Jonathan Demme

1944 - 2017

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Robert Jonathan Demme ( DEM-ee; February 22, 1944 – April 26, 2017) was an American filmmaker, whose career directing, producing, and screenwriting spanned more than 30 years and 70 feature films, documentaries, and television productions. He was an Academy Award and a Directors Guild of America Award winner, and received nominations for a BAFTA Award, a Golden Globe Award, and three Independent Spirit Awards. Beginning his career under B-movie producer Roger Corman, Demme made his directorial debut with the 1974 women-in-prison film Caged Heat, before becoming known for his casually humanist films such as Melvin and Howard (1980), Swing Shift (1984), Something Wild (1986), and Married to the Mob (1988). Read more on Wikipedia

Since 2007, the English Wikipedia page of Jonathan Demme has received more than 3,561,245 page views. His biography is available in 61 different languages on Wikipedia (up from 59 in 2019). Jonathan Demme is the 147th most popular film director (up from 168th in 2019), the 980th most popular biography from United States (up from 1,091st in 2019) and the 39th most popular American Film Director.

Jonathan Demme is most famous for directing the movie The Silence of the Lambs.

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Among film directors, Jonathan Demme ranks 147 out of 2,041Before him are Michael Cimino, Henri-Georges Clouzot, Jean-Pierre Jeunet, Vsevolod Meyerhold, Max Reinhardt, and Alice Guy-Blaché. After him are Frances Marion, Louis Malle, Ettore Scola, Victor Sjöström, Ed Wood, and Alexander Dovzhenko.

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Among people born in 1944, Jonathan Demme ranks 72Before him are Udo Kier, Serge Haroche, Abdul Hamid, Klaus Nomi, Claudia Mori, and Bernhard Schlink. After him are Gérard Mourou, Nǃxau ǂToma, Kary Mullis, Ashraf Marwan, R. Lee Ermey, and W. G. Sebald. Among people deceased in 2017, Jonathan Demme ranks 49Before him are Powers Boothe, George A. Romero, Ryke Geerd Hamer, Harry Dean Stanton, Kenneth Arrow, and Oliver Smithies. After him are Yevgeny Yevtushenko, Antony Armstrong-Jones, 1st Earl of Snowdon, Al Jarreau, Danielle Darrieux, John Surtees, and George Andrew Olah.

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In United States

Among people born in United States, Jonathan Demme ranks 980 out of 20,380Before him are Tom Waits (1949), Julius Axelrod (1912), James Horner (1953), Ritchie Valens (1941), John Archibald Wheeler (1911), and Richard Dreyfuss (1947). After him are Marilyn vos Savant (1946), Queen Noor of Jordan (1951), Tippi Hedren (1930), Harry Markowitz (1927), Cormac McCarthy (1933), and Matt Groening (1954).

Among FILM DIRECTORS In United States

Among film directors born in United States, Jonathan Demme ranks 39Before him are Victor Fleming (1889), Wes Craven (1939), William Hanna (1910), George A. Romero (1940), D. W. Griffith (1875), and Michael Cimino (1939). After him are Frances Marion (1888), Ed Wood (1924), Joseph L. Mankiewicz (1909), Joel Schumacher (1939), Gordon Parks (1912), and Don Siegel (1912).