Ted Demme

Director, Producer, Actor
Though he was related to Oscar-winning director Jonathan Demme, director Ted Demme eschewed any hint of nepotism to gain success in Hollywood through years of hard work. Starting as a production assistant, Demme worked ... Read more »
Born: 10/26/1963 in New York City, New York, USA

Filmography

Director (15)

Homicide: Life on the Street 1994 - 1997, 1999 - 2005 (Tv Show)

Director

Six Feet Under 1994 - 1997, 1999 - 2005 (Tv Show)

Director

Action 1999 - 2001, 2003 - 2004 (Tv Show)

Director

A Decade Under the Influence 2003 (Movie)

(Co-Director) (Director)

Blow 2001 (Movie)

(Director)

Life 1999 (Movie)

(Director)

Denis Leary: Lock 'n Load 1997 - 1998 (TV Show)

Director

Monument Ave. 1998 (Movie)

(Director)

Subway Stories: Tales From the Underground 1996 - 1997 (TV Show)

Director

Beautiful Girls 1996 (Movie)

(Director)

The Ref 1994 (Movie)

(Director)

Denis Leary: No Cure For Cancer 1992 - 1993 (TV Show)

Director

Rock the Vote 1992 - 1993 (TV Show)

Director

Who's the Man? 1993 (Movie)

(Director)

The Bet 1991 (Movie)

(Director)
Actor (7)

Gun 1994 - 1997, 1999 - 2005 (TV Show)

Actor

A Decade Under the Influence 2003 (Movie)

Interviewer (Actor)

John Q. 2002 (Movie)

Himself (Actor)

The Score 2001 - 2002 (TV Show)

Actor

The Independent 2001 (Movie)

Himself (Actor)

MTV Uncensored 1999 - 2000 (TV Show)

Actor
Producer (7)

A Decade Under the Influence 2003 (Movie)

(Producer)

Blow 2001 (Movie)

(Producer)

Tumbleweeds 1999 (Movie)

(Executive Producer)

Monument Ave. 1998 (Movie)

(Executive Producer)

Rounders 1998 (Movie)

(Producer)

MTV's 10th Anniversary Special 1991 - 1992 (TV Show)

Segment Producer

A Lesson Before Dying (TV Show)

Executive Producer
Music (2)

The Truth About Charlie 2002 (Movie)

("Bigga Man") (Song)

The Truth About Charlie 2002 (Movie)

("Bigga Man") (Song Performer)
Other (2)

Going to California 2001 - 2002 (TV Show)

Consultant

Biography

Though he was related to Oscar-winning director Jonathan Demme, director Ted Demme eschewed any hint of nepotism to gain success in Hollywood through years of hard work. Starting as a production assistant, Demme worked his way up to producer before creating the seminal show "Yo! MTV Raps" (MTV, 1988-1995), which helped introduce hip-hop to the mainstream masses. From there, he made his debut as a feature director with old friend Denis Leary in the lead for the hailed, but underappreciated comedy "The Ref" (1994). Demme earned more critical praise for the otherwise ignored "Beautiful Girls" (1996) before taking turn toward more dramatic fare with the impressive "Monument Ave." (1998). He next won an Emmy Award as one of the producers on "A Lesson Before Dying" (HBO, 1999) while taking the directing reigns for the rather misguided comedy "Life" (1999), starring Eddie Murphy and Martin Lawrence. Demme received some criticism for "Blow" (2001), his sympathetic take on real-life cocaine smuggler George Jung (Johnny Depp) that ultimately proved to be his last feature film. Regardless of the untimely end to his life, Demme had proven himself to be a talented filmmaker whose best work might have been ahead of him.

Relationships

Parent
survived him

Daughter
born c. 1996

Son
born in fall 2001

Jennifer Demme

Sister
survived him

Jonathan Demme

Uncle
born in 1944 directed such films as "Stop Making Sense", "The Silence of the Lambs" and "Philadelphia"

Amanda Scheer

Wife
married in December 1995 survived him

EDUCATION

State University of New York, Cortland

Cortland, New York 1986

Milestones

2001

With Stillerman, produced "Blow", the biopic of cocaine trafficker George Jung; also directed; Leary served as executive producer

1999

Was creative consultant on the Fox series "Action", a behind-the-scenes look at Hollywood; executive produced and directed show's pilot

1999

Directed the Martin Lawrence-Eddie Murphy prison comedy "Life"

1999

Served as one of the executive producers of the Emmy-winning HBO movie "A Lesson Before Dying"

1999

Was an executive producer of "Tumbleweeds", Gavin O'Connor's feature which debuted at the Sundance Film Festival; O'Connor had acted in Demme's debut feature

1998

Produced (with Stillerman) "Rounders", directed by John Dahl

1998

Reteamed with Leary for the crime drama"Monument Ave"

1997

Helmed "Denis Leary: Lock 'n' Load" (HBO)

1997

Directed "Manhattan Miracle" segment of HBO's "Subway Stories: Tales from the Underground"

1997

Helmed "The Hole", an episode of the ABC series "Gun"; also played small role

1996

Earned praise for the ensemble drama "Beautiful Girls"

1994

Helmed the black comedy "The Ref", starring Leary and Judy Davis

1993

Feature directorial debut, "Who's the Man?"

1993

Helmed the Showtime adaptation of "Denis Leary: No Cure for Cancer"

1993

Co-directed (with his uncle Jonathan) Bruce Springstein's "Streets of Philadelphia" video

1992

Directorial debut with short, "The Bet"

1986

Worked as production assistant, then producer and director, at MTV; big break came in 1988 when he created successful hip-hop pilot which became the smash weekly half-hour show "Yo! MTV Raps"; also introduced Denis Leary in 30-second spots as the Crazy An

After college, bartended at New York Jet Joe Klecko's Long Island restaurant

Grew up in Rockville Centre, Long Island

With MTV co-worker Joel Stillerman, formed Spanky Pictures

Bonus Trivia

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An autopsy found that Demme had traces of cocaine in his system at the time of his death.

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