Sam Raimi Biography (1959-)

Surname is pronounced ray-mee; full name, Samuel Marshall Raimi; born October23, 1959, in Royal Oak (some sources cite Franklin), MI; son of Leonard Ronald (a merchant) and Celia Barbara (a merchant; maiden name, Abrams) Raimi; brother of Ivan Raimi (a screenwriter, actor, and doctor) and Ted Raimi (an actor); married Gillian Greene, c. 1992; children: Lorne, Henry. Addresses: Office: Renaissance Motion Pictures, 195 West Nine Mile Rd., Ferndale, MI48220.; Agent: Creative Artists Agency, 9830 Wilshire Blvd., Beverly Hills, CA 90212.

Nationality
American
Gender
Male
Occupation
Director, producer, screenwriter, actor
Birth Details
October 23, 1959
Royal Oak, Michigan, United States

Famous Works

  • CREDITS
  • Film Director
  • It's Murder, 1977
  • Clockwork, 1978
  • Within the Woods (short film), 1978
  • (As Sam M. Raimi) The Evil Dead (also known as Book of the Dead, The Evil Dead: The Ultimate Experience in Grueling Horror, Into the Woods, and Sam Raimi's The Evil Dead), New Line Cinema, 1983
  • (As Sam M. Raimi) Crimewave (also known as Broken Hearts and Noses and The XYZ Murders), Embassy, 1985
  • (As Sam M. Raimi) Evil Dead II (also known as Evil Dead Two: Dead by Dawn and Evil Dead Two: The Sequel to the Ultimate Experience inGrueling Horror), Rosebud Releasing, 1987
  • (As Sam M. Raimi) Darkman, Universal, 1990
  • Army of Darkness (also known as Army of Darkness: Evil Dead 3, Army of Darkness: The Medieval Dead, Army of Darkness, the Ultimate Experience in Medieval Horror, Bruce Campbell vs. Army of Darkness, Captain Supermarket, Evil Dead 3, and The Medieval Dead), Universal, 1993
  • The Quick and the Dead, TriStar, 1995
  • A Simple Plan (also known as Ein einfacher Plan and Un plan simple), Paramount, 1998
  • For Love of the Game, Universal, 1999
  • The Gift, Paramount, 2000
  • Archive footage from The Evil Dead, Donnie Darko, NewmarketFilms, 2001
  • Spider-Man (also known as Spiderman and Spider-Man: TheMotion Picture), Columbia/TriStar, 2002
  • Spider-Man 2 (also known as The Amazing Spider-Man and Spiderman 2), Columbia/TriStar, 2004
  • Other films include The Happy Valley Kid.
  • Film Executive Producer
  • Within the Woods (short film), 1978
  • (As Sam M. Raimi) The Evil Dead (also known as Book of the Dead, The Evil Dead: The Ultimate Experience in Grueling Horror, Into the Woods, and Sam Raimi's The Evil Dead), New Line Cinema, 1983
  • (As Sam M. Raimi) Evil Dead II (also known as Evil Dead Two: Dead by Dawn and Evil Dead Two: The Sequel to the Ultimate Experience inGrueling Horror), Rosebud Releasing, 1987
  • The Dead Next Door, Amsco/Suburban Tempe Company, 1988
  • (As Sam M. Raimi) Easy Wheels, 1989
  • Lunatics: A Love Story, 1991
  • (With Robert Tapert and Moshe Diamant) Hard Target, Universal, 1993
  • (With Tapert) Darkman II: The Return of Durant (also known as Durant Returns), Universal Home Video, 1995
  • Hercules and Xena: The Animated Movie--The Battle for Mount Olympus (animated), Universal, 1997
  • Archive footage from The Evil Dead, Donnie Darko, NewmarketFilms, 2001
  • The Grudge, Columbia, 2004
  • 30 Days of Night, Columbia, 2004
  • Film Producer
  • (With Robert Tapert and Moshe Diamant) Timecop, Universal, 1994
  • The Grudge, Columbia, 2004
  • 30 Days of Night, Columbia, 2004
  • Boogeyman, Screen Gems, 2005
  • Film Work
  • (Uncredited) Special effects technician, Evil Dead II (also knownas Evil Dead Two: Dead by Dawn and Evil Dead Two: The Sequel to theUltimate Experience in Grueling Horror), Rosebud Releasing, 1987
  • (As R. O. C. Sandstorm) Editor, Army of Darkness (also known as Army of Darkness: Evil Dead 3, Army of Darkness: The Medieval Dead, Army of Darkness, the Ultimate Experience in Medieval Horror, Bruce Campbell vs. Army of Darkness, Captain Supermarket, Evil Dead 3, and The Medieval Dead), Universal, 1993
  • Second unit director, The Hudsucker Proxy (also known as Hudsucker--Der grosse Sprung), Warner Bros., 1994
  • Film Appearances
  • It's Murder!, 1977
  • (As Sam M. Raimi) Fisherman on the side of the road and voice of the evilspirit, The Evil Dead (also known as Book of the Dead, TheEvil Dead: The Ultimate Experience in Grueling Horror, Into the Woods, and Sam Raimi's The Evil Dead), New Line Cinema, 1983
  • Second cook, Hefty's, 1983
  • (As Sam M. Raimi) Drive-in security, Spies Like Us, Warner Bros.,1985
  • (As Sam M. Raimi) Cult leader, Thou Shalt Not Kill ... Except (also known as Stryker's War), Filmworld, 1987
  • (As Sam M. Raimi) Knight, Evil Dead II (also known as Evil DeadTwo: Dead by Dawn and Evil Dead Two: The Sequel to the Ultimate Experience in Grueling Horror), Rosebud Releasing, 1987
  • (As Sam M. Raimi) Parade reporter, Maniac Cop, Shapiro Glickenhaus, 1988
  • (As Sam M. Raimi) Randy, Intruder, Phantom Productions, 1989
  • Newscaster, Maniac Cop 2, Medusa Pictures, 1990
  • Snickering gunman, Miller's Crossing, Twentieth Century-Fox, 1990
  • Roma Meats man, Innocent Blood (also known as A French Vampirein America), Warner Bros., 1992
  • (Uncredited) Knight in sweatshirt and sneakers, Army of Darkness (also known as Army of Darkness: Evil Dead 3, Army of Darkness: TheMedieval Dead, Army of Darkness, the Ultimate Experience in Medieval Horror, Bruce Campbell vs. Army of Darkness, Captain Supermarket, Evil Dead 3, and The Medieval Dead), Universal, 1993
  • Stick Coder, Indian Summer (also known as Algonquin, L'ete indien, and Tamakwa), Buena Vista, 1993
  • Cliff lookalike, The Flintstones, Universal, 1994
  • Hudsucker brainstormer, The Hudsucker Proxy (also known as Hudsucker--Der grosse Sprung), Warner Bros., 1994
  • Nervous official, Galaxis (also known as Galactic Force, Star Crystal, and Terminal Force), 1995
  • Television Executive Producer
  • Series
  • M.A.N.T.I.S., Fox, 1994-1995
  • American Gothic, CBS, 1995-1996
  • Hercules: The Legendary Journeys (also known as The Legendary Journeys of Hercules), syndicated, 1995-1999
  • Xena: Warrior Princess, syndicated, 1995-2001
  • Spy Game (also known as Cloak and Dagger and Lorne and Max), ABC, 1997
  • Young Hercules, Fox, 1998-1999
  • Jack of All Trades, syndicated, 2000
  • Cleopatra 2525, syndicated, 2000-2001
  • Television Creator
  • Series
  • (With Sam Hamm) M.A.N.T.I.S., Fox, 1994-1995
  • Spy Game (also known as Cloak and Dagger and Lorne and Max), ABC, 1997
  • Television Executive Producer
  • Movies
  • Hercules and the Amazon Women, syndicated, 1994
  • Hercules and the Circle of Fire, syndicated, 1994
  • Hercules and the Lost Kingdom, syndicated, 1994
  • Hercules in the Maze of the Minotaur, syndicated, 1994
  • Hercules in the Underworld, syndicated, 1994
  • (With Robert Tapert) Darkman III: Die Darkman Die, HBO, 1996
  • Pilots
  • (And creator) M.A.N.T.I.S., Fox, 1994
  • Young Hercules, Fox, 1998
  • Amazon High, syndicated, c. 1999
  • Television Appearances
  • Miniseries
  • Bobby Terry, The Stand (also known as Stephen King's The Stand), ABC, 1994
  • Gas station Howie, The Shining (also known as Stephen King's The Shining), ABC, 1997
  • Movies
  • Collins, Journey to the Center of the Earth, NBC, 1993
  • Dead Bill, "The Gas Station," Body Bags (also known as John Carpenter Presents "Body Bags," John Carpenter Presents "Mind Games,"and Mind Games), Showtime, 1993
  • Quicksilver Highway (also known as Chattery Teeth and The Body Politic), Fox, 1997
  • Specials
  • Himself, What Is a Producer?, E! Entertainment Television, 2001
  • Himself, Behind the Scenes: Spider-Man the Movie (also known as Behind the Ultimate Spin), 2002
  • Himself, Spider-Mania, 2002
  • Episodic
  • Himself, "Sam Raimi," The Incredibly Strange Film Show, 1988
  • Himself, American Cinema (documentary), PBS, 1995
  • Himself, Intimate Portrait: Kelly Preston (documentary), Lifetime,1999
  • Pilots
  • Mr. Ray, M.A.N.T.I.S., Fox, 1994
  • RECORDINGS
  • Videos
  • Himself, Flying Saucers over Hollywood: The Plan 9 Companion (alsoknown as The Ed Wood Story: The Plan 9 Companion), 1992
  • Himself, Night of the Living Dead: 25th Anniversary Edition, TempeVideo, 1993
  • Himself, The Men behind the Army, Anchor Bay Entertainment, 1999
  • Himself, The Making of "Evil Dead II" or The Gore the Merrier, Anchor Bay Entertainment, 2000
  • Himself, The Gift: A Look Inside, 2001
  • Video Games; Characters
  • Evil Dead: Hail to the King (also known as Evil Dead IV), THQ Inc., 2000
  • Evil Dead: A Fistful of Boomstick (also known as Evil Dead 2 and Evil Dead V), THQ Inc., 2003
  • WRITINGS
  • Screenplays
  • Within the Woods (short film), 1978
  • (As Sam M. Raimi) The Evil Dead (also known as Book of the Dead, The Evil Dead: The Ultimate Experience in Grueling Horror, Into the Woods, and Sam Raimi's The Evil Dead), New Line Cinema, 1983
  • (As Sam M. Raimi; with Ethan Coen and Joel Coen) Crimewave (also known as Broken Hearts and Noses and The XYZ Murders), Embassy,1985
  • (As Sam M. Raimi; with Scott Spiegel) Evil Dead II (also known asEvil Dead Two: Dead by Dawn and Evil Dead Two: The Sequel to the Ultimate Experience in Grueling Horror), Rosebud Releasing, 1987
  • (As Celia Abrams) Easy Wheels, 1989
  • (As Sam M. Raimi; with Chuck Pfarrer, Ivan Raimi, Daniel Goldin, and Joshua Goldin; and story) Darkman, Universal, 1990
  • (As Alan Smithee, Jr.) The Nutty Nut (also known as The Nutt House), 1992
  • (With Ivan Raimi) Army of Darkness (also known as Army of Darkness: Evil Dead 3, Army of Darkness: The Medieval Dead, Army ofDarkness, the Ultimate Experience in Medieval Horror, Bruce Campbell vs. Army of Darkness, Captain Supermarket, Evil Dead 3, andThe Medieval Dead), Universal, 1993
  • The Hudsucker Proxy (also known as Hudsucker--Der grosse Sprung), Warner Bros., 1994
  • Darkman II: The Return of Durant (also known as Durant Returns), Universal Home Video, 1995
  • Archive footage from The Evil Dead, Donnie Darko, NewmarketFilms, 2001
  • Spider-Man (based on the comic book characters; also known as Spiderman and Spider-Man: The Motion Picture), Columbia/TriStar, 2002
  • Unproduced and Unpublished
  • We Saps Three, 1984
  • Women on Wheels, 1985
  • Witches, 1986
  • Teleplays
  • Pilots
  • (And story) M.A.N.T.I.S., Fox, 1994

Further Reference

ADAPTATIONS

  • Characters from Darkman have been adapted for comic books.
OTHER SOURCES
    Periodicals
    • Entertainment Weekly, September 17, 1999, pp. 44-46
    • Film Comment, February, 1983
    • People Weekly, May 2, 1983
    • Premiere, August, 1990, p. 46
    • Prevue, November, 1990, pp. 26-31, 57
    • Starlog, September, 1990

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