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Edward "Ted" Demme (October 26, 1963 – January 13, 2002) was an Americanmarker film director and producer.


Early life and career

Born in New York Citymarker, Demme grew up in Rockville Centre on Long Island, New York and attended South Side Senior High School. He was the nephew of movie producer and director Jonathan Demme. His career had modest beginnings — starting as a production assistant at MTV, he later created the cable network's seminal hip-hop show Yo! MTV Raps and directed other projects for them, including the infamous black-and-white rants starring then-unknown chain-smoking comedian Denis Leary.

Over the course of his career, he established a group of actors that he chose to work with on more than one occasion. The most frequently used of these was Denis Leary, who he directed as a lead or star in No Cure for Cancer, The Ref, Denis Leary: Lock 'n Load, and Monument Ave.. Leary also worked as producer on the film Blow. Other actors he frequently used included:

Personal life

Demme was married to Amanda Scheer with whom he had two children. Scheer later opened several popular Los Angelesmarker bars including Teddy's at the Roosevelt Hotelmarker named in Demme's honor.


On January 13, 2002, while playing a game of basketball, Demme collapsed and died of a heart attack which may have been related to cocaine later found in his system during an autopsy.



  • Gun (1 episode)
  • Blow (2001)



  • Yo! MTV Raps (1988, Unknown episodes)
  • Hangin' w/MTV (1992, Executive producer)
  • Monument Ave. (1998)
  • Rounders (1998)
  • Tumbleweeds (1999, Executive producer)
  • A Lesson Before Dying (1999, Executive producer)
  • Action (1 episode, Executive producer, 1999)
  • Blow (2001)
  • A Decade Under the Influence (2003)

Awards and nominations

Year Award Result Category Film
1996 San Sebastián International Film Festival Nominated Golden Shell Beautiful Girls
1999 Emmy Award Won Outstanding Made for Television Movie A Lesson Before Dying (Shared with Robert Benedetti, Ellen Krass, and Joel Stillerman)
2001 Nominated Outstanding Nonfiction Special A Decade Under the Influence (Shared with Alison Palmer Bourke, Caroline Kaplan, Jerry Kupfer, Gini Reticker, and Jonathan Sehring)
2001 Karlovy Vary International Film Festival Nominated Crystal Globe Blow
2003 National Board of Review of Motion Pictures Nominated William K. Everson Film History Award A Decade Under the Influence (Shared with Richard LaGravenese)
2003 Sundance Film Festival Nominated Grand Jury Prize A Decade Under the Influence (Shared with Richard LaGravenese)

In popular culture

Rock musician Greg Dulli wrote The Twilight Singers' 2003 album Blackberry Belle in Demme's memory.


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