John Waters
Waters in May 2014
John Samuel Waters Jr.

(1946-04-22) April 22, 1946 (age 78)
Baltimore, Maryland, U.S.
  • Filmmaker
  • writer
  • actor
  • artist
Years active1964–present
OrganizationDreamland Productions
RelativesGeorge P. Whitaker (great-great-great-grandfather)

John Samuel Waters Jr. (born April 22, 1946) is an American filmmaker, writer, actor, and artist. He rose to fame in the early 1970s for his transgressive cult films, including Multiple Maniacs (1970), Pink Flamingos (1972) and Female Trouble (1974). Waters wrote and directed the comedy film Hairspray (1988), which was later adapted into a hit Broadway musical and a 2007 musical film. Other films he has written and directed include Desperate Living (1977), Polyester (1981), Cry-Baby (1990), Serial Mom (1994), Pecker (1998), and Cecil B. Demented (2000). His films contain elements of post-modern comedy and surrealism.

As an actor, Waters has appeared in Sweet and Lowdown (1999), Seed of Chucky (2004), 'Til Death Do Us Part (2007), Mangus! (2011), Excision (2012), and Suburban Gothic (2014). He hosted and produced the television series John Waters Presents Movies That Will Corrupt You (2006). Throughout his career, Waters has often collaborated with actor and drag queen Divine and his regular cast of the Dreamlanders.[1] More recently, he performs in his touring one-man show This Filthy World.

Waters also works as a visual artist and across different media, such as installations, photography, and sculpture. The audiobooks he narrated for his books Carsick and Mr. Know-It-All were nominated for the Grammy Award for Best Spoken Word Album in 2015 and 2020, respectively.[2] In 2018, Waters was named an officer of the Order of Arts and Letters in France.[3] He received a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame in 2023.[4]

Early life and education

Waters was born on April 22, 1946, in Baltimore, Maryland, one of four children born to Patricia Ann (née Whitaker) and John Samuel Waters, a manufacturer of fire-protection equipment.[5] He was raised Catholic by his mother, though his father was not Catholic.[6] Through his mother, who immigrated to the United States from Victoria, British Columbia, Canada as a child, he is the great-great-great-grandson of George P. Whitaker of the Whitaker iron family.[5][7] Waters grew up in Lutherville, Maryland, a suburb of Baltimore. His boyhood friend and muse, Glenn Milstead, later known as Divine, also lived in Lutherville.[8] Waters lived at 313 Morris Avenue in Lutherville from his early teenage years until he moved out in his early twenties. Waters and Milstead shot many of their early films at the house, dubbing the front lawn the "Dreamland Lot".[9]

The film Lili inspired an interest in puppets in the seven-year-old Waters, who proceeded to stage violent versions of Punch and Judy for children's birthday parties. Biographer Robrt L. Pela says that Waters's mother believes the puppets in Lili had the greatest influence on Waters's subsequent career (though Pela believes tacky films at a local drive-in, which the young Waters watched from a distance through binoculars, had a greater effect).[10]

Cry-Baby was also a product of Waters's boyhood, because of his fascination as a seven-year-old with the "drapes" then receiving intense news coverage because of the murder of Carolyn Wasilewski, a young "drapette", and his admiration for a young man living across the street who had a hot rod.[11][12]

Waters was privately educated at the Calvert School in Baltimore. After attending Towson Jr. High School in Towson, Maryland,[13] and Calvert Hall College High School in nearby Towson, he graduated from Boys' Latin School of Maryland.[14] While still a teen, he made frequent trips into downtown Baltimore to visit Martick's, a beatnik bar, where he and Milstead met many of their later film collaborators.[15] He was underage and could not enter the bar proper, but loitered in the adjacent alley, where he relied on the kindness of patrons to slip him drinks.[16]


Early career

Waters's first short film was Hag in a Black Leather Jacket.[17]

MGM's The Wizard of Oz (1939) had a profound effect on Waters' creative mind. He said about it:

I was always drawn to forbidden subject matter in the very, very beginning. The Wizard of Oz opened me up because it was one of the first movies I ever saw. It opened me up to villainy, to screenwriting, to costumes. And great dialogue. I think the witch has great, great dialogue.[18]

Waters has stated that he takes an equal amount of joy and influence from high-brow "art" films and sleazy exploitation films.[19]

In January 1966, Waters and some friends were caught smoking marijuana on the grounds of NYU, and he was soon kicked out of his dormitory. He returned to Baltimore, where he completed his next two short films, Roman Candles and Eat Your Makeup. They were followed by the feature-length films Mondo Trasho and Multiple Maniacs.[20]

Waters's films became Divine's primary star vehicles. All of Waters's early films were shot in the Baltimore area with his company of local actors, the Dreamlanders—which, in addition to Divine, included Mink Stole, Cookie Mueller, Edith Massey, David Lochary, Mary Vivian Pearce, Susan Walsh, and others. Waters met Edith Massey while she was a bartender at Pete's Hotel.[21]

Waters's early campy movies present exaggerated characters in outrageous situations with hyperbolic dialogue. Pink Flamingos, Female Trouble and Desperate Living, which he labeled the Trash Trilogy, pushed hard at the boundaries of conventional propriety and censorship.

Move toward the mainstream

John Waters signing a fan's jean jacket sleeve at the Massachusetts College of Art in Boston, 1990.

Waters's 1981 film Polyester starred Divine opposite former teen idol Tab Hunter.[22] It was the first time that Waters was not the primary camera operator for his own work, as he had started collaborating with local film student David Insley.[23][24] Since then, his films have become less controversial and more mainstream, although works such as Hairspray, Cry-Baby, Serial Mom, Pecker and Cecil B. Demented still retain his trademark inventiveness. Hairspray, the last film he produced, became a hit Broadway musical that swept the 2003 Tony Awards;[25] and a film adaptation of the Broadway musical was released in theaters on July 20, 2007, to positive reviews and commercial success.[26] Cry-Baby, itself a musical, also became a Broadway musical.[27]

In 2004, the NC-17-rated A Dirty Shame marked a return to Waters' earlier, more controversial work of the 1970s. Having received mixed reviews and bombing at the box-office, it would prove to be his last film as a director for almost two decades.

In 2007, Waters became the host ("The Groom Reaper") of 'Til Death Do Us Part, a program on America's Court TV network.

In 2008, he planned to make a children's Christmas film, Fruitcake[28] starring Johnny Knoxville and Parker Posey.[29] Filming was set for November 2008,[30] but the project was shelved in January 2009.[31] In 2010, Waters told the Chicago Tribune that "Independent films that cost $5 million are very hard to get made. I sold the idea, got a development deal, got paid a great salary to write it—and now the company is no longer around, which is the case with many independent film companies these days."[32]

In October 2022, it was announced that Waters will adapt his novel, Liarmouth, into a film. Village Roadshow Pictures will produce, and Waters will write and direct.[33]

Waters has often created characters with alliterated names for his films, such as Corny Collins, Cuddles Kovinsky, Donald and Donna Dasher, Dawn Davenport, Fat Fuck Frank, Francine Fishpaw, Link Larkin, Motormouth Maybelle, Mole McHenry, Penny and Prudy Pingleton, Ramona Ricketts, Sandy Sandstone, Sylvia Stickles, Todd Tomorrow, Tracy Turnblad, Ursula Udders, Wade Walker and Wanda Woodward.[34]

On September 18, 2023, Waters was honored with a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame. Dreamlanders Ricki Lake and Mink Stole were among the guest speakers.[35]

Other ventures

Waters with historian Jon Wiener in 2010

Waters is a bibliophile, with a collection of over 8,000 books. In 2011, during a visit to the Waters house in Baltimore, Andrew Edgecliffe-Johnson observed:

Bookshelves line the walls but they are not enough. The coffee table, desk and side tables are heaped with books, as is the replica electric chair in the hall. They range from Taschen art tomes such as The Big Butt Book to Jean Genet paperbacks and a Hungarian translation of Tennessee Williams with a pulp fiction cover. In one corner sits a doll from the horror spoof Seed of Chucky, in which Waters appeared. It feels like an eccentric professor's study, or a carefully curated exhibition based on the life of a fictional character.[36]

Waters has had his fan mail delivered to Atomic Books, an independent bookstore in Baltimore, for over 20 years.[37]

Puffing constantly on a cigarette, Waters appeared in a short film, shown in film art houses, announcing that "no smoking is permitted" in the theaters. The spot was directed by Douglas Brian Martin and produced by Douglas Brian Martin and Steven M. Martin. They also created two other short films, for the Nuart Theatre (a Landmark Theater) in West Los Angeles, California, in appreciation for their showing Pink Flamingos for many years. It is shown immediately before any of Waters' films, and before the midnight showing of The Rocky Horror Picture Show.

Waters played a minister in Blood Feast 2: All U Can Eat, directed by Herschell Gordon Lewis.[38]

Waters is a board member of the Maryland Film Festival, and has selected and hosted a favorite film there each year since its launch in 1999.[39] He is also on the advisory board of the Provincetown International Film Festival, and has hosted events and presented awards there every year since it was founded in 1999.[40][41]

He is a contributor to Artforum magazine and author of its year-end Top Ten Films list.[42]

Waters hosts an annual performance, "A John Waters Christmas", which was launched in 1996 at the Castro Theatre in San Francisco, and in 2018 toured 17 cities over 23 days.[43]

In 2014, Waters began hosting an annual "Camp John Waters" event in Kent, Connecticut. Adult fans from as far away as Australia and Chile "relive their sleepaway camping days" with an "extra-campy theme weekend."[44] Notable guests have included Debbie Harry, Patricia Hearst, Kathleen Turner, Mink Stole and Randy Harrison.[45][46]

In 2019, the Film Society of Lincoln Center celebrated its 50th anniversary at a gala where John Waters spoke in tribute to the Center along with Martin Scorsese, Dee Rees, Pedro Almodovar, Tilda Swinton, Jake Gyllenhaal, Michael Moore, Paul Dano and Zoe Kazan.[47]

Fine art

Since the early 1990s, Waters has been making photo-based artwork and installations that have been internationally exhibited in galleries and museums. In 2004, the New Museum in New York City presented a retrospective of his artwork curated by Marvin Heiferman and Lisa Phillips. His most recent exhibition John Waters: Indecent Exposure was exhibited at the Baltimore Museum of Art from October 2018 to January 2019 and later traveled to the Wexner Center for the Arts.[48][49] Prior to that, Waters exhibited Rear Projection in April 2009, at the Marianne Boesky Gallery in New York and the Gagosian Gallery in Los Angeles.[50] Waters has been represented by C. Grimaldis Gallery in Baltimore, Maryland, since 2002 and by Marianne Boesky Gallery in New York since 2006.[51][52]

Waters in 2007

Waters's pieces are often comical, such as Rush (2009), a super-sized, tipped-over bottle of poppers (nitrite inhalants), and Hardy Har (2006), a photograph of flowers that squirts water at anyone who traverses a taped line on the floor. Waters has characterized his art as conceptual: "The craft is not the issue here. The idea is. And the presentation."[53]

In November 2020, Waters promised to donate 372 artworks from his personal collection, including some of his own work as well as pieces by 125 artists, including Andy Warhol, Roy Lichtenstein, Cy Twombly, Cindy Sherman and more, to the Baltimore Museum of Art. In recognition of the donation, the museum named its rotunda after Waters, but Waters also insisted the museum name an all-gender bathroom after him.[54] Both the rotunda and the bathroom were renamed for Waters in time for the opening of the first exhibition of his bequeathed collection, Coming Attractions: The John Waters Collection on November 20, 2022.[55] Waters, who serves on the museum's board of directors, has stated the museum will fully acquire all of his art after his death.[56]


With the motif "My life is so over-scheduled, what will happen if I give up control?", Waters completed a hitchhiking journey across the United States from Baltimore to San Francisco, turning his adventures into a book titled Carsick.[57] On May 15, 2012, while on the hitchhiking trip, Waters was picked up by 20-year-old Myersville, Maryland, councilman Brett Bidle, who thought Waters was a homeless hitchhiker standing in the pouring rain. Feeling bad for Waters, he agreed to drive him four hours to Ohio.[58]

The next day, indie rock band Here We Go Magic tweeted that they had picked John Waters up hitchhiking in Ohio. He was wearing a hat with the text "Scum of the Earth".[59] In Denver, Colorado, Waters reconnected with Bidle (who had made an effort to catch up with him); Bidle then drove him another 1,000 miles (1,600 km) to Reno, Nevada. Before parting ways, Waters arranged for Bidle to stay at his San Francisco apartment: "I thought, you know what, he wanted an adventure, too ... He's the first Republican I'd ever vote for."[57]

Bidle later said: "We are polar opposites when it comes to our politics, religious beliefs. But that's what I loved about the whole trip. It was two people able to agree to disagree and still move on and have a great time. I think that's what America's all about."[57]

Personal life

Waters in New York City, 2007

Although he has maintained apartments in New York City and San Francisco's Nob Hill, as well as a summer home in Provincetown,[43] Waters mainly resides in Baltimore.[60][61] All his films are set and shot there.[62] He is recognizable by his trademark pencil moustache.[60]

As a gay man, Waters is an avid supporter of gay rights and gay pride.[63] In a 2019 interview, he said that he dislikes publicly discussing his personal life, adding that he had a partner but that they both preferred to keep the relationship private.[64]

Waters was a great fan of the music of Little Richard when growing up. He has said that, ever since he shoplifted a copy of the Little Richard song "Lucille" in 1957, at the age of 11, "I've wished I could somehow climb into Little Richard's body, hook up his heart and vocal cords to my own, and switch identities." In 1987, Playboy magazine employed Waters, then aged 41, to interview his idol, but the interview did not go well, with Waters later remarking: "It turned into kind of a disaster."[65]

Waters advocated for the parole of former Manson family member Leslie Van Houten, writing in his 2010 book Role Models, "Her crime was a long, long time ago and she has paid her dues to society".[66][67][68][69]

Throughout his life, Waters has been open about his recreational drug use, including marijuana and LSD, particularly in regards to his creative process. Waters began using LSD as a teenager, "tak[ing] LSD and see[ing]...movies all the time".[70] Waters was often on LSD while making his early films, claiming in a 2016 interview "I was on LSD [during Multiple Maniacs], I don't remember [how long it took to shoot the film]!"[71] He tried LSD again in his 70s, and documented the experience in his 2019 book Mr. Know-It-All.[72]

Waters was a smoker before quitting around 2004, saying "the only thing I've ever regretted in my whole life [was] smoking cigarettes. Because it was a nightmare giving up. It's the only thing the government ever told me that was true: It does kill you!"[73] In 2022, Waters said that if he were to write his younger self a letter, he would say "quit smoking [cigarettes] and do everything else".[74]


Year Title Director Writer Producer DOP Editor Notes Ref.
1964 Hag in a Black Leather Jacket Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Short film [75]
1966 Roman Candles Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes [76]
1968 Eat Your Makeup Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes [76]
Dorothy, the Kansas City Pot Head Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Abandoned after two days of filming
1969 Mondo Trasho Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes [77]
1970 The Diane Linkletter Story Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Short film [78]
Multiple Maniacs Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes [78]
1972 Pink Flamingos Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes [79]
1974 Female Trouble Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes [80]
1977 Desperate Living Yes Yes Yes Yes No [81]
1981 Polyester Yes Yes Yes No No [82]
1988 Hairspray Yes Yes Yes No No [83]
1990 Cry-Baby Yes Yes No No No [84]
1994 Serial Mom Yes Yes No No No [85]
1998 Pecker Yes Yes No No No [86]
2000 Cecil B. Demented Yes Yes No No No [87]
2004 A Dirty Shame Yes Yes No No No [88]
2007 Hairspray No No No No No Co-producer and consultant [89]
TBA Liarmouth Yes Yes No No No Author of source material [90]

As actor

Year Title Role Notes Ref.
1969 Mondo Trasho Reporter Voice cameo; uncredited
1972 Pink Flamingos Mr. J Voice; uncredited
1986 Something Wild Used car salesman Cameo [91]
1988 Hairspray Dr. Fredrickson
1989 Homer and Eddie Robber No. 1 Cameo [92]
1994 Serial Mom Ted Bundy Voice cameo; uncredited
1998 Pecker Pervert on phone
1999 Sweet and Lowdown Mr. Haynes [93]
2000 Cecil B. Demented Reporter Cameo; uncredited [87]
2002 Blood Feast 2: All U Can Eat The Reverend Cameo [94]
2004 Seed of Chucky Pete Peters [95]
2006 Plagues & Pleasures on the Salton Sea Narrator Voice; documentary [96]
This Film Is Not Yet Rated Himself Documentary [97]
Jackass Number Two Himself [98]
2007 Hairspray Flasher Cameo [89]
The Junior Defenders Narrator Voice; direct-to-DVD [99]
In the Land of Merry Misfits Narrator Voice [100]
2011 Mangus! Jesus Christ [101]
Of Dolls and Murder Narrator Voice; documentary [102]
2012 Excision William [103]
2014 Suburban Gothic Cornelius [104]
2015 Alvin and the Chipmunks: The Road Chip Airplane passenger Cameo [105]
2017 Mansfield 66/67 Himself Documentary [106]
TBA Mugworth Sir Butler Voice [107]


Year Title Role Notes Ref.
1990 21 Jump Street Mr. Bean Episode: "Awomp-Bomp-Aloobomb, Aloop Bamboom" [108]
1993, 1995 Homicide: Life on the Street Bartender;
R. Vincent Smith
2 episodes [109]
1997 The Simpsons John Voice; episode: "Homer's Phobia" [110]
1998 Frasier Roger Voice; episode: "The Maris Counselor"
2006–2007 'Til Death Do Us Part Groom Reaper Main; 14 episodes [111]
2006 John Waters Presents
Movies That Will Corrupt You
Himself (host) 13 episodes [112]
2007 My Name Is Earl Funeral director Episode: "Kept a Guy Locked in a Truck" [113]
2011 Superjail! Quetzalpocetlan Voice; episode "Ghosts"
2012 Fish Hooks The Yeti Lobster Voice; episode: "Rock Yeti Lobster"
2013, 2018 Mickey Mouse Wadsworth Thorndyke III Voices; 2 episodes
2014 Mr. Pickles Dr. Kelton Voice; episode: "Coma"
2015 RuPaul's Drag Race Himself Guest judge; episode: "Divine Inspiration" [114]
2016 Clarence Captain Tom Voice; episode: "Plane Excited"
Hairspray Live! Associate producer
2017 Feud: Bette and Joan William Castle Episode: "Hagsploitation" [115]
2018 The Blacklist Himself Episode: "Sutton Ross (No. 17)" [116]
Liverspots and Astronots O-Dor Voice; episode: "The Exorcism of O-Dor"
2019 Tigtone Fertile Centaur Voice; episode: "...and the Freaks of Love"
2020–2021 Law & Order: Special Victims Unit Floyd Cougat
(also credited as "Pornmonger man")
2 episodes [117]
2021 Finding Your Roots Himself (guest) Episode: "To the Manor Born" [118]
2022 Search Party Sheffield[119] 2 episodes [120][121]
The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel Lazarus Episode: "Interesting People on Christopher Street" [122][123]
Bubble Guppies Baron Von Bland Episode: "Taste Buddies!"
2024 Chucky Wendell Wilkins

Documentary appearances

Other credits

  • This Filthy World – Waters's touring one-man show, made into a feature film directed by Jeff Garlin[132]
  • Mommie Dearest (1981) – Audio commentary on film's "Hollywood Royalty Edition" DVD release (2006)[133]
  • The Little Mermaid Special Edition DVD (2006) – Interview on 'making of' documentary about Howard Ashman, the theatre (i.e. Little Shop of Horrors), and the inspiration behind the character Ursula: Divine
  • A Date with John Waters (2007), a CD collection of songs Waters finds romantic[134]
  • Christmas Evil DVD release (2006) – Audio commentary[135]
  • Breaking Up with John Waters – Waters's third CD compilation rumored as "currently in the works" in 2004[136]
  • The Other Hollywood – Commentary and opinions about pornography throughout the book[137]
  • "The Creep" (featuring Nicki Minaj) – Appeared on a television set in The Lonely Island's music video "The Creep", which made its debut on Saturday Night Live. Waters gives the introduction to the song and he is credited as a featured artist on the album.[138]
  • Art:21 – Introducing Host for Season Two, "Stories" episode – PBS DVD series[139]

Published works

  • Waters, John (1981). Shock Value. New York: Dell Pub. Co. ISBN 0-440-57871-X.
  • Waters, John (1986). Crackpot: The Obsessions of John Waters. New York: Scribner. ISBN 0-02-624440-3.
  • Waters, John; Hainley, Bruce (2003). Art: A Sex Book. New York: Thames & Hudson. ISBN 0-500-28435-0.
  • Waters, John (2010). Role Models. New York: Farrar, Straus and Giroux. ISBN 978-0-374-25147-5.
  • Waters, John (2014). Carsick: John Waters Hitchhikes Across America. New York: Farrar, Straus and Giroux. ISBN 978-0-374-29863-0.
  • Waters, John (2017). Make Trouble. Chapel Hill, NC: Algonquin Books. ISBN 978-1-61620-635-2.
  • Waters, John (2019). Mr. Know-It-All: The Tarnished Wisdom of a Filth Elder. New York: Farrar, Straus and Giroux. ISBN 978-0-374-21496-8.
Photo collections
  • Waters, John (1997). Director's Cut. New York: Scalo. ISBN 3-931141-56-X.
  • Waters, John (2006). Unwatchable. New York: Marianne Boesky Gallery. ISBN 0-9779503-0-1.


  • A John Waters Christmas – A CD of Christmas songs compiled by Waters (2004)[140]
  • A Date With John Waters  – A CD of love songs for Valentine's Day compiled by Waters. New Line Records (2007)[141]
  • Role Models  – Audiobook narrated by Mr. Waters. Tantor Media (2010)
  • Carsick: John Waters Hitchhikes Across America  – Audiobook narrated by Mr. Waters. Macmillan Audio (2014)
  • Make Trouble  – Spoken word speech. Jack White's Third Man Records (2017).[142] Produced by Grammy-winner Ian Brennan
  • Mr. Know-It-All: The Tarnished Wisdom of a Filth Elder  – Audiobook narrated by Mr. Waters. Macmillan Audio (2019)
  • Prayer to Pasolini  – Spoken word speech recorded at the murder site of filmmaker Pier Paolo Pasolini on the outskirts of Rome. Sub Pop Records (2021).[143] Produced by Grammy-winner, Ian Brennan.
  • Liarmouth: A Feel-Bad Romance (A Novel)  – Audiobook narrated by Mr. Waters. Macmillan Audio (2022)
  • It's in the Book  – Spoken word tribute to comedian Johnny Standley. Sub Pop Records (2022).[144] Produced by Grammy-winner, Ian Brennan.

Awards and nominations

In 1999, Waters was honored with the Filmmaker on the Edge Award at the Provincetown International Film Festival. In September 2015, the British Film Institute ran a programme to celebrate 50 years of Waters films which included all of his early films, some previously unscreened in the UK.

In 2014, Waters was nominated for a Grammy for the spoken word version of his book, Carsick. His follow-up record, Make Trouble, was produced by Grammy-winning producer, Ian Brennan, and released on Jack White's Third Man Records in the fall of 2017.[145] Waters received his second Grammy-nomination in 2020 for Mr. Know-It-All: The Tarnished Wisdom of a Filth Elder.[146]

In 2015, he received the Ted M. Larson Award at the Fargo Film Festival for his contribution to filmmaking.[147]

In 2016, Waters received an honorary degree from the Maryland Institute College of Art in Baltimore during the college's undergraduate commencement ceremony. He received an honorary doctorate from the University of Baltimore in 2023.[148]

In 2017, Waters received Timeless Star honors from the Gay and Lesbian Entertainment Critics Association (now GALECA: The Society of LGBTQ Entertainment Critics). The group's career achievement award goes to an entertainment figure "whose exemplary career is marked by character, wisdom and wit."[149]

In 2018, Waters was named an Officier of the Ordre des Arts et des Lettres, a cultural award from the French government.[150]

In 2023, Waters received a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame. His friends and collaborators Mink Stole, Greg Gorman, and Ricki Lake spoke at the induction. Waters brought a photo of his parents to the unveiling, dedicating the honor to them.[151] Waters' star was placed in front of Larry Edmunds Bookshop on Hollywood Boulevard, a store Waters frequents.[152]

Year Award Category Nominated work Result Ref.
1988 Sundance Film Festival Grand Jury Prize Hairspray Nominated [153]
1989 Independent Spirit Awards Best Feature Nominated
Best Director Nominated
2015 Grammy Awards Best Spoken Word Album Carsick: John Waters Hitchhikes Across America Nominated [154]
2020 Mr. Know-It-All Nominated

See also



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