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Jonathan Demme

1944 - 2017

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Robert Jonathan Demme ( DEM-ee; February 22, 1944 – April 26, 2017) was an American filmmaker. 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). His direction of the 1991 psychological horror film The Silence of the Lambs (1991) won him the Academy Award for Best Director. Read more on Wikipedia

Since 2007, the English Wikipedia page of Jonathan Demme has received more than 2,927,353 page views. His biography is available in 59 different languages on Wikipedia (up from 56 in 2019). Jonathan Demme is the 167th most popular film director (down from 151st in 2019), the 1,091st most popular biography from United States (down from 997th in 2019) and the 45th 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 167 out of 1,581Before him are Guillermo del Toro, Jacques Rivette, Nagisa Oshima, William Friedkin, Masaki Kobayashi, and Alexander Dovzhenko. After him are Kathryn Bigelow, Bille August, Alejandro González Iñárritu, Jesús Franco, Nikita Mikhalkov, and Claude Lanzmann.

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Among people born in 1944, Jonathan Demme ranks 62Before him are Jean-Pierre Léaud, Luigi Riva, Abdul Hamid, R. Lee Ermey, John Holmes, and Rudy Giuliani. After him are Bora Milutinović, Norodom Ranariddh, Udo Kier, Peter Weir, Maria João Pires, and David J. Wineland. Among people deceased in 2017, Jonathan Demme ranks 53Before him are Jean Rochefort, Emma Morano, Chester Bennington, Mauno Koivisto, Yevgeny Yevtushenko, and Powers Boothe. After him are George Andrew Olah, Harry Dean Stanton, Adam West, Georges Prêtre, Giovanni Sartori, and Oliver Smithies.

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In United States

Among people born in United States, Jonathan Demme ranks 1,091 out of 18,182Before him are Ernie Hudson (1945), William H. Macy (1950), Muddy Waters (1913), Éamon de Valera (1882), Edmund Phelps (1933), and Douglas Fairbanks (1883). After him are James Jones (1921), Edmund Kemper (1948), Kathryn Bigelow (1951), Sugar Ray Robinson (1921), Roger Zelazny (1937), and Larry Page (1973).

Among FILM DIRECTORS In United States

Among film directors born in United States, Jonathan Demme ranks 45Before him are Joel Schumacher (1939), Blake Edwards (1922), Joseph L. Mankiewicz (1909), Ed Wood (1924), Robert Wise (1914), and William Friedkin (1935). After him are Kathryn Bigelow (1951), Robert Aldrich (1918), Don Siegel (1912), James Ivory (1928), Vincente Minnelli (1903), and Stanley Kramer (1913).