Jonathan Demme Net Worth

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Robert Jonathan Demme net worth is
$40 Million

Robert Jonathan Demme Wiki Biography

Robert Jonathan Demme (/ˈdɛmi/; born February 22, 1944) is an American filmmaker, producer and screenwriter. Best known for directing The Silence of the Lambs, for which he won the Academy Award for Best Director, he has also directed the acclaimed films Philadelphia, Rachel Getting Married, the Talking Heads concert movie Stop Making Sense and a trilogy of Neil Young documentary/concert movies. His latest film A Master Builder opened in New York during June 2014 and was based on the 19th century play by Henrik Ibsen.

Full NameJonathan Demme
Net Worth$40 Million
Date Of BirthFebruary 22, 1944
Place Of BirthBaldwin, Nassau County, New York, U.S.
Height5' 10" (1.78 m)
ProfessionDirector, Producer, Writer
EducationUniversity of Florida
SpouseEvelyn Purcell
ChildrenBrooklyn Demme, Ramona Demme, Josephine Demme
ParentsDorothy Louise Rogers, Robert Eugene Demme
SiblingsPeter Demme, Rick Demme
AwardsAcademy Award for Best Director, Persol Tribute to Visionary Talent Award, Directors Guild of America Award for Outstanding Directing – Feature Film, National Board of Review Award for Best Director, National Board of Review Award for Best Film, Gotham Independent Film Tribute Award, Gotham Indepe...
NominationsGolden Lion, Grand Jury Prize, Golden Globe Award for Best Director - Motion Picture, Silver Lion for Best Director, Independent Spirit Award for Best Feature, Independent Spirit Award for Best Director, Golden Globe Award for Best Motion Picture – Musical or Comedy, BAFTA Award for Best Film, Cé...
MoviesThe Silence of the Lambs, Ricki and the Flash, Philadelphia, Stop Making Sense, Rachel Getting Married, Something Wild, The Manchurian Candidate, Married to the Mob, Beloved, Melvin and Howard, Caged Heat, The Truth About Charlie, Neil Young: Heart of Gold, Handle with Care, Neil Young Journeys, Man...
1Frequently casts Jason Robards, Roger Corman, Kenneth Utt and Obba Babatundé in his films.
2Extreme close-ups on faces.
3Heavy use of steadicam interspersed with shots of handheld shots
4Frequently uses New Order songs in the score of his movies
5Characters looking directly into the camera
6Frequently casts character actors Tracey Walter and Paul Lazar
7Frequently uses Tak Fujimoto, as his director of photography
8Frequently casts Buzz Kilman in a cameo role
9Frequently casts Chris Isaak
10Frequently casts Charles Napier
The Manchurian Candidate (2004)$1,000,000
1[on Lu bian ye can (2015)] What if a brazen first-time filmmaker decided - beyond audaciously - that they didn't want to cut from one location to another (all quite distant from each other) for about oh, half their new movie, and instead chose to dare to go with one super-duper-transcendental half-hour plus single take? Answer: you wind up with Gan Bi's absolutely extraordinary "Kaili Blues". Fair warning here: you need to be a seriously open and accessible film buff / cineaste / movie lover to be right for this picture. The cinema muse-deities have inspired and blessed "Kaili Blues" with a magic and mystery that is utterly unique. This film is capable of generating giant cinema joyfulness in those who are ready to bring an open heart, mind and eye to this viewing experience. Director Bi Gan won 'Best Emerging Director' and 'Best First Feature' at the 2015 Locarno Film Festival. I had the thrill of seeing this film first at last year's Venice Film Festival, and two months later at the Lisbon and Estoril Film Festivals. The screenings I attended gave rise to audience-ecstasy in both situations. I loved it even more the second time. [2016]
2[on Michelle Pfeiffer] I would love to team up with Michelle again. She's underutilized.
3I was really hooked on movies at a very young age. The Manchurian Candidate (1962), along with Seven Days in May (1964), Fail-Safe (1964) and Dr. Strangelove or: How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Bomb (1964) were this quartet of anarchistic black-and-white American movies, each of which did things that you just didn't do in American movies, especially in the realm of irreverence toward politics and government institutions and the Army. I was what, 16, it was shocking, it was thrilling and, interestingly, it predated my exposure to the French New Wave so, in a way, this was the American, a certain kind of new wave in American movies.
4I don't think it's sacrilegious to remake any movie, including a good or even great movie. I think what's sacrilegious is to make a bad movie, whether it's a remake or an original. It's what I always tell my actor friends, anybody who's in this, this [business], you've gotta try to hold out and only do the scripts, do the material that offers you the opportunity to do your best work. Because if you do stuff that doesn't give you that opportunity? Your work's not gonna be good. And you're gonna suffer in the long run from that. So I don't care if it's a remake if it's a great script with parts in it that can attract fantastic actors, God, you know, to make the movie.
1Writer/director Paul Thomas Anderson is one of his biggest fans and as a result, pays homage to Demme (his famous close-ups, for example) in his work.
2Cousin of Robert W. Castle.
3Uncle-in-law of Amanda Scheer-Demme.
4Member of jury at the Cannes Film Festival in 2000.
5He and Michael Mann have both directed a Hannibal Lecter film and have also both been involved in a film about Howard Hughes. Mann directed Manhunter (1986) and produced The Aviator (2004), which he was originally to have directed. One of Demme's earliest films was Melvin and Howard (1980), and he later went on to direct The Silence of the Lambs (1991).
6Directed 8 different actors in Oscar-nominated performances: Mary Steenburgen, Jason Robards, Christine Lahti, Dean Stockwell, Anthony Hopkins, Jodie Foster, Tom Hanks, and Anne Hathaway. Steenburgen, Hopkins, Foster and Hanks won Oscars for their performances in one of Demme's movies.
7He frequently casts the same actors in most of his films, including Paul Lazar, Ted Levine, Harry Northup, Charles Napier, Dean Stockwell, Robert W. Castle, Denzel Washington, Jude Ciccolella, and Tracey Walter. He also tends to use non-actor friends or musicians he likes, as long as they are "interesting".
8Father of Josephine Demme.
9Biography in: John Wakeman, editor. "World Film Directors, Volume Two, 1945-1985". Pages 255-258. New York: The H.W. Wilson Company, 1988.
10Was voted the 45th Greatest Director of all time by Entertainment Weekly.
11Frequently uses Pablo Ferro for his Title Sequences and montages.
12Directed Bruce Springsteen's "Murder Incorporated" music video (1995).
13Has 3 children, with wife Joanne Howard.
14Uncle of Ted Demme.
15He co-directed, with Ted Demme, Bruce Springsteen's "Streets of Philadelphia" music video.
16Awarded honorary degree by Wesleyan University (June 3, 1990).


Shots Fired2017TV Series 1 episode post-production
Justin Timberlake + the Tennessee Kids2016Documentary
Ricki and the Flash2015
Another Telepathic Thing2015
The New Yorker Presents2015TV Series documentary attached
What's Motivating Hayes2015Documentary short
The Killing2013-2014TV Series 2 episodes
Line of Sight2014TV Movie
A Master Builder2013
P.O.V.2012TV Series documentary 1 episode
Enzo Avitabile Music Life2012Documentary
Kenny Chesney: Unstaged2012Documentary
Enlightened2011TV Series 2 episodes
A Gifted Man2011TV Series 1 episode
Neil Young Journeys2011Documentary
I'm Carolyn Parker2011Documentary
Tavis Smiley Reports2010TV Movie segment "Been In The Storm Too Long"
Neil Young Trunk Show2009Documentary
Rachel Getting Married2008
Jimmy Carter Man from Plains2007Documentary
Right to Return: New Home Movies from the Lower 9th Ward2007TV Mini-Series documentary
Neil Young: Heart of Gold2006Documentary
The Manchurian Candidate2004
The Agronomist2003Documentary
The Truth About Charlie2002
Bruce Springsteen: The Complete Video Anthology 1978-20002001Video documentary videos "Streets of Philadelphia", "Murder Incorporated", "If I Should Fall Behind"
The Pretenders: Greatest Hits2000Video documentary video "I Got You Babe"
The Oprah Winfrey Show1998TV Series 1 episode
Storefront Hitchcock1998Documentary
SUBWAYStories: Tales from the Underground1997TV Movie segment "Subway Car from Hell"
Murder Incorporated1995Video
The Complex Sessions1994Short
Cousin Bobby1992Documentary
The Silence of the Lambs1991
Red Hot and Blue1990TV Movie segment "In The Still Of The Night"
New Order: Substance1989Video short video "The perfect kiss"
Famous All Over Town1988
Married to the Mob1988
Haiti Dreams of Democracy1988TV Movie documentary
Trying Times1987TV Series 1 episode
Swimming to Cambodia1987
Something Wild1986
Saturday Night Live1980-1986TV Series 3 episodes
Survival Guide1985TV Movie
Artists United Against Apartheid: Sun City1985Video short
UB40 and Chrissie Hynde: I Got You Babe1985Video short
Stop Making Sense1984Documentary
Swing Shift1984
Alive from Off Center1984TV Series
American Playhouse1982TV Series 1 episode
Melvin and Howard1980
Last Embrace1979
Columbo1978TV Series 1 episode
Handle with Care1977
Fighting Mad1976
Crazy Mama1975
Caged Heat1974


Neil Young Journeys2011Documentary producer
I'm Carolyn Parker2011Documentary producer
Neil Young Trunk Show2009Documentary producer
Crude Independence2009Documentary executive producer
Rachel Getting Married2008producer
Jimmy Carter Man from Plains2007Documentary producer
Right to Return: New Home Movies from the Lower 9th Ward2007TV Mini-Series documentary producer
Neil Young: Heart of Gold2006Documentary producer
The Manchurian Candidate2004producer
Beah: A Black Woman Speaks2003Documentary producer
The Agronomist2003Documentary producer
The Truth About Charlie2002producer
Maangamizi: The Ancient One2001executive producer
The Opportunists2000executive producer
Shadrach1998executive producer
The Uttmost1998Documentary producer
SUBWAYStories: Tales from the Underground1997TV Movie executive producer
Courage and Pain1996Documentary producer
Into the Rope1996producer
Mandela1996Documentary producer
That Thing You Do!1996producer
Devil in a Blue Dress1995executive producer
Roy Cohn/Jack Smith1994executive producer
One Foot on a Banana Peel, the Other Foot in the Grave: Secrets from the Dolly Madison Room1994Documentary producer
Household Saints1993executive producer
Amos & Andrew1993executive producer - uncredited
Women & Men 2: In Love There Are No Rules1991TV Movie producer
Miami Blues1990producer
Haiti Dreams of Democracy1988TV Movie documentary producer
Something Wild1986producer
The Hot Box1972producer
Angels Hard as They Come1971producer
Deep Time2015Documentary executive producer
The Center2015executive producer
Song One2014producer
Line of Sight2014TV Movie executive producer
Everett Ruess Wilderness Song2013Documentary producer
P.O.V.2012TV Series documentary producer - 1 episode
Enzo Avitabile Music Life2012Documentary producer
Gimme the Loot2012presents
A Gifted Man2011-2012TV Series executive producer - 6 episodes


Jimmy Carter Man from Plains2007Documentary written by
The Truth About Charlie2002screenplay
Haiti Dreams of Democracy1988TV Movie documentary
Stop Making Sense1984Documentary
Saturday Night Live1980TV Series 1 episode
Fighting Mad1976written by
Caged Heat1974written by
Black Mama White Mama1973story
The Hot Box1972script
Rio Tigre1972story & screenplay
Angels Hard as They Come1971screenplay


Oz2000TV SeriesCommercial Director
Scene by Scene1999TV Series
That Thing You Do!1996Major Motion Picture Director
Married to the Mob1988Man getting off elevator (unconfirmed, uncredited)
Into the Night1985Federal Agent
Last Embrace1979Man on Train (uncredited)
The Incredible Melting Man1977Matt Winters


Brothers of the Black List2014Documentary presents
The Goodbye Kiss2006presenter
Ulee's Gold1997presenter
Joe Bob's Drive-In Theater1995TV Series director - 1 episode
Household Saints1993presenter
Naughty Wives1973director of opening sequence
Von Richthofen and Brown1971publicist - uncredited


I'm Carolyn Parker2011Documentary
The Agronomist2003Documentary

Assistant Director

Fly Me1973second unit director
The Hot Box1972second unit director

Camera Department

Jimmy Carter Man from Plains2007Documentary camera operator
Neil Young: Heart of Gold2006Documentary camera operator: home movie footage


Neil Young Trunk Show2009Documentary

Music Department

Sudden Terror1970music coordinator

Sound Department

Stop Making Sense1984Documentary re-recording supervisor


Richard Linklater: Dream Is Destiny2016Documentary special thanks
Crescendo! The Power of Music2014Documentary very special thanks
The Frontier2014very special thanks
Nosferatu vs. Father Pipecock & Sister Funk2014special thanks
This Time Tomorrow2012/Ispecial thanks
Keeper of the Flame2011Short very special thanks
Inside Story: The Silence of the Lambs2010TV Movie documentary special thanks
The Alphabet Killer2008special thanks
Je chanterai pour toi2001Documentary special thanks
Monument Ave.1998special thanks
Some Mother's Son1996special thanks
Desolation Angels1995special thanks
The Bet1992Short special thanks
True Love1989/Ispecial thanks


Untitled Carl Jung Documentary2016Documentary filmingHimself
72nd Venice Film Festival Awards Ceremony2015TV MovieHimself - Jury Member
The Ibsen Project2015Documentary shortHimself
I Thought I Told You to Shut Up!!2015Documentary shortNarrator (voice)
Rivertown Film Society-Meet Director Jonathan Demme2015Video shortHimself
PogieJoe2012TV SeriesHimself
Tavis Smiley2007-2012TV SeriesHimself
CBS This Morning2012TV SeriesHimself - Guest
Corman's World: Exploits of a Hollywood Rebel2011DocumentaryHimself
Sodankylä ikuisesti2010TV Series documentaryHimself
Inside Story: The Silence of the Lambs2010TV Movie documentaryHimself
Making of...2009TV Series documentary
Burning Down the House: The Story of CBGB2009DocumentaryHimself
Cinetipp2009TV Series documentaryHimself
At the Movies2009TV SeriesHimself
A Benefit Performance for Barack Obama featuring Toni Morrison2009VideoHimself
Cinema 32008TV SeriesHimself
Días de cine2008TV SeriesHimself
Ceremonia de clausura - 56º Festival internacional de cine de San Sebastián2008TV MovieHimself
Premio Donostia a Meryl Streep2008TV SpecialHimself - Presenter
Resumen - 56º Festival internacional de cine de San Sebastián2008TV MovieHimself
Ceremonia de inauguración - 56º Festival internacional de cine de San Sebastián2008TV MovieHimself
9th Annual State of the Black Union: Memorable Moments2008TV MovieHimself
9th Annual State of the Black Union: Building Blocks for America2008TV MovieHimself
9th Annual State of the Black Union: Breaking New Ground2008TV MovieHimself
Zoom In: Stories Behind the Best Independent Films of 20072007VideoHimself
Jimmy Carter Man from Plains2007DocumentaryHimself
San Sebastián 2006: Crónica de Carlos Boyero2006TV Movie documentaryHimself
Cruising with Neil2006Video documentary shortHimself
Cruising with the Band2006Video documentary shortHimself
Fellow Travelers2006Video documentary shortHimself
Finishing Touches2006Video documentary shortHimself
Heart of Gold: 'Rehearsal Diaries'2006Video documentary shortNarrator
These Old Guitars2006Video documentary shortHimself
Legends Ball2006TV Movie documentaryHimself
Jonathan Demme & Jodie Foster: Breaking the Silence2005Video documentary shortHimself
Jonathan Demme & Jodie Foster: Making 'The Silence of the Lambs'2005Video documentary shortHimself
Jonathan Demme & Jodie Foster: The Beginning2005Video documentary shortHimself
The 15th Annual Gotham Awards2005TV SpecialHimself - Presenter
The Cast of 'The Manchurian Candidate'2004Video shortHimself
The Enemy Within: Inside 'The Manchurian Candidate'2004Video shortHimself
The Manchurian Candidate: Political Pundits2004Video shortHimself
Jonathan Demme and the Making of 'The Manchurian Candidate'2004TV Movie documentaryHimself
Film '722004TV SeriesHimself
Charlie Rose1998-2004TV SeriesHimself - Guest
Today2004TV SeriesHimself - Guest
People Like Us: Making 'Philadelphia'2003Video documentaryHimself
The Truth About 'The Truth About Charlie'2003Video documentary shortHimself
Blood Brothers: Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band2000Video documentaryHimself
Hollywood Salutes Jodie Foster: An American Cinematheque Tribute1999TV MovieHimself
Hitchcock: Shadow of a Genius1999TV Movie documentaryHimself
The Directors1999TV Series documentaryHimself
The Uttmost1998DocumentaryHimself
Power Vision - Pop Galerie1997TV Series documentaryHimself
Movie Legends in Conversation1995TV Mini-SeriesHimself
One Foot on a Banana Peel, the Other Foot in the Grave: Secrets from the Dolly Madison Room1994DocumentaryNarrator
The 5th Annual GLAAD Media Awards1994TV SpecialHimself
Cousin Bobby1992DocumentaryHimself
The 64th Annual Academy Awards1992TV SpecialHimself - Winner: Best Director
The 49th Annual Golden Globe Awards1992TV SpecialHimself - Nominee: Best Director
The Making of 'The Silence of the Lambs'1991Video shortHimself
The Media Show1988TV SeriesHimself
Keskiyön auringon kuvat1987TV Movie documentaryHimself
Sun City: Artists United Against Apartheid1986Video documentaryHimself
Roger Corman: Hollywood's Wild Angel1978DocumentaryHimself

Archive Footage

Ok! TV2015TV SeriesHimself
Going to Pieces: The Rise and Fall of the Slasher Film2006DocumentaryHimself
Inside the Labyrinth: The Making of 'The Silence of the Lambs'2001Video documentaryHimself

Won Awards

2015Tribute AwardLisbon & Estoril Film Festival
2015Persol Tribute Visionary Talent AwardVenice Film Festival
2013Filmmaker AwardCinema Audio Society, USA
2009TFCA AwardToronto Film Critics Association AwardsBest DirectorRachel Getting Married (2008)
2007FIPRESCI PrizeVenice Film FestivalParallel SectionsJimmy Carter Man from Plains (2007)
2007Biografilm AwardVenice Film FestivalJimmy Carter Man from Plains (2007)
2007EIUC AwardVenice Film FestivalJimmy Carter Man from Plains (2007)
2006Billy Wilder AwardNational Board of Review, USA
2004Gotham Independent Film AwardGotham AwardsBest DocumentaryThe Agronomist (2003)
2004Honorable MentionSanta Barbara International Film FestivalThe Agronomist (2003)
2003Gold PlaqueChicago International Film FestivalBest DocumentaryThe Agronomist (2003)
1997Pare Lorentz AwardInternational Documentary AssociationMandela (1996)
1992OscarAcademy Awards, USABest DirectorThe Silence of the Lambs (1991)
1992Blue Ribbon AwardBlue Ribbon AwardsBest Foreign Language FilmThe Silence of the Lambs (1991)
1992CFCA AwardChicago Film Critics Association AwardsBest DirectorThe Silence of the Lambs (1991)
1992DGA AwardDirectors Guild of America, USAOutstanding Directorial Achievement in Motion PicturesThe Silence of the Lambs (1991)
1991Silver Scream AwardAmsterdam Fantastic Film FestivalThe Silence of the Lambs (1991)
1991Silver Berlin BearBerlin International Film FestivalBest DirectorThe Silence of the Lambs (1991)
1991BSFC AwardBoston Society of Film Critics AwardsBest DirectorThe Silence of the Lambs (1991)
1991Filmmaker AwardGotham Awards
1991Hochi Film AwardHochi Film AwardsBest Foreign Language FilmThe Silence of the Lambs (1991)
1991KCFCC AwardKansas City Film Critics Circle AwardsBest DirectorThe Silence of the Lambs (1991)
1991NBR AwardNational Board of Review, USABest DirectorThe Silence of the Lambs (1991)
1991NYFCC AwardNew York Film Critics Circle AwardsBest DirectorThe Silence of the Lambs (1991)
1985Grand PrixGhent International Film FestivalStop Making Sense (1984)
1980NYFCC AwardNew York Film Critics Circle AwardsBest DirectorMelvin and Howard (1980)

Nominated Awards

2013CinemaXXI AwardRome Film FestA Master Builder (2013)
2009Movies for Grownups AwardAARP Movies for Grownups AwardsBest DirectorRachel Getting Married (2008)
2009Independent Spirit AwardIndependent Spirit AwardsBest FeatureRachel Getting Married (2008)
2009Independent Spirit AwardIndependent Spirit AwardsBest DirectorRachel Getting Married (2008)
2008Golden LionVenice Film FestivalRachel Getting Married (2008)
2007Gotham Independent Film AwardGotham AwardsBest DocumentaryJimmy Carter Man from Plains (2007)
2005Black ReelBlack Reel AwardsOutstanding Television or Mini-Series FilmBeah: A Black Woman Speaks (2003)
2003Grand Jury PrizeMiami Film FestivalDocumentary Features - World Cinema CompetitionThe Agronomist (2003)
2003OFTA Film AwardOnline Film & Television AssociationBest PictureAdaptation. (2002)
2003PGA AwardPGA AwardsOutstanding Producer of Theatrical Motion PicturesAdaptation. (2002)
1998OFTA Film AwardOnline Film & Television AssociationBest Documentary PictureMandela (1996)
1994Golden Berlin BearBerlin International Film FestivalPhiladelphia (1993)
1994CFCA AwardChicago Film Critics Association AwardsBest DirectorPhiladelphia (1993)
1992Golden GlobeGolden Globes, USABest Director - Motion PictureThe Silence of the Lambs (1991)
1992BAFTA Film AwardBAFTA AwardsBest DirectionThe Silence of the Lambs (1991)
1992BAFTA Film AwardBAFTA AwardsBest FilmThe Silence of the Lambs (1991)
1992Saturn AwardAcademy of Science Fiction, Fantasy & Horror Films, USABest DirectorThe Silence of the Lambs (1991)
1992CésarCésar Awards, FranceBest Foreign Film (Meilleur film étranger)The Silence of the Lambs (1991)
1992Silver RibbonItalian National Syndicate of Film JournalistsBest Foreign Director (Regista del Miglior Film Straniero)The Silence of the Lambs (1991)
1992ALFS AwardLondon Critics Circle Film AwardsDirector of the YearThe Silence of the Lambs (1991)
1991Golden Berlin BearBerlin International Film FestivalThe Silence of the Lambs (1991)
1988Independent Spirit AwardIndependent Spirit AwardsBest DirectorSwimming to Cambodia (1987)
1987Critics AwardDeauville Film FestivalSwimming to Cambodia (1987)
1987GrammyGrammy AwardsBest Music Video, Long FormSun City: Artists United Against Apartheid (1986)
1980Golden LionVenice Film FestivalMelvin and Howard (1980)

2nd Place Awards

2002ACCAAwards Circuit Community AwardsBest Motion PictureAdaptation. (2002)
1981NSFC AwardNational Society of Film Critics Awards, USABest DirectorMelvin and Howard (1980)

3rd Place Awards

1992NSFC AwardNational Society of Film Critics Awards, USABest DirectorThe Silence of the Lambs (1991)

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