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SAM RAIMI (Director) most recently directed the supernatural thriller The Gift, starring Cate Blanchett, Hilary Swank, Keanu Reeves, Greg Kinnear and Giovanni Ribisi. Raimi also directed the acclaimed suspense thriller A Simple Plan, which starred Bill Paxton, Billy Bob Thornton and Bridget Fonda, and which earned Thornton an Academy Award ® nomination for Best Supporting Actor. He also directed the baseball homage For Love of the Game, starring Kevin Costner and Kelly Preston.

Known for his imaginative filmmaking style, richly drawn characters and offbeat humor, Raimi collaborated with Robert Tapert and Bruce Campbell on the cult classic The Evil Dead, written and directed by Raimi, produced by Tapert and starring Campbell. This horror film became an immediate cult hit at the Cannes Film Festival, and led to the equally impressive The Evil Dead II: Dead By Dawn, which was made under the auspices of the De Laurentiis Entertainment Group.

Raimi then proved his mastery over the mainstream fantasy thriller genre, writing and directing Darkman, starring Liam Neeson and Frances McDormand, which he followed up with Army of Darkness, a comic sword-and-sorcery fantasy starring Bruce Campbell. Raimi also served as executive producer for the Jean-Claude Van Damme starrers Hard Target and Timecop, and he co-wrote (with Joel and Ethan Coen) the feature film The Hudsucker Proxy, starring Paul Newman, Tim Robbins and Jennifer Jason Leigh. Raimi also directed the western The Quick and the Dead, starring Leonardo DiCaprio, Sharon Stone, Russell Crowe and Gene Hackman.

Raimi's extensive television work includes the hit syndicated series Xena: Warrior Princess, which he executive produced with Rob Tapert. The highly successful series starring Lucy Lawless ran for six seasons. Raimi and Tapert also executive produced the enormously popular six-season Hercules: Legendary Journeys, and Raimi served as executive producer for the CBS series American Gothic.

Raimi's interest in filmmaking began as a youngster in Michigan, where he directed his own Super 8 films. Later, he left Michigan State University to form Renaissance Pictures with Rob Tapert and longtime friend and actor Bruce Campbell.


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