Michael Cimino

1939 - 2016

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Michael Antonio Cimino ( chim-EE-noh Italian pronunciation: [anˈtɔːnjo tʃiˈmiːno]; February 3, 1939 – July 2, 2016) was an American film director, screenwriter, producer and author. Notorious for his obsessive attention to detail and determination for perfection, Cimino achieved widespread fame with The Deer Hunter (1978), which won five Academy Awards, including Best Picture and Best Director. With a background in painting and architecture, Cimino began his career as a commercial director in New York before moving to Los Angeles in the early 1970s to take up screenwriting. Read more on Wikipedia

Since 2007, the English Wikipedia page of Michael Cimino has received more than 2,820,929 page views. His biography is available in 44 different languages on Wikipedia (up from 42 in 2019). Michael Cimino is the 141st most popular film director (down from 122nd in 2019), the 954th most popular biography from United States (down from 826th in 2019) and the 38th most popular American Film Director.

Michael Cimino is most famous for directing and producing the 1978 film "The Deer Hunter."

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Among film directors, Michael Cimino ranks 141 out of 2,041Before him are Erich von Stroheim, Lewis Milestone, Jacques Demy, Volker Schlöndorff, Moustapha Akkad, and D. W. Griffith. After him are Henri-Georges Clouzot, Jean-Pierre Jeunet, Vsevolod Meyerhold, Max Reinhardt, Alice Guy-Blaché, and Jonathan Demme.

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Among people born in 1939, Michael Cimino ranks 44Before him are Paul Hogan, Jean-Marie Lehn, Mark Margolis, Ray Manzarek, Wes Craven, and Volker Schlöndorff. After him are Kenzō Takada, Junko Tabei, Henry Mintzberg, Phil Spector, Harry Kroto, and Claude François. Among people deceased in 2016, Michael Cimino ranks 48Before him are James Cronin, Nikolaus Harnoncourt, Ray Tomlinson, Esma Redžepova, René Angélil, and George Martin. After him are Michel Galabru, Ahmed Zewail, Michèle Morgan, George Gaynes, Junko Tabei, and Viktor Korchnoi.

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In United States

Among people born in United States, Michael Cimino ranks 954 out of 20,380Before him are Bugsy Siegel (1906), Henry Way Kendall (1926), Keith Haring (1958), D. W. Griffith (1875), Jonathan Banks (1947), and Jane Wyman (1917). After him are Kim Kardashian (1980), Condoleezza Rice (1954), Myrtle Corbin (1868), John Fante (1909), Ambrose Bierce (1842), and Steve Reich (1936).

Among FILM DIRECTORS In United States

Among film directors born in United States, Michael Cimino ranks 38Before him are Howard Hawks (1896), Victor Fleming (1889), Wes Craven (1939), William Hanna (1910), George A. Romero (1940), and D. W. Griffith (1875). After him are Jonathan Demme (1944), Frances Marion (1888), Ed Wood (1924), Joseph L. Mankiewicz (1909), Joel Schumacher (1939), and Gordon Parks (1912).