Sam Raimi Samuel Marshall "Sam" Raimi (born October 23, 1959) is an American film director, producer, and writer. He is best known for directing the classic cult-horror film The Evil Dead and the blockbuster Spider-Man films.
Raimi was born in Royal Oak, Michigan to a conservative Jewish family of Polish ancestry; his father was Leonard Ronald Raimi and his mother was Celia Barbara Raimi. His original surname was Rengewrtz, but was shortened Raimi after his grandfather immigrated to the United States. His father's close cousin was Harry Margolis who played for the St. Louis Cardinals in the 1941 season. He attended Michigan State University and majored in English.