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Wainwright was born in the town of Shrewsbury in Shropshire, England and started his film career in the 1980s as an actor. While in his twenties, he gained some notoriety for a short film called Open Window.
Wainwright has directed several feature films, including: Stigmata, Blank Check, The Sadness of Sex and The Fog. Stigmata was rated No. 1 at the box office, while The Fog was rated as one of the worst movies of the 2000s by Rotten Tomatoes.
According to IMDb in October 2010, Wainwright had two films in development, including Waco, a film based on the Waco siege in 1993. It was to star Giovanni Ribisi as David Koresh, as well as Adrien Brody and Kurt Russell. However, as of 2013, it has not been released (although Wainwright's website still mentions it).
Wainwright directed/produced several music videos for M.C. Hammer which contributed to him becoming a worldwide phenomenon. He has also worked with artists such as N.W.A and Michael Jackson, winning five MTV Video Music Awards, a Grammy Award (including being nominated for two) and several others.
Wainwright also directed Please Hammer, Don't Hurt 'Em: The Movie, along with John Oetjen (video producer). The film won Hammer, Wainwright and Oetjen a Grammy for Best Music Video, Long Form at the 33rd Grammy Awards.
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