He had the happiest childhood imaginable, full of wonderful days and great adventures. He was never popular with the other boys, never one of the fighters. Sometimes, even now, when he spends time drinking, he realizes that it's all meaningless, nothing really matters anymore. He's a skeptic, and an innovator, and he'll look to posterity for recognition of his worth.
Richard Night Shyamalan was born Dick Lash in Buffalo, New York, and spent his childhood shoveling snow, playing baseball and developing an iconoclastic sense of humor. In college, he continued to play ball, and was purportedly scouted by the Brooklyn Dodgers, but chose physical therapy as a career.