• Born date: 1884-02-16
  • Born in: United states
  • Death date: 1951-07-23
  • Death in: United states
Robert J. Flaherty

Robert Joseph Flaherty, FRGS (/ˈflæərti/; February 16, 1884 – July 23, 1951) was an American filmmaker who directed and produced the first commercially successful feature length documentary film, Nanook of the North (1922). The film made his reputation and nothing in his later life fully equaled its success, although he continued the development of this new genre of docufiction, e.g.