American directorscreenwriter, best known for his work in the horror film genre, including the three-time Emmy-nominated Stephen King film adaptation Salems Lot, the three-time Academy Award-nominatedSteven Spielberg-produced Poltergeistthe cult classic The Texas Chain Saw Massacre (1974), along wit
Hooper was born in Austin, Texas, the son of Lois Belle (née Crosby)Norman William Ray Hooper.He first used his fathers 8 mm camera at age 9. Hooper spent the 1960s as a college professordocumentary cameraman. Hooper had shot over 60 documentaries, commercialsshort films before making The Texas Chainsaw Massacre. In 1969 Hooper co-wrotedirected Eggshells, about a group of hippies in a commune house having to deal with the presence of a possible supernatural force. Eggshells did not receive theatrical release of any kind, but did win Hooper several awards, including the Atlanta Film Festival Award, when the film played around different colleges. His intention was to go to Hollywood to become a working feature film director.