After years in the demanding field of film production, Jon Sibert is ready to settle down in coastal Delaware.

Interview By Lynn R. Parks | Photograph by Chris Glavin
From the August 2019 issue

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As a child, Jon Sibert wanted to grow up to be another Elvis. “I wanted to be in front of the camera, making movies,” he says. “I wanted to be a famous musician, and then an actor.”

He was headed in that direction — playing the lead in high school plays, drumming and singing in rock bands. But then he took a detour to work on the sets of movie and television productions. And when he realized that good money can be earned there — “music is tough, a hard way to make a living,” Sibert says — he stayed.

 

That was 35 years ago. Today, the Seaford native is a key grip, based in Philadelphia and working as an independent contractor on movies and television shows being filmed up and down the East Coast. He has worked with M. Night Shyamalan on nearly all of his films, including the Oscar-nominated “The Sixth Sense,” as well as with directors James Cameron and the late Jonathan Demme. Actors whose movies he has worked on include Arnold Schwarzenegger, Jamie Lee Curtis, Tom Hanks, James McAvoy, Samuel L. Jackson and Sylvester Stallone.

Now, nearly four decades after leaving his hometown, Sibert is returning to Sussex County. His girlfriend of two years, Mary Norton, lives near Lewes and he has bought a building lot just outside town, overlooking Canary Creek. (He’s also bought land in St. Georges, along the Chesapeake & Delaware Canal. “I have two properties that back up to water and to bike paths, and both in historic towns,” he says. “I’m just tickled pink about that.”)

 

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