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Wes Craven, Creator of 'A Nightmare on Elm Street', Dies at 76

Wes Craven, Creator of 'A Nightmare on Elm Street', Dies at 76

Legendary horror movie director Wes Craven, who is responsible for classics such as A Nightmare on Elm Street and Scream, passed away earlier today at the age of 76, after battling brain cancer. The filmmaker made his mark with his first film, 1972's The Last House on the Left, and continued to be a driving force in the genre ever since. The filmmaker is survived by his third wife, producer Iya Labunka, sister Carol Buhrow, son Jonathan Craven, daughter Jessica Craven, stepdaughter Nina Tarnawksy and three grandchildren.

Wesley Earl Craven was born in Cleveland, Ohio, to Caroline (Miller) and Paul Eugene Craven, raised by a strict baptist family. He earned his undergraduate degree in English and Psychology from Wheaton University in Illinois, and earned his Masters in Philosophy and Writing from Johns Hopkins University. After college, he was briefly a humanities professor at Clarkson College of Technology in Potsdam, New York.

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