Jonathan Demme

  • Born: February 22, 1944
  • Died: April 26, 2017
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Oscar-winning director Jonathan Demme

Oscar-winning director of "The Silence of the Lambs" and "Philadelphia"

Director Jonathan Demme, who won an Academy Award for "The Silence of the Lambs," died Wednesday, April 26, 2017, at 73. For full obituary and coverage from, click here.

Condolence & Memory Journal


Posted by Ann Stokman - Milwaukee, WI   May 05, 2017

My sincere condolences to the family. May the God who binds up the brokenhearted and comforts all who mourn, sustain your family during this difficult time - Isaiah 61:1, 2.

Posted by Mrs. Lynch - Bear, DE   May 01, 2017

Please accept my condolences on the loss of your love one, Mr. Demme. My heartfelt prayer goes out to the family.

Posted by A friend   May 01, 2017

Posted by Kimberly Johnson    April 30, 2017

Posted by Kimberly Johnson    April 30, 2017

Mrs. Joanne,
Offering my condolences for your loss. One of the greatest causes of grief is the loss of a loved one in death, especially a beloved husband. May your cherished memories help to strengthen and console YOUR heart, and may God's heartwarming promise of the hope of a resurrection (Acts chapter 24, verse 15), bring joy and peace for ALL of you during difficult times.

Posted by Betty - NC   April 29, 2017

Dear Demme Family Rory and I wish to extend our condolences's on the loss of Joanthan Demme.he'll surely be missed.luv,faith/rory

Posted by faith/rory tobin/dockett - newton centre/brighton, MA   April 29, 2017

So sorry for 6our loss, my thoughts and prayers are with you in your time of grief. May your memories bring you comfort. May God bring you peace. Read these words of comfort in the book of Psalms 55:22. Again my deepest and sincere condolences to your families and friends.

Posted by Patricia DeStefano - NY   April 29, 2017

Thank you for enriching all of our lives. I'm sure that Director's Chair is open and waiting for you. RIP.

Posted by Steve Hodel - Los Angeles, CA   April 28, 2017

Your passing ! Such very sad news. Heartfelt condolences to family and friends. This is a keenly felt loss for all those with fond memories of your years at Baldwin Junior High School, where you first stepped-out onto a stage. Thank you for your beautiful art. You will be dearly missed.
Much love for you and yours from Baldwin, Long Island.

Posted by Ray Kass - Christiansburg, VA, VA   April 28, 2017

My condolences to the family, there are no words to convey our sorrow for you during these trying times. Treasure your memories of Jonathan and be assured that the God of Comfort has him tucked away in his memory as well.

Posted by Jenkins Family - NJ   April 28, 2017


Posted by Valenda Newell - Indianapolis, IN   April 28, 2017

Please except my deepest sympathy for your loss. Jonathan Demme was a great director. We all will miss him very much. My prayers and thoughts are with you (his family) in this time of sorrow. May you trust in God and he will see you through. 2 Con. 1:3,4

Posted by Rose Duodu - Walterboro, SC   April 28, 2017

Truly saddened to hear about Jonathan Demme's passing. His fine legacy will surely be remembered. May he forever be in our hearts and in God's book of life.

Posted by A friend   April 28, 2017


In God's Care, rest in peace.

Posted by Dwayne Bickham, Sr. - Dayton, OH   April 27, 2017


Posted by Matthew McGuire - Cheshire, CT   April 27, 2017


God bless you and your loved ones ~ Rest in peace.

Posted by Jane Dowling - Waterbury, CT   April 27, 2017

Demme Family, Friends,

We are so sorry to hear of the loss of your dear loved one. Our prayers are with the family in their grief. God is our refuge and strength.

Posted by A friend   April 27, 2017

Our prayers and condolences go out to the family, friends, fans of Jonathan Demme. We enjoyed Demme films such as Philadelphia, Manchurian Candidate. May the love of family and friends help ease the pain of your loss. May God Almighty give all of you strength, courage, but most of peace in the difficult days ahead. Isa. 43:10, 13


Posted by A friend   April 27, 2017

May the God Jehov

Posted by Gresilda Varona - Wallkill, NY   April 27, 2017

What a talented director. I truly enjoyed "silence of the Lambs".
My sincere condolences to his family and friends. He will be missed.
May Gods undeserved kindness give you peace, and endurance during this difficult time.

Posted by RDR - IL   April 27, 2017

Such sad news. RIP Jonathan, sending love to the family - Rockland Roots

Posted by Rockland Roots    April 27, 2017



Posted by D - UT   April 27, 2017

Deepest condolences to the Demme family along with friends. May prayers, cherished memories as well as the kindness of others, comfort and strengthen you.

Posted by - NC   April 27, 2017

My heartfelt condolences on your great loss. May God soften your grief during this difficult time. Please find comfort in knowing how precious your love one is in God's eyes. Ps 116:5.

Posted by A friend   April 27, 2017

We'll miss you !

Posted by Adrian Barnette - Topeka, KS   April 27, 2017

You will always live in our hearts and prayers.

Rest In Peace!

Posted by Donna James - Wilmington, NC   April 27, 2017


Sad news! He was a talented man. His work and legacy will live on.Condolences to his family. Rest in Eternal Peace Mr. Demme

Posted by Steve - Altamonte, FL   April 26, 2017

My heartfelt condolences to the family and friends of Johnathan. Rest assured life is precious to our Creator. He promises to act in our behalf.
1 Corinthians 15:26

Posted by christian    April 26, 2017


Posted by Freddie Rhett - Savannah, GA   April 26, 2017


May you sleep in peace, your legacy will live on

Posted by Sonie Harvey - Los Angeles, CA   April 26, 2017

Sincere condolences on your loss. May the God of all comfort be with you during this sad time

Posted by A friend   April 26, 2017


Godspeed Jonathan. We will miss you.

Posted by Sheila - L.A., CA   April 26, 2017


Posted by Joan Walton - Columbus, GA   April 26, 2017

Mr. Demme had a creative mind and soul. I did not know him personally but enjoyed his movies greatly, even though they were tough to watch at times. May you rest and peace and deepest sympathies to his family and friends for the loss of a unique individual.

Posted by Maggie Duffy - Paw Paw, MI   April 26, 2017

Thanks for the wonderful films. Rest in peace now.

Posted by A friend   April 26, 2017

Jonathan thanks for the fun memories of being an extra in Something Wild, RIP a forever fan.

Posted by - SLC, UT   April 26, 2017

My condolences to the family and friends of Jonathan may all find comfort in medatiting on his pleasant memories during this time of grief. B.D

Posted by A friend   April 26, 2017


Rest in Peace

Posted by Scott Chamberland - St.Agatha, ME   April 26, 2017


A very talented man and appreciated by his fans. May God give family and friends comfort and strength to make it through this difficult time. God love you.

Posted by A friend   April 26, 2017

To the family, I am sorry for your loss. May God grant you comfort during this very difficult time. Job 5:20 with sympathy and love

Posted by B D    April 26, 2017

We are very saddened to have heard of this news today.We hope that the loved ones and dear friends and all those that saw your gift for life and making others shine,will remember and take the time to think about the life we are given and what we can do with our lives to make life great, no matter what comes our way. We hope that you shall rest in peace, even though, you will be deeply missed my many. You will always be remembered and loved for many years to come.

Posted by C. Bloom - Nyc, NY   April 26, 2017

My sympathy to the family.
May God give the strength you need to endure.
1 Peter 5:6,7.
Sorry for your loss .

Posted by Sueann - LA   April 26, 2017


IN MEMORY OF JONATHAN DEMME- YOU WERE A SHINING LIGHT TO MANY. MAY YOU REST IN PIECE. We had just saw Philadephia again.He was such a true talent, he will be missed.

Posted by A & B GOLDBERG - NYC, NY   April 26, 2017


Prayers thoughts & deepest condolences to the family, friends & associates of the great Jonathan Demme. Although taken much too soon, his brilliant body of work will be his everlasting legacy. May he rest in eternal peace and may the perpetual light shine upon him.

Posted by Nancy Woodwell-Freedman - Sandy Hook, CT   April 26, 2017


I was deeply saddened to read of your death just moments ago. My beloved mother Lorraine who was born in April of 1926, also died from cancer at the age of 73,much too young.
I will never forget seeing your film Philadelphia in a Los Angeles theater. There was total silence in that theater, and no one left their seats at the end of the film,until every last credit rolled and the lights of the screen dimmed. You made such an impact on so many lives with your brilliance and courage. God bless you Jonathan Demme, your films will endure forever, and you will never be forgotten.

Posted by Jeffrey Bonk - Santa Monica, CA   April 26, 2017

I am so very sorry for your loss. May the "peace of God that excels all thought" bring comfort to your family.

Posted by R Flynn - Arlington, TX   April 26, 2017

Godspeed Jonathan, and thank you for sharing a part of your life with us.

Posted by Harry Simpson - Buckeye, AZ   April 26, 2017

As the days and weeks pass, and as you return to life's routine, may you continue to feel comforted by the love and support of family and friends.

Posted by A friend   April 26, 2017

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Oscar-winning director Jonathan Demme