Ivan Raimi is a screenwriter and physician. He is also the brother of American filmmaker Sam Raimi and American character actor, director, comedian, and writer Theodore ‘Ted’ Raimi. Ivan’s brother Sam Raimi is best known for directing the Spider-Man trilogy and the Evil Dead franchise while Ted Raimi is known for his roles in The Evil Dead, Evil Dead II, and Spider-Man trilogy.
Ivan Raimi: Bio Summary
|Age||67 years old as of 2023|
|Date of birth||June 21, 1956|
|Place of birth||Royal Oak, Michigan, U.S.|
|Famous as||brother of Ted Raimi and Sam Raimi, screenwriter, physician|
|Parents||Celia Barbara Abrams and Leonard Ronald Raimi|
|Siblings||Ted Raimi, Sam Raimi, Sander Raimi, and Andrea Raimi Rubin|
How Old Is Ivan Raimi?
Ivan Mitchell Raimi celebrates his birthday once every year on June 21. He was born in the year 1956 which means, he is 67 years old as of 2023. He was born in Royal Oak, Michigan, U.S. as the third of five children. His parents are Celia Barbara (née Abrams) and Leonard Ronald Raimi.
Ivan Raimi’s mother Celia Barbara owned lingerie shops while his father Leonard Ronald owned home furnishing stores. Ivan was brought up in Conservative Judaism. His ancestors emigrated from Russia and Hungary. He has four siblings, three brothers, and one sister.
Ivan Raimi’s brothers are Theodore Raimi (Ted Raimi), a character actor, director, comedian, and writer, Samuel Marshall Raimi (Sam Raimi), a director, producer, screenwriter, and actor, and Sander Raimi, who unfortunately, died at age 15 in an accidental drowning. Ivan’s sister is court reporter Andrea Raimi Rubin.
Ivan Is A Screenwriter And Physician
Ivan Raimi is an emergency medicine physician and a screenwriter. He said he has “the best two jobs in the world. I feel very privileged in both careers.” Ivan graduated from Michigan State University. He received his medical degree from the Des Moines University medical school (1984). He finished an emergency medicine residency at the Southside Medical Center.
Ivan is dually board certified by the American Board of Internal Medicine and the American Osteopathic Board of Emergency Medicine. He works as an emergency physician in Chicago yet he occasionally travels to Los Angeles to work in Hollywood. According to him:
“When I’m in the emergency room, I don’t really like to talk about movies or writing or Hollywood. I find it distracting and inappropriate. When I’m writing, I guess people don’t really care that I’m a doctor, though I have been on sets when I’m there as a writer or a visitor, and I’m called in to do emergency medicine.”
Ivan Raimi schedules his shifts and takes days off at a time to travel to Los Angeles and work with his brother Sam, a process he describes as a “natural extension of play.” As a screenwriter, Ivan has collaborated on projects with his two brothers Sam Raimi and Ted Raimi.
Ivan has worked in Easy Wheels, The Nutt House, Army of Darkness, Spider-Man 3, Drag Me to Hell, Army of Darkness: Defense, Ash vs. Evil Dead: Aunt Linda’s Bake Off, Ash vs Evil Dead, and 50 States of Fright. He helped develop the stories for Spider-Man (2002) and Spider-Man 2 (2004). He created the short-lived television series Spy Game.
Ivan Raimi co-wrote Darkman, a collaboration with Sam, which also featured Ted. He served as an associate producer of “Drag Me to Hell” and co-executive producer of Ash vs Evil Dead. He also worked as a consultant in developing certain scenes for 2013’s Oz: The Great and Powerful, directed by Sam.
Speaking of working on Oz: The Great and The Powerful, Ivan said: “ We keep the audience in mind, and this movie is very family-oriented. My brother has kids, I have kids, and we try to think about what’s fun for us and appropriate for them. You want to have fun, and you don’t want to make a kids’ movie that’s hard for adults to stomach because it’s too juvenile, but you don’t want to feel uncomfortable taking your kids to a movie that’s too violent or too sexually inappropriate”.
“In Oz, there’s no cursing, there’s no sex, there’s no blood, and yet at the same time I think it’s very romantic and funny and has some adventure and some horror.” Ivan also talked about the specific scenes he worked on in Oz. He said: “In one scene, James Franco’s character is a magician traveling the cheap magic circuit and the carnival circuit in rural Kansas.”
“It was a lot of fun to go back to the old traveling carnival entertainers. We did a little research on these shows, the type of patter, what people would expect and the mechanical effects, and we incorporated that into the scene. James Franco really enjoyed working with us and enjoyed learning magic. I also worked on some of the scary scenes where the wizard has to go through the dark forest in Oz and confront the evil witch.”
Ivan Raimi has also appeared in “It’s Murder!”, “Six Months to Live”, and “The Happy Valley Kid”. He portrayed the role of Fake Shemp in both The Evil Dead and Army of Darkness. He played Joe’s Assistant in Nude Bowling Party. He appeared in Spider-Man as Family on Street. His work in the entertainment industry is said to have been sparse due to his primary career as a doctor.
Ivan Raimi Is A Married Man
Ivan Raimi has a family of his own. He married Kyle Raimi. Kyle is a private person so much is unknown about her life. Ivan met Kyle during the making of “Army of Darkness”. Kyle was a crew member. Ivan and Kyle have kept their marriage private. The date and location of their wedding ceremony is unknown. Ivan Raimi and Kyle Raimi are parents of two children, Max Raimi and Sophie Raimi. It is uncertain whether Ivan and Kyle are still married or not.