Sam Raimi

Producer, Director, Screenwriter
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 ... Read more »
Born: 10/23/1959 in Royal Oak, Michigan, USA

Filmography

Producer (42)

Poltergeist 2015 (Movie)

(Producer)

Murder of a Cat 2014 (Movie)

(Producer)

Rake 2013 - 2014 (TV Show)

Executive Producer

The Dorm (Remake) 2014 (Movie)

(Producer)

Evil Dead 2013 (Movie)

(Producer)

Spartacus 2008 - 2013 (Tv Show)

Executive Producer

Spartacus: Gods of the Arena 2008 - 2013 (TV Show)

Executive Producer

The Possession 2012 (Movie)

(Producer)

13: Fear is Real 2008 - 2009 (TV Show)

Executive Producer

Legend of the Seeker 2008 - 2009 (Tv Show)

Executive Producer

Messengers 2: The Scarecrow 2009 (Movie)

(Executive Producer)

The Grudge 3 2008 (Movie)

(Producer)

30 Days of Night 2007 (Movie)

(Producer)

Rise: Blood Hunter 2007 (Movie)

(Producer)

The Messengers 2007 (Movie)

(Producer)

The Grudge 2 2006 (Movie)

(Producer)

The Boogeyman 2005 (Movie)

(Producer)

The Grudge 2004 (Movie)

(Producer)

Cleopatra 2525 1999 - 2001 (TV Show)

Executive Producer

Xena: Warrior Princess 1995 - 2001 (TV Show)

Executive Producer

Hercules: The Legendary Journeys 1994 - 2000 (TV Show)

Executive Producer

Young Hercules 1997 - 1998 (TV Show)

Executive Producer

Spy Game 1996 - 1997 (TV Show)

Executive Producer

American Gothic 1995 - 1996 (TV Show)

Executive Producer

Darkman III: Die Darkman Die 1995 - 1996 (TV Show)

Executive Producer

Darkman II: The Return of Durant 1995 (Movie)

(Executive Producer)

M.A.N.T.I.S. 1994 - 1995 (TV Show)

Executive Producer

Mantis 1993 - 1994 (TV Show)

Executive Producer

Timecop 1994 (Movie)

(Producer)

Hard Target 1993 (Movie)

(Executive Producer)

Easy Wheels 1989 (Movie)

(Executive Producer)

The Evil Dead 1983 (Movie)

(Executive Producer)

Hercules and the Amazon Women (TV Show)

Executive Producer

Hercules and the Circle of Fire (TV Show)

Executive Producer

Hercules and the Lost Kingdom (TV Show)

Executive Producer

Hercules in the Maze of the Minotaur (TV Show)

Executive Producer

Hercules in the Underworld (TV Show)

Executive Producer

Jack of All Trades (TV Show)

Executive Producer

Monster Zoo (Movie)

(Producer)

The Transplants (Movie)

(Producer)

Young Hercules (TV Show)

Executive Producer
Actor (20)

3 Geezers! 2013 (Movie)

Director (Actor)

Scream 2009 2009 - 2010 (TV Show)

Actor

VH1 Goes Inside: Spider-Man 2003 - 2004 (TV Show)

Actor

What Is a Producer? 2000 - 2001 (TV Show)

Actor

Stephen King's The Shining 1996 - 1997 (TV Show)

Actor

American Cinema 1994 - 1995 (TV Show)

Actor

Stephen King's The Stand 1993 - 1994 (TV Show)

Actor

The Flintstones 1994 (Movie)

Cliff Look-a-Like (Actor)

The Hudsucker Proxy 1994 (Movie)

Hudsucker Brainstormer (Actor)

Indian Summer 1993 (Movie)

Stick Coder (Actor)

John Carpenter Presents Body Bags 1992 - 1993 (TV Show)

Actor

Journey to the Center of the Earth 1992 - 1993 (TV Show)

Actor

Innocent Blood 1992 (Movie)

Roma Meats Man (Actor)

Maniac Cop 2 1990 (Movie)

Newscaster (Actor)

Miller's Crossing 1990 (Movie)

Snickering Gunman (Actor)

Intruder 1988 (Movie)

Randy (Actor)

Maniac Cop 1988 (Movie)

Parade Reporter (Actor)

Thou Shall Not Kill... Except 1986 (Movie)

Cult Leader (Actor)

Spies Like Us 1985 (Movie)

Drive-in Security (Actor)

Quicksilver Highway (TV Show)

Actor
Director (16)

Ash Vs. Evil Dead 2015 - 2016 (TV Show)

Director

Oz: The Great and Powerful 2013 (Movie)

(Director)

Drag Me to Hell 2009 (Movie)

(Director)

Spider-Man 3 2007 (Movie)

(Director)

Spider-Man 2 2004 (Movie)

(Director)

Spider-Man 2002 (Movie)

(Director)

The Gift 2000 (Movie)

(Director)

For Love of the Game 1999 (Movie)

(Director)

A Simple Plan 1998 (Movie)

(Director)

The Quick and the Dead 1995 (Movie)

(Director)

The Hudsucker Proxy 1994 (Movie)

2nd unit director (Director)

Army of Darkness 1993 (Movie)

(Director)

Darkman 1990 (Movie)

(Director)

Evil Dead 2: Dead By Dawn 1987 (Movie)

(Director)

Crimewave 1986 (Movie)

(Director)

The Evil Dead 1983 (Movie)

(Director)
Writer (13)

Evil Dead 2013 (Movie)

(from motion picture screenplay: "The Evil Dead") (Source Material)

Drag Me to Hell 2009 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

Spider-Man 3 2007 (Movie)

(Story By)

Spider-Man 3 2007 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

Darkman II: The Return of Durant 1995 (Movie)

(Characters as Source Material)

The Hudsucker Proxy 1994 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

Army of Darkness 1993 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

The Nutty Nut 1992 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

Darkman 1990 (Movie)

(Story By)

Darkman 1990 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

Evil Dead 2: Dead By Dawn 1987 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

Crimewave 1986 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

The Evil Dead 1983 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

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.

Relationships

Gillian Greene Director

Wife
Married 1993

Lisa Henson Producer

Companion
No longer together

Emma Raimi Actor

Daughter
Mother, Gillian Greene; appeared as extra in "Spider-Man 3" (2007)

Leonard Raimi

Father
Owned a home furnishing store

Celia Raimi

Mother
Owned a lingerie shop

Henry Raimi Actor

Son
Born c. 1996; mother, Gillian Greene Appeared as extra in father's film "Spider-Man 3" (2007)

Lorne Raimi Actor

Son
Born c. 1993; mother, Gillian Greene Appeared as an extra in "Spider-Man 3" (2007)

Sander Raimi

Brother
Born c. 1953 Died at age 15 in swimming accident

Andrea Raimi

Sister
Older

Ivan Raimi Screenplay

Brother
Born 1956 Collaborated with brother in films including "Darkman" (1990), "Army of Darkness" (1993), and "Spider-Man 3" (2007)

Ted Raimi Actor

Brother
Born Dec. 14, 1965 Played J. Jonah Jameson's assistant Hoffman in "Spider-Man" trilogy

EDUCATION

Michigan State University

East Lansing , Michigan
Left after three semesters to film "The Evil Dead" (1981)

Wylie E. Groves High School

Beverly Hills , Michigan

Milestones

2013

Helmed fantasy adventure "Oz the Great and Powerful," starring James Franco in title role

2013

Produced "Evil Dead" remake directed by Fede Alvarez

2010

Executive produced Starz series "Spartacus" and 2011 mini-series "Spartacus: Gods of the Arena"

2009

Returned to directing horror with "Drag Me to Hell"

2007

Directed Maguire, Kirsten Dunst, and James Franco in third installment "Spider-Man 3"

2004

Returned to direct second installment "Spider-Man 2," again starring Maguire

2002

Directed feature version of Marvel comic "Spider-Man," starring Tobey Maguire in title role

2000

Helmed thriller "The Gift" with Cate Blanchett playing a psychic who becomes embroiled in a local murder

1999

Directed Kevin Costner vehicle in baseball-themed "For the Love of the Game"

1998

Returned to features as director of "A Simple Plan"

1995

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

1995

Executive produced cultish supernatural drama "American Gothic"

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

1994

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

1994

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

1994

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

1994

Re-teamed with Van Damme to produce "Timecop"

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

1993

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

1990

Directed first studio film "Darkman"; also co-scripted with brother Ivan Raimi

1989

Served as executive producer on direct-to-video "Easy Wheels"; also reportedly co-wrote screenplay under a pseudonym

1987

Feature producing debut, executive produced sequel "Evil Dead 2: Dead By Dawn"; also directed and co-scripted with Scott Spiegel

1985

Made minor appearance in "Spies Like Us"

1979

Co-founded Renaissance Motion Pictures with Tapert and Campbell

1979

Wrote and directed first feature, "The Evil Dead" (released in 1983)

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

Received 8mm movie camera from father as a child; made numerous amateur short films

Met future collaborators Bruce Campbell, Scott Spiegel, and John Cameron in junior high school

Bonus Trivia

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On Jan. 12, 2010, Columbia Pictures and Marvel Studios announced that "Spider-Man 4" will not include the original principals Tobey Maguire and director Sam Raimi. They announced that the franchise will eventually reboot featuring Peter Parker as a teenager.

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