- Robert E. Kapsis
Hitchcock, Alfred (13 August 1899–29 April 1980), motion picture director, was born Alfred Joseph Hitchcock in Leytonstone, England, the son of William Hitchcock, a greengrocer, and Emma Jane Whelan. His lower middle-class, Cockney Catholic parents enforced a strict upbringing. His main interests as a youth included maps and timetables; at one point he memorized the schedules of most of England’s train lines. Hitchcock attended a Jesuit day school for boys but spent most of his adolescence working to help support his family, particularly after his father died in 1914. He eventually found steady employment at the Henley Telegraph and Cable Company, allowing him to take night courses in economics, drawing, art history, and painting....