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Demme at the 2015 Montclair Film Festival
Robert Jonathan Demme

(1944-02-22)February 22, 1944
Died April 26, 2017(2017-04-26) (aged 73)
Manhattan, New York, U.S.
Alma mater University of Florida
Occupation Film director, film producer, screenwriter
Years active 1968–2017
Notable work
  • Melvin and Howard
  • Something Wild
  • Married to the Mob
  • The Silence of the Lambs
  • Philadelphia
  • Rachel Getting Married
Spouse(s) Joanne Howard
Evelyn Purcell
Children 3
Relatives Ted Demme (nephew)
Awards Academy Award for Best Director
1992 The Silence of the Lambs

Robert Jonathan Demme (February 22, 1944 – April 26, 2017) was an American filmmaker. He was born in Baldwin, New York. He was best known for directing The Silence of the Lambs, for which he won an Academy Award. He directed and co-produced Philadelphia and Rachel Getting Married.

His nephew Ted Demme (1963-2002) was a filmmaker.

On April 26, 2017, Demme died in New York City at the age of 73 due to complications from esophageal cancer and heart disease.

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