Celebrities React: Jonathan Demme Dead At 73

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Celebrities React Jonathan Demme

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Celebrities React Jonathan Demme

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Jonathan Demme, the Oscar-winning director behind such films as The Silence of the Lambs and Philadelphia, died of esophageal cancer complications on Wednesday morning. He was 73. Many celebrities are now reacting to the filmmaker’s death on Twitter. See stars’ tweets and tributes below.

Demme’s career took of in the ’80s with such comedies as Melvin and Howard, Something Wild and Married to the Mob. He went on to win the Oscar for Best Director with the 1991 horror classic, The Silence of the Lambs, and followed it up with the AIDS crisis drama, Philadelphia, which earned Tom Hanks his first Academy Award. Demme was also an accomplished concert documentary filmmaker, having directed projects for Bruce Springsteen, Neil Young, Kenny Chesney, and most recently, Justin Timberlake.

Among the celebrities mourning Demme’s death on social media is Ron Howard, who expressed, “Jonathan Demme was a great artist, humanitarian, activist & a warm encouraging colleague. I’ve known very few like him. He will be missed.” Elijah Wood said, “Sad to hear that Jonathan Demme has passed.” Billy Eichner wrote, “RIP Jonathan Demme,” and Alec Baldwin similarly offered, “Rest In Peace, JD…”

Christine Lahti tweeted, “RIP dearest Jonathan Demme. The world lost one of its purest, most loving and talented souls today. My heart is broken. I love you.” Jane Levy said, “Silence Of the Lambs is at the top of my list. Thank you for the gift Jonathan Demme, brilliant twisted mind Rest In Peace.” And Jay Baruchel wrote, “RIP Jonathan Demme. Director’s director. Such love for his subject matter. Gorgeous moments and images devoid of vanity. One of the best.”

Meanwhile, Michael McKean noted, “Jonathan Demme was a gifted and versatile filmmaker. RIP.” Denis Leary recalled, “Ted Demme and I were worried about making The Ref when his uncle Jonathan Demme said something profound: ‘Stop talking and start shooting.'” And Ben Platt conveyed, “Heartbroken to hear of Jonathan Demme’s passing. Among the greatest privileges of my life was briefly experiencing his kindness and genius.” And Reese Witherspoon added, “So sad to hear about #JohnathanDemme. We lost a great filmmaker and a lovely man #RIP.”

Rosie O’Donnell tweeted, “artist, friend, neighbor. i will miss ur brilliance jonathan demme.” Edgar Wright offered, “Very sad to hear of the passing of the great Jonathan Demme. Admired his movies, his documentaries, his concert films. He could do anything.” Kevin Smith said, “Dear God, no! I loved #JonathanDemme! He was my bridge to the Talking Heads, Harris & Hannibal, New Order and honest cinematic storytelling.” And Tony Goldwyn wrote, “RIP #JonathanDemme One of the greats!”

Additionally, Tom Hanks said in a statement, “Jonathan taught us how big a heart a person can have, and how it will guide how we live and what we do for a living. He was the grandest of men.” And Meryl Streep, who worked with Demme in 2015’s Ricki and the Flash, said of the director, “A big-hearted, big tent, compassionate man in full embrace in his life of people in need and of the potential of art, music, poetry and film to fill that need. A big loss to the caring world.”

Gossip Cop will update as more celebrities react to Demme’s death.

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