Log Out Jonathan Demme at 2008's Toronto Film Festival with the stars of 'Rachel Getting Married,' Anne Hathway and Rosemary DeWitt.(Photo: Tory Zimmerman for USA TODAY) On a dreary day in which Hollywood is already trying to avoid a writer's strike, the entertainment industry got an unwanted dose of bad news: the death of Oscar-winning director Jonathan Demme, 73, who helmed films such as The Silence of the Lambs and Philadelphia.
He was the grandest of men,” his Philadelphia star Tom Hanks said in a statement.
"He's a hero, an artist, an example, a goal, a visionary, a pinnacle & a master." Fellow writer/director Edgar Wright (Shaun of the Dead, Hot Fuzz) marveled at how Demme could "do anything," from movies to documentaries to concert films.
"He was just like his films: brilliant, curious and original." I only worked with him once - he was just like his films: brilliant, curious & original.
RIP Jonathan Demme - a truly great filmmaker.