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Also Known As: Samuel Marshall Raimi Died:
Born: October 23, 1959 Cause of Death:
Birth Place: Royal Oak, Michigan, USA Profession: producer, director, screenwriter, executive, actor

Biography CLOSE THE FULL BIOGRAPHY

Though he got his start making two over-the-top cult horror film favorites-"The Evil Dead" (filmed in 1979, but released in 1983) and "Evil Dead 2: Dead By Dawn" (1987)-director Sam Raimi subsequently diversified into TV where he quietly became a major auteur of fantastic entertainment, executive producing the syndicated phenomena "Hercules: The Legendary Journeys" and "Xena: Warrior Princess" (both debuted in 1995). But it was as the director of three hugely popular and satisfying films starring the famously neurotic comic book superhero "Spider-Man" that Raimi made his biggest mark on Hollywood.

Though he got his start making two over-the-top cult horror film favorites-"The Evil Dead" (filmed in 1979, but released in 1983) and "Evil Dead 2: Dead By Dawn" (1987)-director Sam Raimi subsequently diversified into TV where he quietly became a major auteur of fantastic entertainment, executive producing the syndicated phenomena "Hercules: The Legendary Journeys" and "Xena: Warrior Princess" (both debuted in 1995). But it was as the director of three hugely popular and satisfying films starring the famously neurotic comic book superhero "Spider-Man" that Raimi made his biggest mark on Hollywood.

Filmographyclose complete filmography

DIRECTOR:

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  Spider-Man 2 (2004) Director
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  Spider-Man (2002) Director
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  Gift, The (2000) Director
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  For Love of the Game (1999) Director
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  Simple Plan, A (1998) Director
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  Quick and the Dead, The (1995) Director
10.
  Mantis (1994) Creator

CAST: (feature film)

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 Flintstones, The (1994) Cliff Look-A-Like
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 The Hudsucker Proxy (1994) Hudsucker Brainstormer
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 Indian Summer (1993) Stick Coder
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 John Carpenter Presents Body Bags (1993) Bill--Dead Attendant ("The Gas Station")
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 Innocent Blood (1992) Roma Meats Man
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 Maniac Cop 2 (1990) Newscaster
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 Miller's Crossing (1990) Snickering Gunman
10.
 Intruder (1988) Randy
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Milestones close milestones

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Received 8mm movie camera from father as a child; made numerous amateur short films
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Met future collaborators Bruce Campbell, Scott Spiegel, and John Cameron in junior high school
1978:
Founded Michigan State University Society for Creative Filmmaking
1978:
Co-wrote and directed short film "Within the Woods" with Robert Tapert and Bruce Campbell
1979:
Co-founded Renaissance Motion Pictures with Tapert and Campbell
1979:
Wrote and directed first feature, "The Evil Dead" (released in 1983)
1985:
Made minor appearance in "Spies Like Us"
1987:
Feature producing debut, executive produced sequel "Evil Dead 2: Dead By Dawn"; also directed and co-scripted with Scott Spiegel
1989:
Served as executive producer on direct-to-video "Easy Wheels"; also reportedly co-wrote screenplay under a pseudonym
1990:
Directed first studio film "Darkman"; also co-scripted with brother Ivan Raimi
1993:
Made TV movie acting debut in "Journey to the Center of the Earth" (NBC)
1993:
Played the flunky of camp director Alan Arkin in Mike Binder's "Indian Summer"
1993:
Executive produced Jean-Claude Van Damme vehicle "Hard Target," the U.S. debut of celebrated Hong Kong director John Woo
1994:
Created short-lived Fox series "M.A.N.T.I.S."
1994:
Re-teamed with Van Damme to produce "Timecop"
1994:
Executive produced syndicated TV movie "Hercules and the Amazon Women"
1994:
Made miniseries acting debut in Stephen King's "The Stand" (ABC)
1995:
First film as director for script he did not write, the Western "The Quick and the Dead"
1995:
Executive produced syndicated fantasy series "Hercules: The Legendary Journeys"
1995:
Executive produced direct-to-video sequels "Darkman II: The Return of Durant" and "Darkman III: Die Darkman Die"
1995:
Executive produced hugely successful syndicated spin-off series "Xena: Warrior Princess"
1995:
Executive produced cultish supernatural drama "American Gothic"
1998:
Returned to features as director of "A Simple Plan"
1999:
Directed Kevin Costner vehicle in baseball-themed "For the Love of the Game"
2000:
Helmed thriller "The Gift" with Cate Blanchett playing a psychic who becomes embroiled in a local murder
2002:
Directed feature version of Marvel comic "Spider-Man," starring Tobey Maguire in title role
2004:
Returned to direct second installment "Spider-Man 2," again starring Maguire
2007:
Directed Maguire, Kirsten Dunst, and James Franco in third installment "Spider-Man 3"
2009:
Returned to directing horror with "Drag Me to Hell"
2010:
Executive produced Starz series "Spartacus" and 2011 mini-series "Spartacus: Gods of the Arena"
2013:
Helmed fantasy adventure "Oz the Great and Powerful," starring James Franco in title role
2013:
Produced "Evil Dead" remake directed by Fede Alvarez
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Education

Wylie E. Groves High School: Beverly Hills , Michigan -
Michigan State University: East Lansing , Michigan -

Notes

In 1999, Raimi was named the sixth recipient of the Beatrice Wood Film Award

See also the biography of Bruce Campbell for more information on the early horror films.

Companions close complete companion listing

companion:
Lisa Henson. Executive. No longer together; president of Columbia Pictures.
wife:
Gillian Greene. Daughter of actor Lorne Greene; married c. 1992.

Family close complete family listing

father:
Leonard Ronald Raimi. Merchant.
mother:
Celia Barbara Raimi. Merchant.
sister:
Andrea Raimi. Older.
brother:
Sander Raimi. Born c. 1953; died at age 15 in a swimming accident.
brother:
Ivan Raimi. Physician, screenwriter. Older.
brother:
Ted Raimi. Actor. Older; born on December 14, 1956; has appeared in all of his brothers films; cast as a regular in "seaQuest DSV" on NBC-TV (1993-95).
son:
Lorne Raimi. Born c. 1993.
son:
Henry Raimi. Born c. 1996.
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