Jonathan Demme: Movie Director Dies From Cancer Complication

Jonathan Demme, Oscar-winning director of “The Silence of the Lambs” who also led Tom Hanks to his first Oscar in “Philadelphia,” died Wednesday in New York, his publicist said. He was 73.

The 73-year-old died on Wednesday in New York from complications from cancer.

Demme remains best known for the 1991 horror-thriller, starring Anthony Hopkins as serial killer Hannibal Lecter and Jodie Foster as FBI agent Clarice Starling.

The movie won five Academy Awards, including best picture, best actor for Hopkins and best actress for Foster.

Demme went on to direct “Philadelphia” in 1993, a ground-breaking movie that won Hanks his first Academy Award for portraying a lawyer fired by his firm for contracting HIV and fighting for justice.


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