Cecil B. DeMille

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Cecil Blount Demille

Birthplace: Ashfield, MA, United States
Death: January 21, 1959 (77)
Los Angeles, CA, United States (Heart failure)
Place of Burial: Hollywood, Los Angeles, CA, United States
Immediate Family:

Son of Henry Churchill de Mille and Matilda Beatrice de Mille
Husband of Constance DeMille
Father of Cecilia Hoyt Harper; Katherine DeMille and John Blount DeMille
Brother of William Churchill Demille and Agnes Beatrice Demille

Occupation: Film director, Film Producer
Managed by: George J. Homs
Last Updated:

About Cecil B. DeMille

Cecil Blount Demille, known as Cecil B. DeMille, was a pioneering film director - in both silent and sound movies. Starting in 1913, he became a dominant force in the Hollywood film industry for 40 years. He produced or directed about 80 movies - including The Ten Commandments (1956), a movie in the 'epic' genre for which he is probably best known today. His movies collected 13 oscars. In 1952, he received the first Golden Globe award for lifetime achievement in motion pictures; this annual award is now named after him.

For more about Cecil B. DeMille's life and career, please check this Wikipedia article.


The genealogy perspective

Cecil B. DeMille's family came to America in 1658. The American progenitor was Anthony Demil, born in 1625 in Sint Anthonis - in the current Dutch province Noord Brabant. However, in about 1554, Anthony's grandfather Antonis Laurensz Demil was born in Sint-Lievens-Esse - in the current Belgian province of Oost-Vlaanderen (East Flanders). From there, the Demil family is currently tracked on Geni to Gillie DeMil, born around 1280.

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Cecil B. DeMille's Timeline

August 12, 1881
Ashfield, MA, United States
October 5, 1908
Age 27
Orange, Essex, NJ, United States
June 29, 1911
Age 29
Vancouver, BC, Canada
September 17, 1914
Age 33
Laramie, Albany County, Wyoming, United States
January 21, 1959
Age 77
Los Angeles, CA, United States
January 23, 1959
Age 77
Hollywood, Los Angeles, CA, United States