‘Silence of the Lambs’ director Jonathan Demme dies, age 73

The Film Doctor team send our love to the family, friends and spirit of Jonathan Demme, the Oscar-winning director of Silence of the Lambs who passed away in New York today (April 26) due to cancer complications at the age of 73, according to Variety.





Jonathan is best known for his 1991 smash hit, horror-thriller ‘The Silence of the Lambs’ featuring Anthony Hopkins’ chilling and charismatic portrayal of chianti-swigging, cannibalistic killer Hannibal Lecter.

The story follows young FBI analyst Clarice Starling – played by Jodie Foster – as she cautiously attempts to team up with Lecter to solve a murder case.

Silence of the Lambs – photo courtesy of MGM
Silence of the Lambs – photo courtesy of MGM
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The film won five Oscars for Best Picture, Best Actor, Best Actress, Best Director and Best Adapted Screenplay.



Jonathan’s other films include the critically-acclaimed, Oscar-winning drama Philadelphia (1993) starring Tom Hanks and Academy Award-nominated, Anne Hathaway drama, Rachel Getting Married (2008).

The director was born in Nassau county, New York, in 1944 and first broke into the film world by working for maverick, independent movie director Roger Corman between 1971-76. He co-wrote and produced The Hot Box and Angels Hard as They Come for Corman before directing three film for the legend’s studio New World Pictures.

Jonathan then moved onto big studio films in 1977, shooting Citizens Band (AKA Handle with Care) for Paramount Pictures. 

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