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M. Night Shyamalan
Date of birth 6 August 1970
Nationality American
Background Indian; Hindu

Manoj Nelliyattu Shyamalan (/IPA:ʃæməlɑːn/); Maṉōj Śyāmaḷaṉ; Malayalam: മനോജ് ശ്യാമളന്‍; ; born 6 August 1970), known professionally as M. Night Shyamalan, is an American screenwriter, film director, and film producer known for making movies with contemporary supernatural plots that climax with a twist ending. He was born in India in a Hindu household[1] but raised in raised in Penn Valley, Pennsylvania, an affluent suburb of Philadelphia. He attended Catholic and Episcopal schools before entering NYU's film school.


  1. Bamberger, Michael. The Man Who Heard Voices: Or, How M. Night Shyamalan Risked His Career on a Fairy Tale (Gotham Books, New York, 2006), p. 150.

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