Cecil B. DeMille

Director, Producer, Screenwriter
Having emerged as a potent force during the birth of Hollywood, director Cecil B. DeMille was a crucial figure in the early development of the classic Hollywood narrative filmmaking style. Although less critically ... Read more »
Born: 08/12/1881 in Ashfield, Massachusetts, USA

Filmography

Director (35)

The Ten Commandments 1956 (Movie)

(Director)

The Greatest Show on Earth 1953 (Movie)

(Director)

The Story of Dr. Wassell 1943 (Movie)

(Director)

Reap the Wild Wind 1941 (Movie)

(Director)

Union Pacific 1938 (Movie)

(Director)

The Buccaneer 1937 (Movie)

(Director)

The Plainsman 1936 (Movie)

(Director)

Cleopatra 1934 (Movie)

(Director)

The Crusades 1934 (Movie)

(Director)

Dynamite 1928 (Movie)

(Director)

King of Kings 1926 (Movie)

(Director)

The Ten Commandments 1922 (Movie)

(Director)

The Affairs of Anatol 1921 (Movie)

(Director)

Why Change Your Wife? 1919 (Movie)

(Director)

Male and Female 1918 (Movie)

(Director)

The Squaw Man 1913 (Movie)

(Director)

Four Frightened People (Movie)

(Director)

Joan the Woman (Movie)

(Director)

Northwest Mounted Police (Movie)

(Director)

Romance of the Redwoods (Movie)

(Director)

Samson and Delilah (Movie)

(Director)

Something to Think About (Movie)

(Director)

Sweet Kitty Bellairs (Movie)

(Director)

Temptation (Movie)

(Director)

The Cheat (Movie)

(Director)

The Girl of the Golden West (Movie)

(Director)

The Little American (Movie)

(Director)

The Man on the Box (Movie)

(Director)

The Road to Yesterday (Movie)

(Director)

The Sign of the Cross (Movie)

(Director)

The Squaw Man (Movie)

(Director)

The Warrens of Virginia (Movie)

(Director)

This Day and Age (Movie)

(Director)

Triumph (Movie)

(Director)

Unconquered (Movie)

(Director)
Producer (32)

The Ten Commandments 1956 (Movie)

(Producer)

The Greatest Show on Earth 1953 (Movie)

(Producer)

The Story of Dr. Wassell 1943 (Movie)

(Producer)

Reap the Wild Wind 1941 (Movie)

(Producer)

Union Pacific 1938 (Movie)

(Producer)

The Buccaneer 1937 (Movie)

(Producer)

The Plainsman 1936 (Movie)

(Producer)

Cleopatra 1934 (Movie)

(Producer)

The Crusades 1934 (Movie)

(Producer)

Dynamite 1928 (Movie)

(Producer)

King of Kings 1926 (Movie)

(Producer)

The Ten Commandments 1922 (Movie)

(Producer)

The Affairs of Anatol 1921 (Movie)

(Producer)

Why Change Your Wife? 1919 (Movie)

(Producer)

Male and Female 1918 (Movie)

(Producer)

Four Frightened People (Movie)

(Producer)

Joan the Woman (Movie)

(Producer)

Northwest Mounted Police (Movie)

(Producer)

Romance of the Redwoods (Movie)

(Producer)

Samson and Delilah (Movie)

(Producer)

Something to Think About (Movie)

(Producer)

Temptation (Movie)

(Producer)

The Cheat (Movie)

(Producer)

The Girl of the Golden West (Movie)

(Producer)

The Little American (Movie)

(Producer)

The Road to Yesterday (Movie)

(Producer)

The Sign of the Cross (Movie)

(Producer)

The Squaw Man (Movie)

(Producer)

The Warrens of Virginia (Movie)

(Producer)

This Day and Age (Movie)

(Producer)

Triumph (Movie)

(Producer)

Unconquered (Movie)

(Producer)
Editor (7)

Joan the Woman (Movie)

(Editor)

Romance of the Redwoods (Movie)

(Editor)

Temptation (Movie)

(Editor)

The Cheat (Movie)

(Editor)

The Girl of the Golden West (Movie)

(Editor)

The Little American (Movie)

(Editor)

The Warrens of Virginia (Movie)

(Editor)
Actor (7)

The Buccaneer 1958 (Movie)

Narration (Narrator)

The Buster Keaton Story 1957 (Movie)

(Actor)

Sunset Boulevard 1950 (Movie)

Himself (Actor)

Variety Girl 1947 (Movie)

(Actor)

Star Spangled Rhythm 1941 (Movie)

Cecil B. DeMille (Actor)

Hollywood (Movie)

(Actor)

The Forest Rangers (Movie)

(Actor)
Writer (4)

The Squaw Man 1913 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

Snobs (Movie)

(Screenwriter)

The Girl of the Golden West (Movie)

(Screenwriter)

The Little American (Movie)

(Screenwriter)
Production Management (1)

Three Faces East (Movie)

(Presented by)

Biography

Having emerged as a potent force during the birth of Hollywood, director Cecil B. DeMille was a crucial figure in the early development of the classic Hollywood narrative filmmaking style. Although less critically revered than D.W. Griffith, DeMille actually played a more important role in shaping the structure of the Hollywood system with films like "The Squaw Man" (1914), "Brewster's Millions" (1914) and "The Cheat" (1915). The commercial success of "The Cheat" allowed DeMille to expand his creative scope to include the popular comedy "Don't Change Your Husband" (1919) and his first attempt at "The Ten Commandments" (1923). After leaving the silent era behind for the brave new world of talkies, DeMille embarked on a highly-profitable partnership with Paramount Pictures that enabled him to make his most memorable films. Among the best was "Cleopatra" (1934), which harkened the penchant for grandeur and large-scale epics that became synonymous with his name. Following a string of lesser works like his first Technicolor venture, "Northwest Mounted Police" (1940), "Reap the Wild Wind" (1942), starring John Wayne, and the flag-waving drama "The Story of Dr. Wassell" (1944), DeMille made three of what many considered to be his finest films: "Samson and Delilah" (1949), "The Greatest Show on Earth" (1952) and his remake of "The Ten Commandments" (1956). It was the latter film, with its cast of thousands and groundbreaking visual effects, that cemented DeMille's legacy as a true innovator who helped pioneer modern day epic filmmaking.

Relationships

Constance Adams

Wife
married in 1902 father was judge died on July 17, 1960 at age 87

Agnes DeMille Actor

Niece

Katherine DeMille

Daughter
adopted in the early 1920s married to actor Anthony Quinn from 1937 to 1965

Cecilia DeMille

Daughter
born in 1908

John DeMille

Son
adopted

Henry C. DeMille

Father
of Dutch descent died 1893 of typhus

Richard DeMille

Son
adopted

William DeMille

Brother
older died on March 8, 1955 at age 76

Agnes DeMille Actor

Sister
died as an infant

Jeanie Macpherson Screenplay

Companion

Cecilia Presley

Granddaughter

Beatrice Samuel

Mother
English-Jewish

William C de Mille Screenplay

Sibling

EDUCATION

American Academy of Dramatic Arts

New York , New York 1898

Pennsylvania Military College

Pennsylvania 1896

Milestones

1953

Helmed the Oscar-winning Best Picture "The Greatest Show on Earth"

1944

Left "Lux Radio Theater"

1938

Offered Republican senator nomination (California)

1937

Hired by Lever Brothers as sponsor of "Lux Radio Theater"

1931

Helped form the Screen Directors Guild

1928

With MGM

1925

First film as independent producer, "The Road to Yesterday"

1925

Left Paramount (previously Jesse L. Lasky Feature Play Company)

1925

Formed Cinema Corporation of America

1921

Formed Cecil B. DeMille Productions

1919

Formed California's first commercial airline, Mercury Aviation Company

1916

Helped devise a mechanical color tinting process for his "Joan the Woman"

1914

First film as co-producer and co-director (with Oscar C. Apfel) "The Squaw Man" (first US feature film)

1913

Formed motion picture firm Lasky Feature Play Company with Jesse L. Lasky, Samuel Goldfish (later Goldwyn) and Arthur Friend

1910

Made general manager of mother's DeMille Play Company

1907

Acted for David Belasco

1900

Broadway acting debut in "Hearts Are Trumps"

Formed DeMille Foundation for Political Freedom in late 1940s

Member of the Standard Opera Company as director-actor

Cinema Corporation of America merged with Pathe

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