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Also Known As: Samuel Marshall Raimi Died:
Born: October 23, 1959 Cause of Death:
Birth Place: Royal Oak, Michigan, USA Profession: director, producer, screenwriter, actor, executive

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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...

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.

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DIRECTOR:

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  Spider-Man 2 (2004) Director
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  Gift, The (2000) Director
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  For Love of the Game (1999) Director
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  Simple Plan, A (1998) Director
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  Quick and the Dead, The (1995) Director
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  Mantis (1994) Creator

CAST: (feature film)

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 Jungle Book, The (2016) Giant Squirrel
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 Flintstones, The (1994) Cliff Look-A-Like
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 The Hudsucker Proxy (1994) Hudsucker Brainstormer
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 Indian Summer (1993) Stick Coder
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 John Carpenter Presents Body Bags (1993) Bill--Dead Attendant ("The Gas Station")
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 Innocent Blood (1992) Roma Meats Man
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 Miller's Crossing (1990) Snickering Gunman
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 Maniac Cop 2 (1990) Newscaster
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1978:
Co-wrote and directed short film "Within the Woods" with Robert Tapert and Bruce Campbell
1999:
Directed Kevin Costner vehicle in baseball-themed "For the Love of the Game"
2004:
Returned to direct second installment "Spider-Man 2," again starring Maguire
1989:
Served as executive producer on direct-to-video "Easy Wheels"; also reportedly co-wrote screenplay under a pseudonym
1994:
Made miniseries acting debut in Stephen King's "The Stand" (ABC)
2007:
Directed Maguire, Kirsten Dunst, and James Franco in third installment "Spider-Man 3"
1995:
Executive produced direct-to-video sequels "Darkman II: The Return of Durant" and "Darkman III: Die Darkman Die"
1987:
Feature producing debut, executive produced sequel "Evil Dead 2: Dead By Dawn"; also directed and co-scripted with Scott Spiegel
1995:
First film as director for script he did not write, the Western "The Quick and the Dead"
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Received 8mm movie camera from father as a child; made numerous amateur short films
2009:
Returned to directing horror with "Drag Me to Hell"
1994:
Created short-lived Fox series "M.A.N.T.I.S."
2000:
Helmed thriller "The Gift" with Cate Blanchett playing a psychic who becomes embroiled in a local murder
1995:
Executive produced cultish supernatural drama "American Gothic"
1995:
Executive produced hugely successful syndicated spin-off series "Xena: Warrior Princess"
1985:
Made minor appearance in "Spies Like Us"
1978:
Founded Michigan State University Society for Creative Filmmaking
1998:
Returned to features as director of "A Simple Plan"
1979:
Co-founded Renaissance Motion Pictures with Tapert and Campbell
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
1995:
Executive produced syndicated fantasy series "Hercules: The Legendary Journeys"
1994:
Executive produced syndicated TV movie "Hercules and the Amazon Women"
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Met future collaborators Bruce Campbell, Scott Spiegel, and John Cameron in junior high school
1993:
Played the flunky of camp director Alan Arkin in Mike Binder's "Indian Summer"
1994:
Re-teamed with Van Damme to produce "Timecop"
1993:
Made TV movie acting debut in "Journey to the Center of the Earth" (NBC)
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
2002:
Directed blockbuster "Spider-Man"
1981:
Directed horror classic "The Evil Dead"
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Education

Wylie E. Groves High School: Beverly Hills, Michigan -
Michigan State University: East Lansing, Michigan -

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.

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

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father:
Leonard Ronald Raimi. Merchant.
mother:
Celia Barbara Raimi. Merchant.
sister:
Andrea Raimi. Older.
brother:
Sander Raimi. Born c. 1953; died at age 15 in a swimming accident.
brother:
Ivan Raimi. Physician, screenwriter. Older.
brother:
Ted Raimi. 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).
son:
Lorne Raimi. Born c. 1993.
son:
Henry Raimi. Born c. 1996.
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