Jonathan Demme (born February 22, 1944, in Baldwin, New York) is an American film director, producer and writer.
Demme won the Academy Award for Directing for The Silence of the Lambs in 1991.
One of his common directoral motifs is to allow characters to look directly into the camera.
Jonathan formed his production company, Clinica Estetico, with producers Edward Saxon and Peter Saraf. They were based out of New York for fifteen years. Jonathan Demme was the uncle to director Ted Demme, who died in 2002.
Jonathan Demme also has three children.