Happy birthday! Joel Schumacher turns 78 today

The iconic and legendary director turns 78 on Tuesday, Aug. 29, 2017.

Joel Schumacher is celebrating his 78th birthday today. As a number of online tributes attest, he is one of the most acclaimed directors of his generation.

Popular director-screenwriter-producer Joel Schumacher (The Phantom of the Opera, ...) has always liked to keep a bit of himself hidden from view. At 78th birthday, he remains a man of many facets.

Schumacher, a cultural icon

Born Joel T. Schumacher in New York on August 29, 1939, his career spans an arc over many different eras and tastes in American history. Schumacher's not just a great director, he's an inspiration, an icon and a successful business man. At this point in his career, there seems to be little Joel hasn't done.

And we've got a feeling the next 12 months are going to be even bigger and better for Joel Schumacher as he promises more to come. After all, he's only 78.

Happy Birthday, Joel, you're the best!

Joel Schumacher career in pictures

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