Wes Craven Dead: “Scream” Director Dies Of Brain Cancer At 76
Wes Craven died on Sunday in Los Angeles after a battle brain cancer, Gossip Cop confirms. The writer and director of countless horror films, including Scream and A Nightmare On Elm Street, was 76.
Before launching his successful career as a filmmaker, Craven briefly taught English at Westminster College in Salt Lake City. He also worked as a humanities professor at Clarkson College in Omaha, and even briefly worked as a DJ at the college’s radio station.
Craven admitted in the 2005 documentary Inside Deep Throat that he made “many hardcore X-rated films” under pseudonyms early on in his career before making more mainstream movies. He made his horror film debut in 1972 when he directed The Last House on The Left.
Craven is survived by his third wife, Iya Labunka, who worked as a producer on many of his movies, and two children. His son Jonathan is a writer and director (The Hills Have Eyes 2), and his daughter Jessica is a singer with The Chapin Sisters.
Craven most recently served as the executive producer of MTV’s 10-episode “Scream” series. His final tweet, posted July 27, served as inspiration for the next generation of filmmakers. It read, “Take the 1st job you can in the industry you want to get into. The job doesn’t matter, getting your foot in the door does. #MondayMotivation”