fried Shoes Cooked Diamonds

Fried Shoes Cooked Diamonds (1979)

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Actor
Thot-Fal'N

Thot-Fal'N (1978)

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The Father
Renaldo and Clara

Renaldo and Clara (1978)

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Self
Phil Ochs Memorial Celebration

Phil Ochs Memorial Celebration (1977)

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Self
Bob Dylan: Hard Rain

Bob Dylan: Hard Rain (1976)

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Self
Lost, Lost, Lost

Lost, Lost, Lost (1976)

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Self
Suite 212

Suite 212 (1974)

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Himself
Ciao! Manhattan

Ciao! Manhattan (1973)

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Actor
Global Groove

Global Groove (1973)

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Actor
Pickup's Tricks

Pickup's Tricks (1973)

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Actor
About Me: A Musical

About Me: A Musical (1971)

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Self
Breathing Together: Revolution of the Electric Family

Breathing Together: Revolution of the Electric Family (1971)

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Actor
Johnny Minotaur

Johnny Minotaur (1971)

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Self
Diaries, Notes, and Sketches

Diaries, Notes, and Sketches (1969)

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Self
Bed Peace

Bed Peace (1969)

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Self
Me and My Brother

Me and My Brother (1969)

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The Fall

The Fall (1969)

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Self
Yippie

Yippie (1968)

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2
Self - Guest
The Dick Cavett Show

The Dick Cavett Show (1968)

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Himself
Underground New York

Underground New York (1968)

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Joan of Arc

Joan of Arc (1967)

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Self - Non-Violent Poet-Prophet
Anatomy of Violence

Anatomy of Violence (1967)

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Himself
Tonite Let's All Make Love in London

Tonite Let's All Make Love in London (1967)

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Self
Ah, Sunflower

Ah, Sunflower (1967)

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Poet (voice)
Herostratus

Herostratus (1967)

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Himself
Hare Krishna

Hare Krishna (1967)

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Self
Be-In

Be-In (1967)

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Self
What's Happening?

What's Happening? (1967)

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Himself
Galaxie

Galaxie (1966)

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Messiah
Chappaqua

Chappaqua (1966)

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Self
Wholly Communion

Wholly Communion (1965)

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Self
Andy Warhol Screen Tests

Andy Warhol Screen Tests (1965)

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Allan for Allan

Allan for Allan (1965)

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Actor
He! Viva Dada

He! Viva Dada (1965)

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Stockhausen's Originale: Doubletakes

Stockhausen's Originale: Doubletakes (1964)

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Self
Couch

Couch (1964)

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Self (voice)
Guns of the Trees

Guns of the Trees (1961)

Movie
Allen
Pull My Daisy

Pull My Daisy (1959)

Movie
Himself
Fire in the East: A Portrait of Robert Frank

Fire in the East: A Portrait of Robert Frank

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Self
It's So Far Out, It's Straight Down!

It's So Far Out, It's Straight Down!

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Self
Ten for Two: The John Sinclair Freedom Rally

Ten for Two: The John Sinclair Freedom Rally

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Lawyer
It Don't Pay to Be an Honest Citizen

It Don't Pay to Be an Honest Citizen

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Information

Known for
Acting

Gender
Male

Birthday
1926-06-03

Deathday
1997-04-05 (70 years old)

Birth name
Irwin Allen Ginsberg

Place of birth
Newark, United States of America

Religion
Buddhism

Father
Louis Ginsberg

Citizenships
United States of America

Residences
East Village · Paterson, United States of America

Also known as
Irwin Allen Ginsberg

Awards
Golden Wreath, National Book Award for Poetry, War Resisters League Peace Award, National Book Award, Guggenheim Fellowship, Robert Frost Medal


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