On October 23, 1959, successful director Sam Raimi was born in Royal Oak. Raimi attended Michigan State University and went on to direct movies including the cult horror Evid Dead series, the original Spider-Man trilogy, “For Love of the Game,” “The Gift,” and Oz the Great and Powerful.
In addition to film, Raimi has worked in television, producing such series as Hercules: The Legendary Journeys and its spin-off Xena: Warrior Princess, both featuring his younger brother Ted Raimi and long-time friend Bruce Campbell, American Gothic, Cleopatra 2525, M.A.N.T.I.S, 13: Fear is Real, Young Hercules, and Jack of All Trades. In 2008, Raimi executive produced a syndicated TV series called Legend of the Seeker, based on Terry Goodkind’s best-selling The Sword of Truth fantasy series. He is also the executive producer of Starz original television series Spartacus : Blood and Sand and Spartacus: Gods of the Arena, Spartacus: Vengence and Spartacus: War of the Damned. He directed the pilot episode of Ash vs Evil Dead for Starz.
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