David Paul Cronenberg, CC, OOnt, FRSC, is a renowned filmmaker born on March 15, 1943, in Toronto, Ontario. Widely regarded as Canada's most influential and internationally celebrated filmmaker, Cronenberg has made a significant impact on genre cinema in Canada. Known as the "Baron of Blood" and "the King of Venereal Horror," he has pushed boundaries with his controversial horror movies. His unique style of "body horror" films, including Shivers (1975), The Brood (1979), Scanners (1981), Videodrome (1983), The Fly (1986), Dead Ringers (1988), Naked Lunch (1991), and Crash (1996), have captivated audiences with their thought-provoking exploration of the complex relationship between sex, technology, and violence. Cronenberg's contributions to the film industry have been recognized with numerous awards and honours, including being a Companion of the Order of Canada, a Chevalier of the Ordre des Arts et Lettres de France, and a member of Canada's Walk of Fame. He has received 10 Genie Awards and has been honoured at prestigious international film festivals, as well as receiving lifetime achievement awards from the Governor General's Performing Arts Awards, the Canadian Screen Awards, the Cannes Film Festival, and the Venice Film Festival.