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Cecil B. DeMille (1881–1959)


His parents Henry C. DeMille and Beatrice DeMille were playwrights. His father died when he was 12, and his mother supported the family by opening a school for girls and a theatrical company. Too young to enlist in the Spanish-American War, Cecil followed his brother William C. de Mille to the New York Academy of Dramatic Arts, making his stage ... See full bio »

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Won 1 Oscar. Another 14 wins & 5 nominations. See more awards »

Known For

The Ten Commandments
(1956)
Samson and Delilah
(1949)
Reap the Wild Wind
(1942)

Filmography

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 1958 The Buccaneer (supervising executive producer)
 1956 The Ten Commandments (producer - as Cecil B. de Mille)
 1953 The War of the Worlds (executive producer - uncredited)
 1952 The Greatest Show on Earth (producer)
 1951 When Worlds Collide (executive producer - uncredited)
 1949 Samson and Delilah (producer)
 1947 Unconquered (producer - as Cecil B. De Mille)
 1944 The Story of Dr. Wassell (producer)
 1942 Reap the Wild Wind (producer - as Cecil B. De Mille)
 1940 North West Mounted Police (producer)
 1939 Union Pacific (producer)
 1938 The Buccaneer (producer)
 1936 The Plainsman (producer - uncredited)
 1935 The Crusades (producer - uncredited)
 1934 Cleopatra (producer - uncredited)
 1934 Four Frightened People (producer)
 1933 This Day and Age (producer - uncredited)
 1932 The Sign of the Cross (producer - uncredited)
 1931 The Squaw Man (producer - uncredited)
 1930 Madam Satan (producer - uncredited)
 1929 Dynamite (producer - uncredited)
 1929 The Godless Girl (producer)
 1928 Walking Back (producer - uncredited)
 1928 Hold 'Em Yale (producer)
 1928 Let 'Er Go Gallegher (executive producer)
 1927 The Angel of Broadway (producer)
 1927 The Fighting Eagle (executive producer)
 1927 Vanity (producer)
 1927 The King of Kings (producer)
 1927 The Yankee Clipper (producer)
 1927 White Gold (producer)
 1926 The Cruise of the Jasper B (producer)
 1926 Her Man o' War (producer)
 1926 The Volga Boatman (producer)
 1926 Whispering Smith (producer)
 1925 The Road to Yesterday (producer)
 1925 The Coming of Amos (producer)
 1925 The Dressmaker from Paris (supervising producer)
 1925 The Golden Bed (producer)
 1924 Feet of Clay (producer)
 1924 Triumph (producer)
 1923 The Ten Commandments (producer - uncredited)
 1923 Adam's Rib (producer)
 1922 Manslaughter (producer)
 1922 Saturday Night (producer)
 1921 Fool's Paradise (producer)
 1921 The Affairs of Anatol (producer - as Cecil B. De Mille)
 1921 Forbidden Fruit (producer)
 1920 Something to Think About (producer)
 1920 Why Change Your Wife? (producer)
 1919 Male and Female (producer)
 1919 For Better, for Worse (producer)
 1919 Don't Change Your Husband (producer)
 1918 The Squaw Man (producer)
 1918 Till I Come Back to You (producer)
 1918 We Can't Have Everything (producer)
 1918 Old Wives for New (producer)
 1918 The Whispering Chorus (producer)
 1917 The Devil-Stone (producer)
 1917 The Woman God Forgot (producer)
 1917 The Little American (producer)
 1917 A Romance of the Redwoods (producer)
 1917 Lost and Won (producer)
 1916 Joan the Woman (producer)
 1916 The Dream Girl (producer)
 1916 Maria Rosa (producer)
 1916 The Heart of Nora Flynn (producer)
 1916 The Trail of the Lonesome Pine (producer)
 1915 Temptation (producer)
 1915/I The Golden Chance (producer)
 1915 The Cheat (producer)
 1915 Chimmie Fadden Out West (producer)
 1915/I Carmen (producer)
 1915 Kindling (producer)
 1915 Chimmie Fadden (Short) (producer)
 1915 The Arab (producer)
 1915 The Wild Goose Chase (Short) (producer - uncredited)
 1915 The Captive (producer)
 1915 The Unafraid (Short) (producer - uncredited)
 1915 The Warrens of Virginia (producer - uncredited)
 1915 The Girl of the Golden West (producer)
 1914 The Ghost Breaker (producer)
 1914 Rose of the Rancho (producer)
 1914 The Man from Home (producer)
 1914 What's His Name (producer)
 1914 The Call of the North (producer - uncredited)
 1914 Brewster's Millions (producer - uncredited)
 1914 The Squaw Man (producer - uncredited)
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Show Show Writer (22 credits)
Show Show Actor (19 credits)
Show Show Miscellaneous Crew (17 credits)
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Show Show Self (30 credits)
Show Show Archive footage (24 credits)

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Personal Details

Other Works:

Stage: Appeared in "Alice of Old Vincennes" on Broadway. Drama. Written by Edward E. Rose. Adapted from the novel by Maurice Thompson. Garden Theatre: 2 Dec 1901-Jan 1902 (closing date unknown/64 performances). Cast: Virginia Harned, Robert Broderick, George Bryant, William Courtleigh, Sidney Donalds, Laurence Eddinger, Wallace Erskine... See more »

Publicity Listings:

4 Biographical Movies | 13 Print Biographies | 102 Articles | 1 Magazine Cover Photo | See more »

Official Sites:


Alternate Names:

Cecil B. De Mille | Cecil B. de Mille

Height:

5' 10" (1.78 m)
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Did You Know?

Personal Quote:

For the roles of Samson and Delilah (1949), I selected two players quite deliberately because they embody in a large part of the public mind the essence of maleness and attractive femininity, Victor Mature and Hedy Lamarr. That casting was risky. If it turned out that my two leads had nothing to give to the story but the appearance of male strength and female beauty, however superlatively they ... See more »

Trivia:

Although married to wife Constance for fifty-six years, DeMille had long-term affairs with two other women: Jeanie Macpherson and Julia Faye, occasionally entertaining both women simultaneously on his yacht or his ranch. His wife knew of the affairs, but preferred to live with their children in the main house. See more »

Trademark:

Film epics, religious or otherwise.

Nickname:

C.B.

Star Sign:

Leo

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