One of his first pieces of footage, and one that imbued him with pride, showed the airship Hindenburg passing over the Hudson River at Poughkeepsie, shortly before its famous fiery demise at Lakehurst, New Jersey.
One of Wood's first paid jobs was as a cinema usher, and he also sang and played drums in a band.
He later fronted a singing quartet called "Eddie Wood's Little Splinters", having learned to play a variety of string instruments.
Buck Jones and Bela Lugosi were two of his earliest childhood idols.
He would often skip school in favor of watching pictures at the local movie theater, where stills from the day's movie would often be thrown in the trash by theater staff, allowing Wood to salvage them to add to his extensive collection.
On his 12th birthday, in 1936, Wood received as a gift his first movie camera, a Kodak "Cine Special".
Wood's career and camp approach has earned him and his films a cult following.
Following the publication of Rudolph Grey's 1992 oral biography Nightmare of Ecstasy: The Life and Art of Edward D. Postal Service as a custodian, and his family relocated numerous times around the United States.
Wood, Jr., Wood's life and work have undergone a public rehabilitation of sorts, leading up to director Tim Burton's biopic of Wood's life, Ed Wood (1994), a critically acclaimed film starring Johnny Depp as Wood that earned two Academy Awards. Eventually, they settled in Poughkeepsie, New York, where Ed Wood, Jr. According to Wood's second wife, Kathy O'Hara, Wood's mother Lillian would dress him in girl's clothing when he was a child because she had always wanted a daughter.
During his childhood, Wood was interested in the performing arts and pulp fiction.
(October 10, 1924 – December 10, 1978) was an American filmmaker, actor, writer, producer, and director.
In the 1950s, Wood made a number of low-budget films in the science fiction, comedy, and horror genres, intercutting stock footage.
In the 1960s and 1970s, he made sexploitation movies and wrote over 80 pulp crime, horror and sex novels.
In 1980, he was posthumously awarded a Golden Turkey Award as Worst Director of All Time, renewing public interest in his work.