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Jonathan Demme (1944–2017)

Jonathan Demme was born on February 22, 1944 in Baldwin, Long Island, New York, USA as Robert Jonathan Demme. 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. See full bio »

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Won 1 Oscar. Another 27 wins & 34 nominations. See more awards »

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The Silence of the Lambs
Rachel Getting Married
Philadelphia Director
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 2018 Seven Seconds (TV Series) (1 episode)
- Brenton's Breath (2018)
 2017 The Power of Rock (Short)
 2017 Shots Fired (TV Series) (1 episode)
 2016 The New Yorker Presents (TV Series documentary) (1 episode)
- Pilot (2016)
 2015 What's Motivating Hayes (Documentary short)
 2013-2014 The Killing (TV Series) (2 episodes)
- Eden (2014)
- Reckoning (2013)
 2014 Line of Sight (TV Movie)
 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)
 2001 Bruce Springsteen: The Complete Video Anthology 1978-2000 (Video documentary) (videos "Streets of Philadelphia", "Murder Incorporated", "If I Should Fall Behind")
 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 Murder Incorporated (Video)
 1994 The Complex Sessions (Short)
 1993 Philadelphia
 1992 Cousin Bobby (Documentary)
 1990 Red Hot and Blue (TV Movie) (segment "In The Still Of The Night")
 1989 New Order: Substance (Video short) (video "The perfect kiss")
 1988 Haiti Dreams of Democracy (TV Movie documentary)
 1987 Trying Times (TV Series) (1 episode)
- A Family Tree (1987)
 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 Survival Guide (TV Movie)
 1985 New Order: The Perfect Kiss (Video short)
 1985 Now That's What I Call Music 6 (Video) (video "I Got You Babe")
 1984 Stop Making Sense (Documentary)
 1984 Swing Shift
 1984 Alive from Off Center (TV Series)
 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
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Music video: Directed Bruce Springsteen's video "Murder Incorporated". See more »

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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 »


Awarded honorary degree by Wesleyan University (June 3, 1990). See more »


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