Ted Demme

Ted Demme

Highest Rated: 90% Snitch (1998)

Lowest Rated: 50% Who's the Man? (1993)

Birthday: Oct 26, 1963

Birthplace: New York, New York, USA

Though he was related to Oscar-winning director Jonathan Demme, director Ted Demme eschewed any hint of nepotism to gain success in Hollywood through years of hard work. Starting as a production assistant, Demme worked his way up to producer before creating the seminal show "Yo! MTV Raps" (MTV, 1988-1995), which helped introduce hip-hop to the mainstream masses. From there, he made his debut as a feature director with old friend Denis Leary in the lead for the hailed, but underappreciated comedy "The Ref" (1994). Demme earned more critical praise for the otherwise ignored "Beautiful Girls" (1996) before taking turn toward more dramatic fare with the impressive "Monument Ave." (1998). He next won an Emmy Award as one of the producers on "A Lesson Before Dying" (HBO, 1999) while taking the directing reigns for the rather misguided comedy "Life" (1999), starring Eddie Murphy and Martin Lawrence. Demme received some criticism for "Blow" (2001), his sympathetic take on real-life cocaine smuggler George Jung (Johnny Depp) that ultimately proved to be his last feature film. Regardless of the untimely end to his life, Demme had proven himself to be a talented filmmaker whose best work might have been ahead of him.




77% 83% A Decade Under the Influence Director,
$34.5K 2003
55% 87% Blow Director,
$53.1M 2001
60% 49% The Independent Self $238.4K 2000
80% 78% A Lesson Before Dying Executive Producer - 1999
82% 65% Tumbleweeds Executive Producer $1.3M 1999
51% 77% Life Director $64.0M 1999
65% 87% Rounders Producer $22.9M 1998
90% 67% Snitch Director,
$332.4K 1998
No Score Yet 61% Subway Stories Director - 1997
77% 80% Beautiful Girls Director $10.6M 1996
73% 73% The Ref Director $11.3M 1994
50% 55% Who's the Man? Director $11.3M 1993
No Score Yet 84% Denis Leary: No Cure for Cancer Director - 1992


57% No Score Yet Gun Unknown (Character) 1997