Jonathan Demme (1944–2017)


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Jonathan Demme was born on February 22, 1944 in Baldwin, Long Island, New York, USA. He was a director and producer, known for The Silence of the Lambs (1991), Rachel Getting Married (2008) and Philadelphia (1993). He was married to Joanne Howard and Evelyn Purcell. He died on April 26, 2017 in Manhattan, New York City, New York. See full bio »

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Won 1 Oscar. Another 30 wins & 37 nominations. See more awards »

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(1991)
(2008)
Philadelphia Director
(1993)
Adaptation. Producer
(2002)

Filmography

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 2018 Seven Seconds (TV Mini Series) (1 episode)
- Brenton's Breath (2018)
 2017 The Power of Rock (Short)
 2017 Shots Fired (TV Series) (1 episode)
 2015 What's Motivating Hayes (Documentary short)
 2015 The New Yorker Presents (TV Series documentary) (1 episode)
- Episode #1.3 (2015) ... (segment "What's Motivating Hayes")
 2014 Line of Sight (TV Movie)
 2013-2014 The Killing (TV Series) (2 episodes)
- Eden (2014)
- Reckoning (2013)
 2012 P.O.V. (TV Series documentary) (1 episode)
 2012 Enzo Avitabile Music Life (Documentary)
 2012 Kenny Chesney: Unstaged (Documentary)
 2011 Enlightened (TV Series) (2 episodes)
- Lonely Ghosts (2011)
- Sandy (2011)
 2011 A Gifted Man (TV Series) (1 episode)
- Pilot (2011)
 2011 Neil Young Journeys (Documentary)
 2011 I'm Carolyn Parker (Documentary)
 2010 Tavis Smiley Reports (TV Series) (segment "Been In The Storm Too Long")
 2009 Neil Young: Trunk Show (Documentary)
 2007 Jimmy Carter Man from Plains (Documentary)
 2007 Right to Return: New Home Movies from the Lower 9th Ward (TV Mini Series documentary)
 2006 Neil Young: Heart of Gold (Documentary)
 2003 The Agronomist (Documentary) (directed by)
 2001 Bruce Springsteen: The Complete Video Anthology 1978-2000 (Video documentary) (videos "Streets of Philadelphia", "Murder Incorporated", "If I Should Fall Behind")
 2000 Bruce Springsteen: If I Should Fall Behind (Music Video short)
 2000 The Pretenders: Greatest Hits (Video documentary) (video "I Got You Babe")
 1998 The Oprah Winfrey Show (TV Series) (1 episode)
 1998 Beloved
 1998 Storefront Hitchcock (Documentary)
 1997 SUBWAYStories: Tales from the Underground (TV Movie) (segment "Subway Car from Hell")
 1995 Bruce Springsteen: Murder Incorporated (Music Video short)
 1994 The Complex Sessions (Short)
 1994 Bruce Springsteen: Streets of Philadelphia (Music Video short)
 1993 Philadelphia
 1992 Cousin Bobby (Documentary)
 1991 H.E.A.L.: Heal Yourself (Music Video short) (executive director)
 1990 Red Hot + Blue: A Tribute to Cole Porter (TV Movie) (segment "In The Still Of The Night")
 1988 Haiti Dreams of Democracy (TV Movie documentary)
 1987 Trying Times (TV Series) (1 episode)
- A Family Tree (1987)
 1987 Suzanne Vega: Solitude Standing (Music Video short)
 1980-1986 Saturday Night Live (TV Series) (3 episodes)
- Harry Dean Stanton/The Replacements (1986) ... (segment ": "Say No")
- Elliott Gould/Kid Creole & the Coconuts (1980) ... (segment "Gidgette Goes to Hell")
 1985 New Order: The Perfect Kiss (Music Video short)
 1985 Now That's What I Call Music 6 (Video) (video "I Got You Babe")
 1985 Survival Guide (TV Movie)
 1985 UB40 and Chrissie Hynde: I Got You Babe (Music Video short)
 1985 Artists United Against Apartheid: Sun City (Music Video short)
 1984 Alive from Off Center (TV Series)
 1984 Talking Heads: Once in a Lifetime (Live) (Music Video short)
 1984 Talking Heads: Slippery People (Live) (Music Video short)
 1984 Tom Tom Club: Genius of Love - Live (Music Video short)
 1984 Stop Making Sense (Documentary)
 1984 Swing Shift
 1982 American Playhouse (TV Series) (1 episode)
 1979 Last Embrace
 1978 Columbo (TV Series) (1 episode)
 1977 Citizens Band
 1976 Fighting Mad
 1975 Crazy Mama
 1974 Caged Heat
 1973 Fly Me (some Kung Fu scenes, uncredited)
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Personal Details

Other Works:

Music video: Co-directed (w/Ted Demme) Bruce Springsteen's video "Philadelphia". See more »

Publicity Listings:

4 Biographical Movies | 1 Print Biography | 5 Interviews | 3 Articles | See more »

Height:

5' 10" (1.78 m)

Spouse:

Joanne Howard  (his death)  (3 children) | See more »

Children:

Brooklyn Demme | See more »


Relatives:

Ted Demme (niece or nephew) | See more »
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Did You Know?

Personal Quote:

Your antagonist has to be every bit as formidable as your hero, or you diminish the character you're supposed to care about. For people starting out writing scripts, they're in that 'hiss-the-villain' mode, and you always want to say "Wait, wait, wait. They're human too. Give them some problems and you'll end up with a better story". See more »

Trivia:

He has directed two films that have been selected for the National Film Registry by the Library of Congress as being "culturally, historically or aesthetically" significant: Stop Making Sense (1984) and The Silence of the Lambs (1991). See more »

Trademark:

Heavy use of steadicam interspersed with shots of handheld shots See more »

Star Sign:

Pisces

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