Sam Raimi


Director, Producer, Screenwriter

About

Also Known As
Samuel Marshall Raimi
Birth Place
Royal Oak, Michigan, USA
Born
October 23, 1959

Biography

Born in a suburb of Detroit, Michigan in 1959, Sam Raimi began making movies with Bruce Campbell and some other friends when they were in their teens. The two would continue to collaborate repeatedly over the span of their careers. Raimi attended Michigan State University, but dropped out to make "The Evil Dead" (1981), starring Campbell. The film proved to be the beginning of a partners...

Family & Companions

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

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.

Biography

Born in a suburb of Detroit, Michigan in 1959, Sam Raimi began making movies with Bruce Campbell and some other friends when they were in their teens. The two would continue to collaborate repeatedly over the span of their careers. Raimi attended Michigan State University, but dropped out to make "The Evil Dead" (1981), starring Campbell. The film proved to be the beginning of a partnership with Robert Tapert (a roommate of Raimi's older brother) as a producer. Featuring Raimi's trademark kinetic camerawork, "The Evil Dead" would become a cult phenomenon and spawn a series of films as well as a reboot and a TV series. In 1994 Raimi created his first TV series. "M.A.N.T.I.S." (Fox, 1994-95), about a paralyzed doctor who becomes a superhero when assisted by a powered exoskeleton, was envisioned as a filmed comic book, but didn't make an impression with audiences and was cancelled after one season. The next year he created the hit show "Xena: Warrior Princess" (Syndication, 1995-2001). Raimi also continued to direct a variety of studio films including the critically acclaimed "A Simple Plan" (1998) and baseball film "For Love of the Game" (1999). He returned to fully embrace his inner comic book geek when he directed the blockbuster "Spider-Man" (2002), which became the first film to gross over $100 million in a single weekend. Raimi directed the next two films of his "Spider-Man" trilogy, then returned to the horror genre with "Drag Me to Hell" (2009). Although a prolific producer of television, Raimi didn't direct any until 2014, when he helmed the pilot for "Rake" (Fox, 2014) starring Greg Kinnear. In 2015, he directed the pilot for "Ash vs. Evil Dead" (Starz, 2015-18), Executive Producing with Robert Tapert, and starring Bruce Campbell.

Filmography

 

Director (Feature Film)

Oz: The Great and Powerful (2013)
Director
Drag Me to Hell (2009)
Director
Spider-Man 3 (2007)
Director
Spider-Man 2 (2004)
Director
The Gift (2000)
Director
For Love of the Game (1999)
Director
A Simple Plan (1998)
Director
The Quick and the Dead (1995)
Director
The Hudsucker Proxy (1994)
Director
Mantis (1994)
Creator
Army of Darkness (1992)
Director
Darkman (1990)
Director
Evil Dead 2: Dead By Dawn (1987)
Director
Crimewave (1986)
Director
The Evil Dead (1983)
Director

Cast (Feature Film)

The Jungle Book (2016)
Voice
Quicksilver Highway (1997)
The Flintstones (1994)
The Hudsucker Proxy (1994)
Journey to the Center of the Earth (1993)
Indian Summer (1993)
Stick Coder
John Carpenter Presents Body Bags (1993)
Innocent Blood (1992)
Maniac Cop 2 (1990)
Newscaster
Miller's Crossing (1990)
Intruder (1988)
Maniac Cop (1988)
Thou Shall Not Kill... Except (1987)
Cult Leader
Spies Like Us (1985)

Writer (Feature Film)

Evil Dead (2013)
Source Material
Drag Me to Hell (2009)
Screenplay
Spider-Man 3 (2007)
Story By
Spider-Man 3 (2007)
Screenplay
Darkman II: The Return of Durant (1995)
Characters As Source Material
Darkman III: Die Darkman Die (1995)
Characters As Source Material
The Hudsucker Proxy (1994)
Screenplay
Mantis (1994)
From Story
Army of Darkness (1992)
Screenwriter
The Nutty Nut (1992)
Screenwriter
Darkman (1990)
Story By
Darkman (1990)
Screenplay
Evil Dead 2: Dead By Dawn (1987)
Screenwriter
Crimewave (1986)
Screenplay
The Evil Dead (1983)
Screenwriter

Producer (Feature Film)

The Grudge (2020)
Producer
Crawl (2019)
Producer
Don't Breathe (2016)
Producer
Poltergeist (2015)
Producer
Evil Dead (2013)
Producer
The Possession (2012)
Producer
The Grudge 3 (2009)
Producer
Messengers 2: The Scarecrow (2009)
Executive Producer
The Messengers (2007)
Producer
30 Days of Night (2007)
Producer
Rise: Blood Hunter (2007)
Producer
The Grudge 2 (2006)
Producer
The Boogeyman (2005)
Producer
The Grudge (2004)
Producer
Hercules and Xena: The Animated Movie - The Battle for Mount Olympus (1997)
Executive Producer
Darkman II: The Return of Durant (1995)
Executive Producer
Darkman III: Die Darkman Die (1995)
Executive Producer
Timecop (1994)
Producer
Mantis (1994)
Executive Producer
Hard Target (1993)
Executive Producer
Easy Wheels (1989)
Executive Producer
The Evil Dead (1983)
Executive Producer

Misc. Crew (Feature Film)

Donnie Darko (2001)
Other
Mantis (1994)
Other

Cast (Special)

What Is a Producer? (2001)

Cast (TV Mini-Series)

Stephen King's The Shining (1997)
Stephen King's The Stand (1994)

Producer (TV Mini-Series)

Young Hercules (1998)
Executive Producer
Hercules And The Lost Kingdom (1994)
Executive Producer
Hercules In The Underworld (1994)
Executive Producer
Hercules And The Amazon Women (1994)
Executive Producer
Hercules And The Circle Of Fire (1994)
Executive Producer
Hercules In The Maze Of The Minotaur (1994)
Executive Producer

Life Events

1978

Co-wrote and directed short film "Within the Woods" with Robert Tapert and Bruce Campbell

1978

Founded Michigan State University Society for Creative Filmmaking

1979

Co-founded Renaissance Motion Pictures with Tapert and Campbell

1981

Directed horror classic "The Evil Dead"

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

Executive produced Jean-Claude Van Damme vehicle "Hard Target," the U.S. debut of celebrated Hong Kong director John Woo

1993

Played the flunky of camp director Alan Arkin in Mike Binder's "Indian Summer"

1993

Made TV movie acting debut in "Journey to the Center of the Earth" (NBC)

1994

Made miniseries acting debut in Stephen King's "The Stand" (ABC)

1994

Created short-lived Fox series "M.A.N.T.I.S."

1994

Executive produced syndicated TV movie "Hercules and the Amazon Women"

1994

Re-teamed with Van Damme to produce "Timecop"

1995

Executive produced direct-to-video sequels "Darkman II: The Return of Durant" and "Darkman III: Die Darkman Die"

1995

First film as director for script he did not write, the Western "The Quick and the Dead"

1995

Executive produced cultish supernatural drama "American Gothic"

1995

Executive produced hugely successful syndicated spin-off series "Xena: Warrior Princess"

1995

Executive produced syndicated fantasy series "Hercules: The Legendary Journeys"

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 blockbuster "Spider-Man"

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

Family

Leonard Ronald Raimi
Father
Merchant.
Celia Barbara Raimi
Mother
Merchant.
Andrea Raimi
Sister
Older.
Sander Raimi
Brother
Born c. 1953; died at age 15 in a swimming accident.
Ivan Raimi
Brother
Physician, screenwriter. Older.
Ted Raimi
Brother
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).
Lorne Raimi
Son
Born c. 1993.
Henry Raimi
Son
Born c. 1996.

Companions

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

Bibliography

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.