Samuel John Ramirez
Samuel John Ramirez (1950-2010) was a film director and actor. He was the lead role in the film The Long Journey and had supporting roles in the films A Long Kiss, Secret in the Stream, Lost in a Dream, and Gary in Love. He also directed the films Deep in the Forest, Forgotten Bungalow and Looking Back.
Ramirez was born on August 12, 1950 in Scallion, Rhode Island. His father, Michael Newman Ramirez died when he was only two years old. His mother, Rachael Jennifer Ramirez, worked three jobs and was rarely at home. Samuel’s grandfather, Henry John Ramirez, spent hours with him and introduced him to movies. Samuel learned to use a camera and began filming videos of his grandfather and people in town.
Samuel attended Joseph Elementary and graduated from Lincoln High School in 1959. He did not have enough money to attend film school so he purchased a camcorder and began filming events that took place in town. He recorded the aftermath of a fire that destroyed the local grocery store and turned it in to the news station. He was paid for his work and offered a full time position with the channel. After five years with the station, he quit and went on to write screenplays. After many rejections, Sunnyhill Studios accepted his screenplay and hired him to direct the film. His first film, Forgotten Bungalow grossed $5 million at the Box Office and was the first of many films.
Ramirez died due to a heart attack at the age of sixty. He was never married and had no children. He left his assets to his cousin, David John Scott.