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Sam Raimi has directed some of Hollywood's scariest movies and biggest blockbusters, such as Evil Dead 2 and Spider-man.
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Raimi tackled another style of film with the western The Quick and the Dead (1995) with Sharon Stone, Gene Hackman, Russell Crowe, and Leonardo DiCaprio. The movie did poorly at the box office. He had better luck on television around time,
working as an executive producer. He scored big with such syndicated shows as Xena: Warrior Princess and Hercules: The Legendary Journeys in the mid-1990s.
In 1998, Raimi's then-sagging directorial career received a substantial boost from his work on A Simple Plan starring Billy Bob Thornton and Bill Paxton. The drama explored the impact of money on the relationship between two brothers and a friend. The trio discovered millions of cash in a crashed plane and conspired to keep the dough. Raimi earned praise for his work on the film, which some critics called one of the year's best movies.
Raimi was tapped to helm the big screen adaptation of the Spider-Man comic book series by Stan Lee. Actor Tobey Maguire took the pivotal role of Peter Parker, the young teenager who gets special powers after being bitten by a radioactive spider. For the first time in his career, Raimi enjoyed enormous box office success as Spider-Man proved to be one of the biggest hits of 2001. He followed up that blockbuster with two more popular sequels, Spider-Man 2 (2004) and Spider-Man 3 (2007). Plans for a fourth installment were scrapped in 2010 by Sony Pictures, which decided to reboot the series without Raimi or Maguire.
These days, Raimi has his hands in a number of projects. He will direct Oz, the Great and Powerful, a prequel of sorts to the classic film The Wizard of Oz, which stars James Franco, Mila Kunis, Rachel Weisz, and Michelle Williams.
Raimi is married to Gillian Greene, daughter of the late actor Lorne Greene of Bonanza fame. The couple has five children together.
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