No photo available. Represent Merce Cunningham? Add or change photos at IMDbPro
Down 36,917 this week

Merce Cunningham (1919–2009)

Merce Cunningham was born on April 16, 1919 in Centralia, Washington, USA as Mercier Philip Cunningham. He is known for his work on 498 Third Avenue (1967), Breath Made Visible: Anna Halprin (2009) and Robert Rauschenberg: Man at Work (1997). He was married to John Cage. He died on July 26, 2009 in New York City, New York, USA. See full bio »

What to Watch: "The Man in the High Castle"

In this episode of "What to Watch," we talk with the cast of Amazon Studios' "The Man in the High Castle" and the show's creator, Frank Spotnitz.

Watch our interview

User Lists

Related lists from IMDb users

a list of 207 people
created 18 Jul 2012
a list of 269 people
created 20 Jul 2012
a list of 30 people
created 7 months ago

Do you have a demo reel?

Add it to your IMDbPage

Connect with IMDb

How Much Have You Seen?

How much of Merce Cunningham's work have you seen?
1 win. See more awards »

Known For


Hide Hide Show Show Director (2 credits)
 1998 Merce Cunningham (Short)
 1984 Deli Commedia (Short)
Show Show Miscellaneous Crew (2 credits)
Show Show Writer (1 credit)
Show Show Self (19 credits)
Show Show Archive footage (2 credits)

Related Videos


Personal Details

Other Works:

Considered a pioneer of modern dance, Cunningham was a member of Martha Graham's company (1939-45), and become a choreographer at Graham's own urging.

Publicity Listings:

4 Articles | See more »

Did You Know?

Personal Quote:

You have to love dancing to stick to it. It gives you nothing back, no manuscripts to store away, no paintings to show on walls and maybe hang in museums, no poems to be printed and sold, nothing but that single fleeting moment when you feel alive.


He was awarded the American National Medal of the Arts in 1990 by the National Endowment for the Arts in Washington D.C. See more »

Star Sign:


Message Boards

Discuss Merce Cunningham on the IMDb message boards »

Contribute to This Page