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      Ted Demme

      Ted Demme

      Highest Rated: 90% Snitch (1998)

      Lowest Rated: 52% Life (1999)

      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.


      BEAUTIFUL GIRLS, Ted Demme directing Max Perlich in a scene, 1996. BLOW, Johnny Depp, discussing a scene with Director, Ted Demme, 2001. BLOW, director Ted Demme, Penelope Cruz on set, 2001, (c)New Line Cinema BLOW, Penelope Cruz and director Ted Demme on the set, 2001



      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% 77% A Lesson Before Dying Executive Producer - 1999
      82% 65% Tumbleweeds Executive Producer $1.3M 1999
      52% 77% Life Director $64.0M 1999
      64% 87% Rounders Producer $22.9M 1998
      90% 67% Snitch Director,
      $332.4K 1998
      No Score Yet 61% Subway Stories Director - 1997
      78% 80% Beautiful Girls Director $10.6M 1996
      73% 73% The Ref Director $11.3M 1994
      56% 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