Michael Cimino

American film director, screenwriter, producer and author

Michael Cimino (/ɪˈmn/ chi-MEE-noh;[1] February 3, 1939 – July 2, 2016) was an American movie director, screenwriter, producer and author. He was best known for directing, producing and co-writing the 1978 Academy Award-winning movie The Deer Hunter, and for writing and directing 1980s financial failure Heaven's Gate.

Michael Cimino
at an event in 2003
Born(1939-02-03)February 3, 1939
DiedJuly 2, 2016(2016-07-02) (aged 77)
EducationYale University
(BFA Painting, 1961;
MFA Painting, 1963)
OccupationFilm director · Producer
Screenwriter · Author
StyleStriking visual style
Controversial subject matter

Cimino was found dead of heart failure on July 2, 2016 in his bed Los Angeles, California, aged 77.[2]


  1. Say How? A Pronunciation Guide to Names of Public Figures: "Cimino, Michael" [chi-MĒ-nō. Library of Congress. Retrieved 2010-08-27.
  2. ""'Deer Hunter,' 'Heaven's Gate' director Michael Cimino dies"". The Washington Post Online. The Washington Post. Retrieved July 3, 2016.

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