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Ted Demme is a Actor, Director, Producer and Sound American born on 26 october 1963 at New York City (USA)

Ted Demme

Ted Demme
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Birth name Edward Kern Demme
Nationality USA
Birth 26 october 1963 at New York City (USA)
Death 13 january 2002 (at 38 years) at Santa Monica (USA)
Awards Primetime Emmy Award

Edward Kern "Ted" Demme (October 26, 1963 – January 13, 2002) was an American film director and producer.

Biography

Early life and career
Demme was born in New York City, the son of Gail (Kern) and Frederick Rogers Demme. He grew up in Rockville Centre on Long Island, New York and attended South Side Senior High School. He graduated from SUNY-Cortland in 1985. His media career likely began with a radio show at WSUC-FM (SUNY-Cortland) in Cortland, New York, the show was a mix of comedy and talk radio with the usual sidekick, as well as some music and was widely listened to on and off campus.

Demme was the nephew of film producer and director Jonathan Demme. His career had modest beginnings—starting as a production assistant at MTV, he later became a producer in the On-Air Promotions Department and created the cable network's seminal hip-hop show Yo! MTV Raps and directed other projects for them, including the infamous black-and-white rants starring then-unknown chain-smoking comedian Denis Leary.

Over the course of his career, he established a group of actors that he chose to work with on more than one occasion. The most frequently used of these was Denis Leary, who he directed as a lead or star in No Cure for Cancer, The Ref, Denis Leary: Lock 'n Load, and Monument Ave. Leary also produced the 2001 crime drama film Blow which starred Johnny Depp as George Jung and was directed by Demme. He directed Eddie Murphy in the 1999 film Life. Other actors he frequently used included:


Noah Emmerich in Beautiful Girls, Monument Ave., Life, and (a cut scene in) Blow
Max Perlich in Beautiful Girls and Blow
Adam LeFevre in The Ref and Beautiful Girls
John Benjamin Hickey in The Bet and The Ref
Personal life
Demme was married to Amanda Scheer, with whom he had two children. Scheer later opened several popular Los Angeles bars, including Teddy's at the Roosevelt Hotel, named in honor of her late husband.


Death
On Sunday, January 13, 2002, while playing a game of basketball, Demme collapsed and died of a heart attack which may have been related to cocaine later found in his system during an autopsy.

He was cremated, and his ashes were given to his family.


Tributes
Much of one edition of the IFC program Dinner for Five was given over to a description of Demme's last night and fond reminiscences about his life, mostly by Denis Leary and the show's host Jon Favreau. This touched on Demme's being a fan of the Green Bay Packers and his fondness for playing practical jokes.

At the 2002 Golden Globe awards show, one week following Demme's death, Kevin Spacey wore a picture of Demme on his suit jacket. He was also in the 74th Academy Awards In Memoriam tribute that was also presented by Kevin Spacey.

His uncle Jonathan Demme's remake of Charade, The Truth About Charlie, was dedicated in his memory.

The 2003 album Blackberry Belle, by The Twilight Singers led by Greg Dulli, was written in tribute to director Ted Demme, Dulli's close friend. Dulli had been working on another project, titled Amber Headlights (which would later see the light of day in 2005), but abandoned those sessions due to Demme's death. The recordings which followed, fueled in part by the memory of Demme, resulted in Blackberry Belle.

The 2002 film Punch-Drunk Love, written and directed by Paul Thomas Anderson is dedicated to Demme: "Boom. Bang. Larrabee. 91 Hunjee. Hi there. Bye there.

Best films

Life (1999)
(Director)
Tumbleweeds (1999)
(Executive producer)

Usually with

Source : Wikidata

Filmography of Ted Demme (14 films)

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Actor

Blow
Blow (2001)
, 2h4
Directed by Ted Demme
Origin USA
Genres Drama, Biography, Crime
Themes Medical-themed films, Prison films, Films about drugs
Actors Johnny Depp, Jordi Mollá, Penélope Cruz, Jesse James, Ray Liotta, Paul Reubens
Roles Archie Sigmond
Rating75% 3.798843.798843.798843.798843.79884
The film opens to a young George (Jesse James) and his parents Fred (Ray Liotta) and Ermine (Rachel Griffiths) of Weymouth, Massachusetts. When George is ten years old, Fred files for bankruptcy and loses everything, but tries to make George realize that money is not important.

Director

Blow
Blow (2001)
, 2h4
Directed by Ted Demme
Origin USA
Genres Drama, Biography, Crime
Themes Medical-themed films, Prison films, Films about drugs
Actors Johnny Depp, Jordi Mollá, Penélope Cruz, Jesse James, Ray Liotta, Paul Reubens
Rating75% 3.798843.798843.798843.798843.79884
The film opens to a young George (Jesse James) and his parents Fred (Ray Liotta) and Ermine (Rachel Griffiths) of Weymouth, Massachusetts. When George is ten years old, Fred files for bankruptcy and loses everything, but tries to make George realize that money is not important.
Life
Life (1999)
, 1h48
Directed by Ted Demme
Origin USA
Genres Drama, Comedy, Comedy-drama, Action, Crime
Actors Martin Lawrence, Eddie Murphy, Ned Beatty, Nick Cassavetes, Obba Babatundé, Miguel A. Nunez, Jr.
Rating67% 3.3986253.3986253.3986253.3986253.398625
Elderly inmate, Willie Long (Obba Babatundé) attends the burial of two friends who recently perished in an infirmary fire in a Mississippi prison. He begins telling the two young inmates digging the graves (Heavy D and Bönz Malone) his friends' life story.
Subway Stories: Tales from the Underground, 1h20
Directed by Bob Balaban, Jonathan Demme, Abel Ferrara, Ted Demme, Julie Dash, Seth Zvi Rosenfeld
Origin USA
Genres Drama, Comedy
Themes Transport films, Rail transport films
Actors Bill Irwin, KRS-One, Bonnie Hunt, Kevin Corrigan, Taral Hicks, Paul Lazar
Rating65% 3.2982653.2982653.2982653.2982653.298265
"Subway Stories," structured similarly to films such as "Paris, Je t'aime" and "New York, I Love You," is divided according to director into short films, each with their own title, but strung almost seamlessly together.
Beautiful Girls, 1h48
Directed by Ted Demme
Origin USA
Genres Drama, Comedy, Comedy-drama, Romantic comedy, Romance
Actors Matt Dillon, Lauren Holly, Noah Emmerich, Timothy Tarquin Hutton, Annabeth Gish, Rosie O'Donnell
Rating70% 3.548813.548813.548813.548813.54881
Willie Conway goes home for his high school class reunion in Knights Ridge, Massachusetts. He is at a crossroads in his life and cannot decide if he should marry his girlfriend. He cannot decide if he should quit his music and take a job as a salesman. Over the course of the film, he spends time with his old friends who are all at similar crossroads. By the end they all discover what it is that they want. (see character details, under "Cast" section below, for other plot developments)
The Ref
The Ref (1994)
, 1h33
Directed by Ted Demme
Origin USA
Genres Comedy, Comedy-drama, Crime
Themes Films about families, Christmas films
Actors Judy Davis, Denis Leary, Kevin Spacey, Robert J. Steinmiller Jr., Glynis Johns, Raymond J. Barry
Rating68% 3.4490353.4490353.4490353.4490353.449035
In a charming Connecticut village, Lloyd and Caroline Chasseur (Kevin Spacey and Judy Davis) are in marriage counseling on Christmas Eve; the session doesn't go well and their problems become evident. Caroline has had an affair, and Lloyd is miserable and blames the problems with their son, Jesse (Robert J. Steinmiller Jr.), on his wife. The marriage counselor Dr. Wong (played by B.D. Wong), tries to get them to open up, but, behaving professionally, he refuses to intercede on either side.
Who's the Man?, 1h25
Directed by Ted Demme, Suzanne de Passe
Origin USA
Genres Drama, Comedy, Action
Themes Films about music and musicians, Hip hop films, Musical films, Buddy films
Actors Badja Djola, Richard Bright, Colin Quinn, Denis Leary, Bernie Mac, Richard Gant
Rating54% 2.7006952.7006952.7006952.7006952.700695
Doctor Dré and Ed Lover are two bumbling barbers at a Harlem barbershop. Knowing full well that cutting hair is not their calling, their boss, friend, and mentor Nick (Jim Moody) tells the two maybe they should try out for the police academy. Crazily enough, it works out for the two, and they are accepted on the New York City police force. Things seem to be going well for them, when tragedy suddenly strikes, and they lose Nick. Now enforcers of the law, the tag team decides to investigate the incident, which they believe to be a murder.
The Bet, 21minutes
Directed by Ted Demme
Actors John Benjamin Hickey, Vincent Pastore, Anthony Crivello
Rating63% 3.1810253.1810253.1810253.1810253.181025
Two brothers Harry and Henry Hicks, run a New York deli they've inherited from their father. Younger brother Harry then develops a gambling problem.

Producer

Blow
Blow (2001)
, 2h4
Directed by Ted Demme
Origin USA
Genres Drama, Biography, Crime
Themes Medical-themed films, Prison films, Films about drugs
Actors Johnny Depp, Jordi Mollá, Penélope Cruz, Jesse James, Ray Liotta, Paul Reubens
Roles Producer
Rating75% 3.798843.798843.798843.798843.79884
The film opens to a young George (Jesse James) and his parents Fred (Ray Liotta) and Ermine (Rachel Griffiths) of Weymouth, Massachusetts. When George is ten years old, Fred files for bankruptcy and loses everything, but tries to make George realize that money is not important.
A Lesson Before Dying, 1h45
Directed by Joseph Sargent
Origin USA
Genres Drama
Actors Don Cheadle, Cicely Tyson, Mekhi Phifer, Irma P. Hall, Brent Jennings, Dana Ivey
Roles Executive producer
Rating68% 3.4442753.4442753.4442753.4442753.444275
Dans le Sud américain des années 40, un afro-américain est accusé, à tort, du meurtre d'un gérant de magasin. Au cours de sa défense, son avocat Blanc le compare à un cochon, pour expliquer qu'il n'était pas en pleine possession de ses moyens. Condamné à mort malgré tout, sa mère et sa tante demandent au professeur de l'école locale (joué par Don Cheadle) de rendre visite quotidiennement à leur protégé afin de lui rappeler qu'il n'est pas qu'un animal dénué de raison, mais qu'il est avant tout un humain digne.
Tumbleweeds, 1h42
Directed by Gavin O'Connor
Origin USA
Genres Drama, Comedy, Comedy-drama
Themes Transport films, Road movies
Actors Janet McTeer, Kimberly J. Brown, Jay O. Sanders, Gavin O'Connor, Laurel Holloman, Cody McMains
Roles Executive producer
Rating66% 3.348073.348073.348073.348073.34807
The story revolves around Mary Jo Walker, a single mother whose usual reaction to trouble is to pack her car with her belongings and take her pre-teen daughter Ava in search of greener pastures. The film commences with a strong-willed Mary-Jo in an altercation with a man. As this is something which is routine in Ava's life, she packs a suitcase as she prepares herself for their inevitable departure.