Cecil B. DeMille

Born Aug 12, 1881

Cecil Blount DeMille was an American film director and film producer in both silent and sound films. DeMille began his career as a stage actor in 1900. He later moved on to writing and directing stage productions. He directed his first film, The Squaw Man, released in 1914 and would go on to direct dozens of silent films before transitioning to sound films in 1929. DeMille was renowned for the flamboyance and showmanship of his movies.… Read More

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1881 Birth Born in 1881.


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DeMille began his career as a stage actor in 1900. … Read More


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He was married to Constance Adams DeMille in 1902 with whom he had one biological child, Cecilia, and three adopted children, Katherine, John, and Richard.


1913 32 Years Old DeMille entered films in 1913. … Read More


1936 55 Years Old DeMille was one of the first directors in Hollywood to become a celebrity in his own right. From 1936 to 1944, DeMille hosted and acted as pitchman for Cecil B. DeMille's Lux Radio Theater, a popular dramatic radio show of the time. … Read More


1947 66 Years Old DeMille also appeared as himself in Paramount's 1947 all-star musical comedy Variety Girl and he narrated many of his later films, as well as appearing on screen in the introduction to The Ten Commandments. … Read More
1949 68 Years Old In 1949 or 1950, DeMille was recruited by Allen Dulles and Frank Wisner to serve on the board of the anti-communist National Committee for a Free Europe, the public face of the organization that oversaw the Radio Free Europe service.
1954 73 Years Old In 1954, Secretary of the Air Force Harold E. Talbott sought out DeMille for help in designing the cadet uniforms at the newly established United States Air Force Academy. … Read More
1956 75 Years Old During on-location filming in Egypt of the Exodus sequence for 1956's The Ten Commandments, the then-75-year-old DeMille climbed a 107-foot ladder to the top of the massive Per Rameses set and suffered a serious heart attack. … Read More
1958 77 Years Old Most of the DeMille motion picture library now resides with EMKA, Ltd., through the television division of NBCUniversal, due to Paramount Pictures' selling the rights to the DeMille films in 1958 to EMKA. … Read More
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DeMille died in January 1959 of a heart ailment at the age of 77. … Read More
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