Michael Cimino

  • Birth Place: New York, New York, United States
  • Died: July 2, 2016
  • Profession: Director, Writer, Producer
Where to Watch

Available to Stream

  • Watch on

Fast Facts

  • Started out in the film industry directing commercials and writing screenplays.
  • Wrote two successful scripts, Silent Running and Magnum Force, before being offered his feature-film directorial debut for a screenplay he wrote for the 1974 Clint Eastwood vehicle Thunderbolt and Lightfoot.
  • Best known as writer and director of the 1978 war drama The Deer Hunter, which won five Academy Awards.
  • Nearly ruined his reputation as a writer and director with 1980's Heaven's Gate, a commercial and critical flop.
  • Wrote a novel, Big Jane, in 2001.


  • 1979, Golden Globe — Best Director - Motion Picture: Winner
  • 1978, Oscar — Best Writing (Screenplay Written Directly for the Screen): Nominee
  • 1980, BAFTA Film Awards — Best Direction: Nominee
  • 1978, Oscar — Best Motion Picture of the Year: Winner
  • 0, — :
  • 1978, Oscar — Best Achievement in Directing: Winner
  • 1978, Directors Guild of America Awards — Outstanding Directorial Achievement in Feature Film: Winner
  • 1979, Writers Guild Awards — Original Drama: Nominee


  • Joann Carelli — Ex-significant Other


  • Michigan State University, East Lansing, Michigan, United States (BA, 1959); Yale University, New Haven, Connecticut, United States (BFA in Painting, 1961; MFA in Painting, 1963)

25 Great 2000s Movies to Stream Right Now

From Crouching Tiger to No Country

Emilia Clarke and Kit Harington, <em style="">Game of Thrones</em>

Game of Thrones Season 8 Spoilers

Every recap, review, ranking, explainer, and fan theory you need

My News

Sign up and add shows to get the latest updates about your favorite shows - Start Now