Jonathan Demme, director of the critically acclaimed The Silence of the Lambs — which introduced Anthony Hopkins' Hannibal Lecter to the world — has died at the age of 73, due to complications resulting in from esophageal cancer. He passed away in his New York apartment.
Demme was born on February 22, 1944, in Baldwin, NY. In 1992 he won the Academy Award for Best Director for The Silence of the Lambs, which also won Oscars for Best Picture, Best Actor, Best Actress and Best Adapted Screenplay.
Some other works of Demme include Philadelphia, The Manchurian Candidate and Rachel Getting Married. His most recent movie was 2015's Ricki and the Flash. He also was known to have written for a few seasons of Saturday Night Live as well, starting in 1980.
Many other notable directors and celebrities have shared their condolences over social media after learning of Demme's passing:
Demme is survived by his wife and three children.
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