Birth Name: Peter Weir
Birth Place: Sydney, New South Wales, AU
Born on Aug. 21, 1944 in Sydney, Australia, Weir was raised by his father, Lindsay, a real estate agent, and his mother, Peggy. Weir attended a private and very conservative boarding school, Scots College, before moving on to the University of Sydney to study criminal law. But school failed to agree with him, leading to Weir dropping out when he was 19 and going to work for his father. At 21, he had saved up enough money to finance his way to England via a Greek ship, a five-week voyage that resulted in his meeting future wife, production designer Wendy Sites, whom he married in 1966. He also began taking his first steps toward a filmmaking career when he found a close-circuit television cam...
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