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Gillian Greene

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Gillian Greene
BornGillian Dania Greene
(1968-01-06) January 6, 1968 (age 53)
Santa Monica, California, U.S.A.
🏳️ Nationality
🎓 Alma materUSC, NYU
💼 Occupation
  • Actress
  • Producer
  • Director
📆 Years active  1979–present
👩 Spouse(s)
Sam Raimi (m. 1993)
👶 Children5
FamilyLorne Greene (father)
Nancy Deale (mother)

Gillian Dania Greene (born January 6, 1968) is an American actress, film producer and film director. She is the daughter of actor Lorne Greene and actress Nancy Deale, and the wife of filmmaker Sam Raimi.[2]

Early life[edit]

Greene was born in Santa Monica, California, to parents Lorne Greene, a world-famous internationally renowned Canadian-American entertainer,[3] and Nancy Deale, an accomplished Hollywood actress, artist, poet and political activist.[4] Growing up as the daughter of a renowned TV star instilled a sense of pride in her personal view of her father.[2] She would often be found on the set of Bonanza and Battlestar Galactica - television shows in which her father starred in.[1]

Greene attended USC and NYU before returning to Los Angeles.[1] Watching her father, Lorne, act in major roles inspired her take up acting herself.[5] As an aspiring young actress, Greene took a two-year training course at the Joanne Baron / D.W. Brown Acting Studio where she studied the Meisner technique.[6][1] She also managed to find work at InterTalent, a then-leading Hollywood talent agency under Bill Block (the agency's president).



In 1979, Greene had a guest role on Battlestar Galactica alongside her father, who starred in the original series.[6]

In the 1988 made-for-television western film Bonanza: The Next Generation, she played the love interest opposite Michael Landon Jr.’s role as Benjamin 'Benj' Cartwright, the son of Little Joe Cartwright from the original series.


Later in Greene's life, she developed a strong interest in being behind the camera as a director. After making a short film to roast her husband, Sam Raimi, for a birthday party, she desired to create her own films.[2][7] To her advantage, she already had some directing experience by helping her husband in his work behind the scenes, and watching how the directing process works.[5]

Greene was also inspired by the movie Little Miss Sunshine, which gave her further motivation to get more involved in film direction.[6]

Murder of a Cat (2014)[edit]

Greene's first feature film as director was the independent thriller comedy film, Murder of a Cat. It premiered at the Tribeca Film Festival in 2014,[2] and was picked up and distributed by Gravitas Ventures.[8]

She came across the film script on The Black List, fell in love with it and contacted the writers, Christian Magalhaes and Robert Snow, with an interest to direct it.[7]

The film starred Fran Kranz, Nikki Reed, Blythe Danner, Greg Kinnear and J. K. Simmons.[9]

Fanboy (2019)[edit]

In March 2019, Greene released a 40-minute comedy film short via Amazon, starring Fran Kranz and J. K. Simmons, titled Fanboy.[6] For assistance in writing the script for Fanboy, she collaborated with writers Chester Hastings and R. Dean McCreary. The film's story is inspired by a real person of the same name in the film.[2]

The story of Fanboy follows a character named Jeremiah who comes from South Carolina to Hollywood in search of a dream - to collaborate with and star in a Sam Raimi film (who incidentally is Greene's husband in real life).[2]

According to Greene, the inspiration for this short film came from a desire to tell a story about “following your dreams and risking it all, even if things don't go your way.”[5] As both the writer and director of Fanboy, she aimed to make fun of common Hollywood stereotypes (such as agents and method acting classes).[2]

In the promotion of Fanboy, Greene featured on the cover of the March, 2019 issue of Fete Lifestyle Magazine[2] and the “Female Filmmaker Focus” section of Indie Entertainment Magazine’s Cannes Film Festival 2019 Edition.[10]

Future projects[edit]

Another project Greene is currently working on as a director is a drama titled The Caterpillar.[2]

She is also currently in the process of producing a feature project called Yankees Suck, which is based on a true story, set in the early 2000s. Greene's film production company, Pyewacket Pictures, optioned the story from ESPN’s 30 for 30 podcast, and has been adapted into a screenplay.[11][12] The plot of the film follows a group of Boston teenagers who made millions of dollars illegally by selling “Yankees Suck” t-shirts outside Fenway Park.[5]

Personal life[edit]

Gillian Greene is married to director, Sam Raimi, and together they have 5 children.[2]


Television series[edit]

Year Title Role Notes
1979 Battlestar Galactica Melanie

Television films[edit]

Year Title Role Notes
1988 Bonanza: The Next Generation Jennifer Sills


Year Title Notes
2014 Murder of a Cat
2019 Fanboy Short film. Also writer


Year Title Notes
2014 Murder of a Cat
2019 Fanboy Short film. Also writer
TBA Yankees Suck In development

Awards and nominations[edit]

French Riviera Film Festival[edit]

Year Nominee / work Award Result
2019 Fanboy (Gillian Greene: Director) Comedy Nominated[13]

Brentwood & Pacific Palisades International Film Festival[edit]

Year Nominee / work Award Result
2019 Fanboy (Gillian Greene: Director) Best Comedy Won[14]


  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 1.3 "'Tribeca Women Directors: Meet Gillian Greene (Murder of a Cat)'". Women and Hollywood. April 24, 2019. Retrieved August 20, 2019.
  2. 2.0 2.1 2.2 2.3 2.4 2.5 2.6 2.7 2.8 2.9 Powell, Pamela (March 1, 2019). "'Gillian Greene Continuing Hollywood's Legends'". Fete Lifestyle Magazine, joomag.com. pp. 46–49. Retrieved August 19, 2019.
  3. Weil, Martin (September 12, 1987). "'Former "Bonanza" Star Lorne Greene Dies at 72'". The Washington Post. Retrieved August 23, 2019.
  4. "'Obituary – Nancy Deale Greene'". Tahoe Daily Tribune. March 9, 2004. Retrieved August 23, 2019.
  5. 5.0 5.1 5.2 5.3 French, Jordan (March 4, 2019). "'Gillian Greene Dishes on "Fanboy", Yankees Suck", and How Her Kids Became Extras'". GritDaily.com. Retrieved August 19, 2019.
  6. 6.0 6.1 6.2 6.3 Fernwood, Kirk (March 21, 2019). "'In Their Own Words: Writer/Director Gillian Greene of "Fanboy'". One Film Fan. Retrieved August 19, 2019.
  7. 7.0 7.1 Waxman, Sharon (December 12, 2014). "'Family Affair: When Sam Raimi Produced Wife Gillian Greene's Film Debut'". TheWrap. Retrieved August 21, 2019.
  8. Shafer, Cody Ray (December 8, 2014). "'Murder of a Cat'". Under The Radar. Retrieved August 23, 2019.
  9. "'Murder of a Cat: 2014 Tribeca Film Festival'". tribecafilm.com. 2014. Retrieved August 20, 2019.
  10. "'"Gillian Greene - Female Filmmaker Focus'". Indie Entertainment Magazine, Cannes Film Festival 2019 Edition. May 1, 2019. p. 13. Retrieved August 22, 2019.
  11. O'Neil, Luke (July 6, 2017). "'The Strange, True Tale of the 'Yankees Suck' T-Shirt'". Esquire. Retrieved August 21, 2019.
  12. Siegler, Mara (June 20, 2017). "'Ray LeMoine's 'Yankees Suck' story to be turned into a movie'". NY Post. Retrieved August 21, 2019.
  13. "'2019 Finalists'". French Riviera Film Festival. 2019. Retrieved August 21, 2019.
  14. "'"Winners Announced at the 1st Annual Brentwood & Pacific Palisades International Film Festival'". Brentwood & Pacific Palisades International Film Festival. June 14, 2019. Retrieved August 21, 2019.

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