Alejandro Jodorowsky (born 17 February 1929) is a Chilean filmmaker, playwright, actor, author, musician, comics writer and spiritual guru. Born to Jewish-Ukrainian parents in Chile, Jodorowsky experienced an unhappy and alienated childhood, and so immersed himself in reading and writing poetry.
Dropping out of college, he became involved in theater and in particular mime, working as a clown before founding his own theater troupe, the Teatro Mimico, in 1947. Moving to Paris in the early 1950s, Jodorowsky studied mime under Étienne Decroux before turning to cinema, directing the short film Les têtes interverties in 1957. From 1960 he divided his time between Paris and Mexico City, in the former becoming a founding member of the anarchistic avant-garde Panic Movement of performance artists. His movies were diversified between surreal, acid western, family-oriented, surrealist horror, and even an attempt at a blockbuster. He is also known as a comic strip creator, and even wrote a series of science fiction comic books.
Accompanying this, he has also written books and regularly lectures on his own spiritual system, which he calls “psychomagic” and “psychoshamanism” and which borrows from his interests in alchemy, the Tarot, Zen Buddhism, and shamanism.