Fast Facts

  • Began his career as a stage director before he was hired by Jesse L. Lasky for his Lasky Feature Play Company, which eventually evolved into Paramount Pictures.
  • Adopted son Richard is really his biological nephew; Richard was born out of wedlock to Cecil's brother, William.
  • One of the original founders of the Screen Directors Guild.
  • Had a cameo appearance in the film Sunset Boulevard; one of the film's most famous lines is "All right, Mr. DeMille, I'm ready for my closeup." 
  • Defied convention by hiring actor Edward G. Robinson and composer Elmer Bernstein, both part of the Communist blacklist of the 1950s, to work on the film The Ten Commandments.
  • Made four remakes of his own movies, including two of the same film, The Squaw Man.


  • 1952, Oscar — Best Achievement in Directing: Nominee
  • 1952, Oscar — Irving G. Thalberg Memorial Award: Winner
  • 1949, Oscar — Special Award: Winner
  • 1952, Oscar — Best Motion Picture of the Year: Winner
  • 1953, Golden Globe — Best Director - Motion Picture: Winner
  • 1952, Directors Guild of America Awards — Outstanding Directorial Achievement in Feature Film: Nominee
  • 1956, Oscar — Best Motion Picture of the Year: Nominee
  • 1952, Directors Guild of America Awards — Honorary Life Member: Winner


  • Agnes deMille — Sister
  • William C. de Mille — Brother
  • Peggy George — Niece
  • Henry Churchill deMille — Father
  • Beatrice Samuel d Mille — Mother
  • Katherine DeMille — Daughter
  • Agnes de Mille — Niece
  • Constance Adams — Wife
  • Cecilia DeMille — Daughter
  • John deMille — Son
  • Richard DeMille — Son


  • The American Academy of the Dramatic Arts, New York, New York, United States (1900)


  • Birth Name: Cecil Blount deMille
  • Birth Place: Ashfield, Massachusetts, United States
  • Died: January 21, 1959
  • Profession: Director, Producer, Screenwriter

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