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Edward Saxon (Producer) won an Academy Award as one of the producers of The Silence of the Lambs. The movie remains one of only three to ever sweep the main categories at the Academy Awards, winning Best Picture, Best Director (Jonathan Demme), Best Actor (Anthony Hopkins) Best Actress (Jodie Foster), and Best Adapted Screenplay (Ted Tally).
Mr. Saxon has produced several of Mr. Demme’s films before and since, including The Truth About Charlie, Beloved, Philadelphia (which won two Academy Awards, including Best Actor [Tom Hanks]), Married to the Mob, and Something Wild.
He was also a producer of Adaptation. The film, written by Charlie and Donald Kaufman and directed by Spike Jonze, won the Golden Globe and Academy Awards for Best Supporting Actor (Chris Cooper) and the Golden Globe Award for Best Supporting Actress (Meryl Streep), among other honors.
He was a producer on Tom Hanks’ directorial debut, That Thing You Do! As executive producer, Mr. Saxon’s credits include Carl Franklin’s Devil in a Blue Dress; George Armitage’s Miami Blues; Myles Connell’s The Opportunists; Richard Linklater’s Fast Food Nation; and Victor Nunez’ Ulee’s Gold, for which Peter Fonda was an Academy Award nominee.
In documentary features, Mr. Saxon was a producer of Angus Gibson and Jo Menell’s Mandela: Son of Africa, Father of a Nation, which was nominated for an Academy Award; and producer and executive producer, respectively, of Mr. Demme’s Cousin Bobby, and Storefront Hitchcock and Haiti Dreams of Democracy
He is a founding Advisory Board member of the Independent Film Channel.
Mr. Saxon was raised in St, Louis, Missouri, and graduated from McGill University and The Peter Stark Producing Program at USC’s School of Cinema-Television. Originally an actor, he was one of VH1’s first VJs, and can be seen as a head in a jar in The Silence of the Lambs.