Cecil Blount DeMille was a founding member of the Hollywood motion picture business, as well as one of the most commercially successful producer-director of his era and one of history’s most important filmmakers. He made seventy feature films between 1914 and 1956, all but seven of them were lucrative.
He made 70 features, both silent and sound, between 1914 and 1958. He is regarded as the most commercially successful producer-director in cinematic history and a founding father of American cinema. His movies were notable for their epic scope and cinematic showmanship. Social dramas, comedies, Westerns, farces, morality plays, and historical pageants were among his silent films.
DeMille grew up in New York City and was born in Ashfield, Massachusetts. In 1900, he began his career as a theatrical actor. Later, he began composing and directing stage musicals, some in collaboration with Jesse Lasky, a vaudeville producer at the time. The Squaw Man (1914), DeMille’s debut picture, was also the first full-length feature film shot in Hollywood.
It was economically successful due to its interracial love story, and it was the first picture to promote Hollywood as the home of the American film industry. The popularity of his films led to the formation of Paramount Pictures, which he co-founded with Lasky and Adolph Zukor. His first biblical epic, The Ten Commandments (1923), was a critical and economic success, setting a twenty-five-year Paramount revenue record.
For his circus drama The Greatest Show on Earth (1952), which won both the Academy Award for Best Picture and the Golden Globe Award for Best Motion Picture – Drama, he received his first Academy Award nomination for Best Director. The Ten Commandments (1956), which was also nominated for a Best Picture Academy Award, is currently the eighth-highest-grossing film of all time, adjusted for inflation.
He won an Academy Honorary Award for his services to film, the Palme d’Or (posthumously) for Union Pacific (1939), a DGA Award for Lifetime Achievement, and the Irving G. Thalberg Memorial Award, in addition to his Best Picture Awards.
He was the first person to receive the Cecil B. DeMille Award, which was named after him. DeMille’s reputation as a filmmaker has increased through time, and his films and directors have impacted many others.