Alfred Hitchcock (b. 13 August 1899, Leytonstone, England–d. 29 April 1980, Bel Air, CA) was an English film director and producer, widely regarded as one of the most influential filmmakers in the history of cinema. Known as "the Master of Suspense", he directed over 50 feature films. He began his career in the film industry in 1919 as a title card designer after training as a technical clerk and copy writer for a telegraph-cable company.