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    Tim Van Rellim

    • Films Produced: A Knight's Tale
    • Films Executive Produced: The Invisible Circus
    Tim Van Rellim is a film producer.
    7.86
    7 votes
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    Hamish McAlpine

    • Films Produced: Funny Games U.S.
    • Films Executive Produced: 16 Years of Alcohol
    Hamish McAlpine is a film producer.
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    6 votes
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    8.00
    6 votes
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    9.00
    5 votes
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    Bharathiraja

    Bharathiraja

    • Films Produced: 16 Vayathinile
    P. Bharathiraja (Tamil: பி. பாரதிராஜா; born 17 July 1941) is a South Indian filmmaker who works mainly in the Tamil film industry. Bharathiraja displayed a story-teller's potential from an early age. He is known for his realistic and sensitive portrayal of village-life in his movies. He is well known for his work in 16 Vayathinile, Muthal Mariyathai, Vedham Pudhithu, Karuththamma, Kizhakku Cheemayile and Anthimanthaarai. He has won six National Film Awards, two Tamil Nadu State Film Awards and is also a recipient of other awards such as Filmfare Awards South, Cinema Express Awards and Nandi Awards. Bharathiraja started his film career as an assistant to director P. Pullaiya and Kannada film-maker Puttanna Kanagal. He also worked with Krishnan Nair, Avinasi Mani and A. Jaganathan, he learned the grammar of film-making and got his first directorial opportunity in 1977. His first film 16 Vayathinile for which he wrote the script broke the then existing convention to create a new genre of village cinema. The movie is now regarded as a game-changer and a mile-stone in the modern history of Tamil Cinema. About the movie, said Bharathirajaa in his own words, "This movie was meant to be
    8.80
    5 votes
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    7.50
    6 votes
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    Anne Kopelson

    • Films Produced: A Perfect Murder
    • Films Executive Produced: Murder at 1600
    Anne Kopelson is a film producer.
    6.57
    7 votes
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    6.57
    7 votes
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    7.17
    6 votes
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    8.20
    5 votes
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    Clint Eastwood

    Clint Eastwood

    • Films Produced: A Perfect World
    • Films Executive Produced: Thelonious Monk: Straight, No Chaser
    Clinton "Clint" Eastwood, Jr. (born May 31, 1930) is an American film actor, director, producer, composer, and politician. Eastwood first came to prominence as a supporting cast member in the TV series Rawhide (1959–1965). He rose to fame for playing the Man with No Name in Sergio Leone's Dollars trilogy of spaghetti westerns (A Fistful of Dollars, For a Few Dollars More, and The Good, the Bad and the Ugly) during the late 1960s, and as Harry Callahan in the Dirty Harry films (Dirty Harry, Magnum Force, The Enforcer, Sudden Impact, and The Dead Pool) throughout the 1970s and 1980s. These roles, among others, have made him an enduring cultural icon of masculinity. For his work in the films Unforgiven (1992) and Million Dollar Baby (2004), Eastwood won Academy Awards for Best Director and Producer of the Best Picture, as well as receiving nominations for Best Actor. These films in particular, as well as others including Play Misty for Me (1971), Thunderbolt and Lightfoot (1974), The Outlaw Josey Wales (1976), Escape from Alcatraz (1979), Tightrope (1984), Pale Rider (1985), Heartbreak Ridge (1986), In the Line of Fire (1993), The Bridges of Madison County (1995), and Gran Torino
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    5 votes
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    Fred Zinnemann

    • Films Produced: A Man for All Seasons
    Fred Zinnemann (29 April 1907 – 14 March 1997) was an Austrian-American film director. He won two Academy Awards for directing films (From Here to Eternity and A Man for All Seasons) in many genres, including thrillers, westerns, film noir, and play adaptations. Nineteen actors appearing in Zinnemann's films received Academy Award nominations for their performances: among that number are Frank Sinatra, Audrey Hepburn, Glynis Johns, Paul Scofield, Robert Shaw, Wendy Hiller, Jason Robards, Vanessa Redgrave, Jane Fonda, Gary Cooper and Maximilian Schell. Zinnemann was born in Vienna, Austria, the son of Anna and Oskar Zinnemann, a doctor. His family was Jewish. While growing up in Austria, he wanted to become a musician, but went on to study law. While studying at the University of Vienna, he became drawn to films and eventually became a cameraman. He worked in Germany with several other beginners (Billy Wilder and Robert Siodmak also worked with him on the 1929 feature People on Sunday) before going to America to study film. Zinnemann's penchant for realism and authenticity is evident in his first feature The Wave (1935), shot on location in Mexico with mostly non-professional actors
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    5 votes
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    Elliot Abbott

    • Films Produced: A League of Their Own
    • Films Executive Produced: The Preacher's Wife
    Elliot Abbott is a film and television producer.
    7.60
    5 votes
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    7.40
    5 votes
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    Martin Ransohoff

    Martin Ransohoff

    • Films Produced: American Pop
    • Films Executive Produced: Our Mother's House
    Martin Ransohoff (born November 30, 1926) is a cinema and television producer, and member of the Ransohoff family. Ransohoff was born in New Orleans, Louisiana in 1927. He founded the film production company Filmways, Inc. in 1960 and remained with the company until 1972. He attempted to "create" female movie stars during the 1960s; the actresses who achieved the greatest success under his tutelage were Ann-Margret, Tuesday Weld and Sharon Tate, who featured in several of his films from 1964 until her death in 1969. He is a cousin of neurosurgeon Joseph Ransohoff. He graduated from Colgate University in 1949 and is on a list of Distinguished Alumni. The Beverly Hillbillies brought Ransohoff his first success in 1962 and thereafter he turned his attention to films. Ransohoff is vividly described and featured in a chapter of screenwriter Joe Eszterhas's memoir, Hollywood Animal, about the making of the film Jagged Edge.
    7.40
    5 votes
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    Peter Abrams

    • Films Produced: A Kid in King Arthur's Court
    • Films Executive Produced: Jane Austen's Mafia!
    Peter Abrams is a film producer.
    7.40
    5 votes
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    Tsui Hark

    Tsui Hark

    • Films Produced: A Chinese Ghost Story
    • Films Executive Produced: The Laser Man
    Tsui Hark (born 15 February 1950), born Tsui Man-kong, is a Hong Kong New Wave film director, producer and screenwriter. He is viewed as a major figure in the Golden Age of Hong Kong cinema (typically early 1980s to mid 1990s). Tsui was born and raised in Saigon, Vietnam, in a large Chinese immigrant family with sixteen siblings. By the age of 13, he and his family immigrated to Hong Kong. Tsui showed an early interest in show business and films; when he was 10, he and some friends rented an 8 mm camera to film a magic show they put on at school. He also drew comic books, an interest that would influence his cinematic style. Tsui started his secondary education in Hong Kong in 1966. He proceeded to study film in Texas, first at Southern Methodist University and then at the University of Texas at Austin, graduating in 1975. He claims to have told his parents he wanted to follow in his father's footsteps as a pharmacist, and that it was here he changed his given name to Hark ("overcoming"). After graduation, Tsui moved to New York City, where he worked on From Spikes to Spindles (1976), a noted documentary film by Christine Choy on the history of the city's Chinatown. He also worked
    7.40
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    7.20
    5 votes
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    Frank Marshall

    Frank Marshall

    • Films Produced: Empire of the Sun
    • Films Executive Produced: *batteries not included
    Frank Wilton Marshall (born September 13, 1946) is an American film producer and director, often working in collaboration with his wife, Kathleen Kennedy. With Kennedy and Steven Spielberg, he was one of the founders of Amblin Entertainment. In 1991, he founded, with Kennedy, The Kennedy/Marshall Company, a film production company which has a contract with DreamWorks Studios. Since May 2012, with Kennedy taking on the role of co-chair at Lucasfilm, Marshall has been Kennedy/Marshall's sole principal. Marshall has consistently collaborated with directors Steven Spielberg, Peter Bogdanovich and M. Night Shyamalan. Marshall was born in Glendale, California, the son of composer Jack Marshall. His early years were spent in Van Nuys, California. In 1961, his family moved to Newport Beach, where he attended Newport Harbor High School. Marshall was active in music, drama, cross country, and track. He entered UCLA in 1964 as an engineering major, but that did not last long. Over the next 3 years, he explored many different majors, eventually graduating with a degree in Political Science. While at UCLA, he helped create its first NCAA soccer team, and played collegiate soccer there in 1966,
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    5 votes
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    6.17
    6 votes
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    Hal Roach

    Hal Roach

    • Films Produced: 45 Minutes from Hollywood
    Harold Eugene "Hal" Roach, Sr. (January 14, 1892 - November 2, 1992) was an American film and television producer and director, and actor from the 1910s to the 1990s. Hal Roach was born in Elmira, New York, the grandson of Irish Immigrants. A presentation by the great American humorist Mark Twain impressed Roach as a young grade school student. After an adventurous youth that took him to Alaska, Hal Roach arrived in Hollywood, California in 1912 and began working as an extra in silent films. Upon coming into an inheritance, he began producing short comedies in 1915 with his friend Harold Lloyd, who portrayed a character known as Lonesome Luke. Also in 1915, Roach married actress Marguerite Nichols. They had two children, Hal, Jr. (June 15, 1918 – March 29, 1972) and Margaret M. Roach (March 15, 1921 – November 22, 1964). In 1941, his wife of 26 years, Marguerite, died. After Marguerite's death Roach married a second time on September 1, 1942 to Lucille Prin (January 20, 1913 – April 4, 1981), a Los Angeles secretary. They were married at the on-base home of Colonel Franklin C. Wolfe and his wife at Wright-Patterson Airfield in Dayton, Ohio where Roach was stationed at the time
    7.00
    5 votes
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    Lynn Raynor

    • Films Produced: 3: The Dale Earnhardt Story
    • Films Executive Produced: Black Death
    Lynn Raynor is a producer and production manager.
    7.00
    5 votes
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    Walt Disney

    Walt Disney

    • Films Produced: 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea
    • Films Executive Produced: Treasure Island
    Walter Elias "Walt" Disney (December 5, 1901 – December 15, 1966) was an American film producer, director, screenwriter, voice actor, animator, entrepreneur, entertainer, international icon, and philanthropist, well known for his influence in the field of entertainment during the 20th century. Along with his brother Roy O. Disney, he was co-founder of Walt Disney Productions, which later became one of the best-known motion picture producers in the world. The corporation is now known as The Walt Disney Company and had an annual revenue of approximately US$36 billion in the 2010 financial year. Disney is particularly noted as a film producer and a popular showman, as well as an innovator in animation and theme park design. He and his staff created some of the world's most well-known fictional characters including Mickey Mouse, for whom Disney himself provided the original voice. During his lifetime he received four honorary Academy Awards and won 22 Academy Awards from a total of 59 nominations, including a record four in one year, giving him more awards and nominations than any other individual in history. Disney also won seven Emmy Awards and gave his name to the Disneyland and
    9.33
    3 votes
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    Chris Bender

    • Films Produced: A History of Violence
    • Films Executive Produced: Cats & Dogs
    Chris Bender is a film producer and actor.
    8.00
    4 votes
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    8.00
    4 votes
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    Michael Jaffe

    Michael Jaffe

    • Films Produced: 10.5: Apocalypse
    • Films Executive Produced: Double Wedding
    Michael Jaffe is a film and television producer.
    8.00
    4 votes
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    Jake Eberts

    • Films Produced: Open Range
    • Films Executive Produced: Dances with Wolves
    Jake Eberts, OC (July 10, 1941 – September 6, 2012) was a film producer, executive and financier. He was known for risk-taking and producing a consistently high caliber of movies including such award-winning titles as Chariots of Fire (1981, uncredited), Gandhi (1982), Dances with Wolves (1990), and the successful animated feature Chicken Run (2000). Born John David Eberts in Montreal, Quebec, Jake Eberts grew up in Montreal and Arvida. He attended Bishop's College School in Lennoxville, Quebec and graduated from McGill University (Bachelor of Chemical Engineering 1962) and Harvard Business School (MBA 1966). Eberts' working career began as a start-up engineer for L'Air Liquide in Spain, Italy, Germany and France. He then spent three years as a Wall Street investor. He moved to London, England in 1971, where he joined Oppenheimer & Co., rising to the position of managing director of the UK brokerage and investment company in 1976. With no apparent prior interest in film, about 1977 he turned to film financing, and joined David Puttnam in founding Goldcrest Films, an independent film production company, for which he served as president and CEO. His first venture was the animated
    6.80
    5 votes
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    Jimmy Iovine

    Jimmy Iovine

    • Films Produced: 8 Mile
    • Films Executive Produced: More Than a Game
    James "Jimmy" Iovine ( /ˈaɪ.əviːn/; Italian pronunciation: [ˈjovine]; born March 11, 1953) is an American music producer, entrepreneur and chairman of Interscope-Geffen-A&M. Born in Brooklyn in an Italian-American family, Iovine began his career as a recording engineer in the mid-1970s, working with Raspberries, John Lennon, Bruce Springsteen and Jonathan Liberato. He went on to produce albums for U2 (Rattle & Hum), Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers, Stevie Nicks, Golden Earring, Simple Minds, Dire Straits, Flame (featuring Marge Raymond, Jimmy Crespo, Bob Leone, and others), and Patti Smith. Iovine established Interscope Records in 1990 with the release of Gerardo's Mo' Ritmo. It went on to become Interscope-Geffen-A&M following Universal's acquisition of PolyGram when Iovine was named co-chairman; in 2001, he became chairman. He is credited with having given Eminem's demo tape to Dr. Dre, who signed him to his Aftermath label. In 2002, Iovine co-produced the hit Eminem movie 8 Mile and in 2004, he and Paul Rosenberg signed a first look deal with Paramount Pictures and MTV Films for their Interscope/Shady/Aftermath banner. Iovine co-produced the first film under the deal, Get Rich or
    6.80
    5 votes
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    9.00
    3 votes
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    John Hughes

    • Films Produced: 101 Dalmatians
    • Films Executive Produced: Pretty in Pink
    John Wilden Hughes, Jr. (February 18, 1950 – August 6, 2009) was an American film director, producer, and screenwriter. He directed and/or scripted some of the most successful films of the 1980s and 1990s, including National Lampoon's Vacation, Ferris Bueller's Day Off, Weird Science, The Breakfast Club, Some Kind of Wonderful, Sixteen Candles, Pretty in Pink, Planes, Trains and Automobiles, Beethoven, Uncle Buck, Career Opportunities, 101 Dalmatians, Home Alone, Home Alone 2: Lost in New York and Home Alone 3. He is known as the king of teen movies as well as helping launch the careers of actors including Michael Keaton, Bill Paxton, Matthew Broderick, John Candy and the up-and-coming actors collectively nicknamed the Brat Pack. Hughes was born in Lansing, Michigan, to a mother who volunteered in charity work and John Hughes, Sr., who worked in sales. He spent the first twelve years of his life in Grosse Pointe, Michigan. Hughes described himself as "kind of quiet" as a kid. In 1963, Hughes's family moved to Northbrook, Illinois, a suburb of Chicago, where Hughes’s father found work selling roofing materials. It was there that Hughes attended Glenbrook North High School, the
    7.75
    4 votes
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    Vlad Paunescu

    • Films Produced: 7 Seconds
    • Films Executive Produced: Forced to Fight
    Vlad Paunescu is a film producer and cinematographer.
    7.75
    4 votes
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    6.60
    5 votes
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    6.60
    5 votes
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    Richard Broke

    • Films Produced: A Foreign Field
    • Films Executive Produced: Dancin' Thru the Dark
    Richard Broke is a film and television producer.
    7.50
    4 votes
    37
    Shohei Imamura

    Shohei Imamura

    • Films Produced: A Man Vanishes
    • Films Executive Produced: Black Rain
    Shōhei Imamura (今村 昌平, Imamura Shōhei, 15 September 1926 – 30 May 2006) was a Japanese film director. Imamura was the first Japanese director to win two Palme d'Or awards. His eldest son Daisuke Tengan is also a script writer and film director, and worked on the screenplays to Imamura's films The Eel (1997), Dr. Akagi (1998), Warm Water Under a Red Bridge (2001) and 11'9''01 September 11 (2002). Though born to a comfortably upper-middle-class doctor's family in Tokyo, Imamura was introduced to another part of post-war Japanese society early in life. For a short time after 1945, when Japan was in a devastated condition following the war, Imamura participated in the thriving black market selling cigarettes and liquor. Reflecting this period of his life, Imamura's interests as a filmmaker were usually focused on the lower strata of Japanese society. He studied Western history at Waseda University, but spent more time participating in theatrical and political activities. He cited a viewing of Akira Kurosawa's Rashomon (羅生門, Rashōmon) in 1950 as an early inspiration, and said he saw it as an indication of the new freedom of expression possible in Japan in the post-war era. Upon
    7.50
    4 votes
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    Tommy Pallotta

    • Films Produced: A Scanner Darkly
    Tommy Pallotta (born May 25, 1968, in Houston, Texas) is an American film director and producer. Pallotta received a degree in Philosophy from the University of Texas at Austin. There, he met Richard Linklater and began his film career as an actor and production assistant on Linklater's directorial debut, Slacker (1991). After working on numerous films and commercials, Pallotta wrote, directed and produced his first film, The High Road (1997). He also produced several of Bob Sabiston's animated projects including: Roadhead (1999), which received the Best Animation award at the Aspen Film Festival; a series of interstitials for MTV; Snack and Drink (1999), a three-minute short about an autistic child in a 7-Eleven store, which is now part of the permanent collection of the New York Museum of Modern Art; and Figures of Speech (2000), a series of interstitials for PBS. He then connected his animation experience with Linklater in Waking Life (2001). Waking Life was the first independently financed and produced computer animated feature. The film was subsequently nominated for three Independent Spirit Awards, including Best Picture. Pallotta also directed the first machinima produced
    7.50
    4 votes
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    Charles Brackett

    • Films Produced: A Foreign Affair
    Charles William Brackett (November 26, 1892 - March 9, 1969) was an American novelist, screenwriter, and film producer. Born on November 26, 1892 in Saratoga Springs, New York, Charles William Brackett was the son of New York State Senator, lawyer, and banker Edgar Truman Brackett. Brackett's American roots traced back to the arrival of Richard Brackett in the Massachusetts Bay Colony in 1629, near present-day Braintree, Massachusetts. His mother was Mary Emma Corliss, whose uncle, George Henry Corliss, built the Centennial Engine that powered the 1876 Centennial Exposition in Philadelphia. Brackett was a 1915 graduate of Williams College, and received his law degree from Harvard University. He joined the Allied Expeditionary Force during World War I, and served as vice-consul in St. Nazaire, France. He was awarded the French Medal of Honor. He was a frequent contributor to the Saturday Evening Post, Collier's, and Vanity Fair, and a drama critic for The New Yorker from 1925 to 1929. Brackett married Elizabeth Barrows Fletcher, a descendant of Stephen Hopkins of the Mayflower, on June 2, 1919, in Indianapolis, Indiana. They had two daughters, Alexandra Corliss Brackett (1920–1968)
    8.67
    3 votes
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    3 votes
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    8.67
    3 votes
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    Omar Veytia

    • Films Produced: 7 mujeres, 1 homosexual y Carlos
    Omar Veytia is a film producer and production manager.
    8.67
    3 votes
    44

    Paisley Park Studios

    • Films Produced: 3 Chains o' Gold
    Paisley Park Studios is a recording facility located in Chanhassen, Minnesota, 20.6 mi (33.1 km) west of Minneapolis-Saint Paul International Airport. Opened in 1987 by Prince, it has state of the art recording studios, a video editing suite, sound stage and band/tour rehearsal space.
    8.67
    3 votes
    45
    Lorne Michaels

    Lorne Michaels

    • Films Produced: ¡Three Amigos!
    • Films Executive Produced: The Women of SNL
    Lorne Michaels, CM (born November 17, 1944) is a Canadian-American television producer, writer, and comedian best known for creating and producing Saturday Night Live and producing the various film and TV projects that spun off from it. Michaels was born in Israel on a kibbutz, and his family soon immigrated to Toronto, Ontario, Canada. He is the son of Florence (née Becker) and Henry Abraham Lipowitz, a furrier. He was the eldest of the Lipowitz children. He has a sister, Barbara Lipowitz, who currently resides in Toronto, and a brother, Mark Lipowitz, who died from a brain tumor. Michaels attended the Forest Hill Collegiate Institute in Toronto and graduated from University College, University of Toronto, where he majored in English, in 1966. Michaels began his career as a writer and broadcaster for CBC Radio. He moved to Los Angeles from Toronto in 1968 to work as a writer for Laugh-In and The Beautiful Phyllis Diller Show. He starred with Hart Pomerantz in The Hart and Lorne Terrific Hour, a Canadian comedy series which ran briefly in the early 1970s. During the late 1960s, Michaels married Rosie Shuster, who later worked with him on Saturday Night Live as a writer. She was the
    10.00
    2 votes
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    6.40
    5 votes
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    6.40
    5 votes
    48

    Edward Small

    • Films Produced: 99 River Street
    Edward Small (born Edward Schmalheiser, February 1, 1891, Brooklyn, New York – January 25, 1977, Los Angeles, California) was a film producer from the late 1920s through 1970. Small, the son of Jewish Austrian-born Philip Schmalheiser and Prussian-born Rose Lewin, began his career as a talent agent in New York City. In 1917, he moved his agency to Los Angeles. Small began producing films in the 1920s, when it became his full-time occupation. In 1932, Small formed Reliance Pictures together with Joseph Schenck and Harry M. Goetz. Small formed Edward Small Productions in 1938. Small produced a number of economically produced films, mostly released through United Artists, including The Count of Monte Cristo (1934), The Man in the Iron Mask (1939), Brewster's Millions (1945) and Davy Crockett, Indian Scout (1950) starring George Montgomery. His most frequent director was Allan Dwan. The years following World War II, the quality of Small's films declined, with some notable exceptions like Raw Deal (1948), but he continued to work until 1970. Though still releasing films through United Artists, Small formed an arrangement with Columbia Pictures where he made eleven films over seven years
    5.50
    6 votes
    49
    7.25
    4 votes
    50

    E. Maurice Adler

    • Films Produced: A Hatful of Rain
    E. Maurice "Buddy" Adler (June 22, 1909 – July 12, 1960) was an American film producer and a former production head for 20th Century Fox studios. Born in New York City, New York, he married in 1940 actress Anita Louise Fremault (1915–1970) with whom he had two children. In 1954, his production of From Here to Eternity won the Academy Award for Best Picture and in 1956, his Love Is a Many-Splendored Thing was nominated for best picture. Adler also produced the 1956 film Bus Stop, starring Marilyn Monroe. He was the recipient of the Irving G. Thalberg Memorial Award in 1957. The following year he received the Golden Globe Cecil B. DeMille Award for lifetime achievement in motion pictures. Buddy Adler died of lung cancer, aged 51, in Los Angeles and was interred in the Forest Lawn Memorial Park Cemetery in Glendale, California. His widow died ten years later.
    8.33
    3 votes
    51
    Roger Corman

    Roger Corman

    • Films Produced: A Bucket of Blood
    • Films Executive Produced: Beyond Therapy
    Roger William Corman (born April 5, 1926) is an Academy Award winning American film producer, director and actor. He has mostly worked on low-budget B movies. Some of Corman's work has an established critical reputation, such as his cycle of films adapted from the tales of Edgar Allan Poe, and in 2009 he won an Honorary Academy Award for his body of work. Corman has occasionally taken minor acting roles in such films as The Silence of the Lambs, The Godfather Part II, Apollo 13, The Manchurian Candidate (2004) and Philadelphia. A documentary about Corman's life and career entitled Corman's World: Exploits of a Hollywood Rebel premiered at Sundance and Cannes Film Festivals in 2011, directed by Alex Stapleton. The film's TV rights were picked up by A&E IndieFilms after a well-received screening at Sundance. Corman has been a mentor to young film directors including Francis Ford Coppola, Martin Scorsese, Ron Howard, Peter Bogdanovich, Jonathan Demme, James Cameron, Curtis Hanson, John Sayles, and many others. He has also helped launch the careers of actors including Jack Nicholson, William Shatner, Peter Fonda, Dennis Hopper, Talia Shire and Robert De Niro. Corman was born in
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    5 votes
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    6.20
    5 votes
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    9.50
    2 votes
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    9.50
    2 votes
    55

    Hal Warren

    • Films Produced: "Manos": The Hands of Fate
    Harold P. Warren (October 23, 1923 – December 26, 1985), better known as Hal Warren, was an insurance and fertilizer salesman who lived in the El Paso, Texas area. He is best remembered for writing, directing and producing the 1966 movie Manos: The Hands of Fate. The film is noted as one of the worst films of all time. Although Warren is often referred to as a fertilizer salesman, he was in fact manager of the American Founder's Life Insurance Co. in El Paso at the time he made Manos: The Hands of Fate. Warren made the film on a bet. He had met Stirling Silliphant, who was in the area scouting locations for a film. Warren bet Silliphant (who would later write the award-winning screenplay for In the Heat of the Night) that he could make a successful horror movie on a limited budget. Warren raised about $19,000. He managed to find an old 16-millimeter Bell & Howell camera to use on the film. Because the camera was spring wound, it could only shoot just over 30 seconds of film at a time. After casting himself in the starring role of Michael, he approached locals to play the other roles, as well as fill crew positions. He did not pay anyone, instead promising people a percentage of the
    9.50
    2 votes
    56

    Claudio Mancini

    • Films Produced: A Fistful of Dynamite
    • Films Executive Produced: A Dangerous Toy
    Claudio Manchini is a film producer.
    6.00
    5 votes
    57

    Adam Bohling

    • Films Produced: A Short Film About John Bolton
    • Films Executive Produced: Rang De Basanti
    Adam Bohling is a film producer.
    8.00
    3 votes
    58
    Alejandro González Iñárritu

    Alejandro González Iñárritu

    • Films Produced: 21 Grams
    • Films Executive Produced: Mother and Child
    Alejandro González Iñárritu (Spanish pronunciation: [aleˈxandɾo ɣonˈsales iˈɲaritu]; born August 15, 1963) is a Mexican film director. González Iñárritu is the first Mexican director to be nominated for the Academy Award for Best Director and by the Directors Guild of America for Best Director. He is also the first Mexican born director to have won the Prix de la mise en scene or best director award at Cannes (2006), the second one being Carlos Reygadas in 2012. His four feature films Amores perros (2000), 21 Grams (2003), Babel (2006) and Biutiful (2010) have gained critical acclaim worldwide including 12 Academy Award nominations. He was born in Mexico City to Hector González Gama and Luz María Iñárritu. He grew up in La Colonia Narvarte, a middle-class neighborhood near downtown Mexico City. His father used to be a rich banker, but when Alejandro was five or six years old, he went bankrupt and lost everything. Alejandro says his father has been his inspiration because he took care of his family "with the virtue of a warrior". His father started a business by himself, buying fruits and vegetables in the Central de Abasto market in order to sell them to restaurants during the day.
    8.00
    3 votes
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    Glenn Close

    Glenn Close

    • Films Produced: Sarah, Plain and Tall
    • Films Executive Produced: Serving in Silence: The Margarethe Cammermeyer Story
    Glenn Close (born March 19, 1947) is an American film, television and stage actress. Throughout her long and varied career, she has been consistently acclaimed for her versatility. Close began her professional stage career in 1974 in 'Love For Love', before moving to film with supporting roles in The World According to Garp (1982), The Big Chill (1983), and The Natural (1984), which all earned her nominations for Academy Award for Best Supporting Actress. She would later receive nominations for the Academy Award for Best Actress for her performances in Fatal Attraction (1987), Dangerous Liaisons (1988), and Albert Nobbs (2011). She has been more recently known for her television roles in The Shield and her Emmy and Golden Globe winning role as Patty Hewes in the FX TV series Damages. Close is a six-time Academy Award nominee, holding the record for being the actress with the most nominations never to have won (along with Deborah Kerr and Thelma Ritter). In addition, her work has earned her three Tonys, an Obie, three Emmys, two Golden Globes, and a Screen Actors Guild Award. She has also been nominated three times for a Grammy Award and once for a BAFTA, amongst others. Close was
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    Irving Thalberg

    Irving Thalberg

    • Films Produced: A Free Soul
    • Films Executive Produced: The Student Prince in Old Heidelberg
    Irving Grant Thalberg (May 30, 1899 – September 14, 1936) was an American film producer during the early years of motion pictures. He was called "The Boy Wonder" for his youth and his extraordinary ability to select the right scripts, choose the right actors, gather the best production staff and make hundreds of very profitable films, including Grand Hotel, China Seas, Camille, Mutiny on the Bounty and The Good Earth. His films carved out a major international market, "projecting a seductive image of American life brimming with vitality and rooted in democracy and personal freedom," states biographer Roland Flamini. He was born in Brooklyn, NY, and as a child was afflicted with a congenital heart disease that he was told would lead to his death before he reached the age of thirty. After graduating high school he took night classes in typing and worked as a store clerk during the day. He then took a job as a secretary at Universal Studios’ New York office, and was later made studio manager for their Los Angeles facility, where he oversaw production of a hundred films during his three years with the company. Among the films he produced were The Hunchback of Notre Dame. He then
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    Alan C. Blomquist

    • Films Produced: Larry the Cable Guy: Health Inspector
    • Films Executive Produced: Chocolat
    Alan C. Blomquist is a film producer.
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    Bette Davis

    Bette Davis

    • Films Produced: A Stolen Life
    Ruth Elizabeth "Bette" Davis (April 5, 1908 – October 6, 1989) was an American actress of film, television and theater. Noted for her willingness to play unsympathetic characters, she was highly regarded for her performances in a range of film genres, from contemporary crime melodramas to historical and period films and occasional comedies, although her greatest successes were her roles in romantic dramas. After appearing in Broadway plays, Davis moved to Hollywood in 1930, but her early films for Universal Studios were unsuccessful. She joined Warner Bros. in 1932 and established her career with several critically acclaimed performances. In 1937, she attempted to free herself from her contract and although she lost a well-publicized legal case, it marked the beginning of the most successful period of her career. Until the late 1940s, she was one of American cinema's most celebrated leading ladies, known for her forceful and intense style. Davis gained a reputation as a perfectionist who could be highly combative, and confrontations with studio executives, film directors and costars were often reported. Her forthright manner, clipped vocal style and ubiquitous cigarette contributed
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    Brian Grazer

    Brian Grazer

    • Films Produced: 8 Mile
    • Films Executive Produced: Cry-Baby
    Brian Thomas Grazer (born July 12, 1951) is an American film and television producer who co-founded Imagine Entertainment in 1986 with Ron Howard. Together, they have produced many films, including Apollo 13 (1995) and A Beautiful Mind (2001). Grazer began his career as a producer developing television projects. While executive-producing TV pilots at Paramount Pictures in the early 1980s, Grazer met current long-time friend and business partner Ron Howard. He produced his first feature-film, Night Shift, in 1982, directed by Howard. Grazer and Howard teamed up again for Splash in 1984, which Grazer produced and co-wrote, the latter earning him an Oscar nomination for Best Original Screenplay of 1984. In 1986, Grazer and Howard co-founded Imagine Entertainment, which continues to be one of Hollywood's most prolific and successful production companies. Over the years, Grazer’s films and TV shows have been nominated for a total of 43 Academy Awards and 131 Emmys. At the same time, his movies have generated more than $13.5 billion in worldwide theatrical, music and video grosses. Grazer’s early film successes include Parenthood (1989) and Backdraft (1991). He produced Apollo 13 (1995),
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    David O. Selznick

    David O. Selznick

    • Films Produced: A Star Is Born
    • Films Executive Produced: Gone to Earth
    David O. Selznick (May 10, 1902 - June 22, 1965) was an American film producer. He is best known for having produced Gone with the Wind (1939) and Rebecca (1940), both of which earned him an Oscar for Best Picture. Born David Selznick to a Jewish family in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, he was the son of silent movie distributor Lewis J. Selznick and Florence A. (Sachs) Selznick. Selznick added the "O" to his name later on a whim. He studied at Columbia University and worked as an apprentice for his father until the elder's bankruptcy in 1923. In 1926, Selznick moved to Hollywood, and with the help of his father's connections, got a job as an assistant story editor at Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer. He left MGM for Paramount Pictures in 1928, where he worked until 1931, when he joined RKO as Head of Production. His years at RKO were fruitful, and he worked on many films, including A Bill of Divorcement (1932), What Price Hollywood? (1932), Rockabye (1932), Our Betters (1933), and King Kong (1933). While at RKO, he also gave George Cukor his directing break. In 1933 he returned to MGM to establish a second prestige production unit, parallel to that of Irving Thalberg, who was in poor health. His
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    Darryl F. Zanuck

    Darryl F. Zanuck

    • Films Produced: 42nd Street
    • Films Executive Produced: The King and I
    Darryl Francis Zanuck (September 5, 1902 – December 22, 1979) was an American producer, writer, actor, director and studio executive who played a major part in the Hollywood studio system as one of its longest survivors (the length of his career being rivaled only by that of Adolph Zukor). He earned three Academy Awards during his tenure. Zanuck was born in Wahoo, Nebraska, the son of Louise (née Torpin) and Frank Zanuck, who owned and operated a hotel in Wahoo. Zanuck was of part Swiss descent and was raised a Protestant. At six, Zanuck and his mother moved to Los Angeles, where the better climate could improve her poor health. At eight, he found his first movie job as an extra, but his disapproving father recalled him to Nebraska. In 1918, despite being sixteen, he deceived a recruiter and joined the United States Army and served in France with the Nebraska National Guard. Returning to the US, he worked in many part-time jobs while seeking work as a writer. He found work producing movie plots, selling his first story in 1922 to William Russell and his second to Irving Thalberg. Screenwriter Frederica Sagor Maas, story editor at Universal Pictures' New York office, stated that one
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    Renny Harlin

    • Films Produced: A Sound of Thunder
    • Films Executive Produced: Mindhunters
    Renny Harlin (born Renny Lauri Mauritz Harjola, 15 March 1959) is a Finnish-American film director and producer. He is best known for A Nightmare on Elm Street 4: The Dream Master (1988), Die Hard 2 (1990), Cliffhanger (1993), The Long Kiss Goodnight (1996) and Deep Blue Sea (1999). His film Cutthroat Island (1995) was listed in the Guinness Book of World Records as the biggest box office flop of all time. Renny Harlin was born in Riihimäki, Finland to a nurse and a physician. His mother often took him to see films at the cinema as a child, particularly those of Alfred Hitchcock, and he became enamored with the movies often citing Sam Peckinpah’s The Wild Bunch (1969) as one of his favourites. Harlin had a video camera from a very early age and made his first short at the age of 12. At the age of 14 he decided to become a film director after he saw Don Siegel and Charles Bronson in Helsinki for the filming of Telefon (1977). In 1980, Harlin was working as a commercial director for companies such as Shell Oil while he wrote and directed the 6-minute short Huostaanotto (a.k.a. Custody International) which received its belated premier on Finnish television on 4 November 1979. The
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    Robert Greenhut

    • Films Produced: A League of Their Own
    • Films Executive Produced: Brooklyn's Finest
    Robert Greenhut (Bob) (born December 18, 1942) is an American film producer. Born in New York City, Greenhut studied music at the University of Miami. He began his film career as a production assistant on Arthur Hiller's 1967 comedy The Tiger Makes Out. During the next seven years, he worked in various production capacities, rising through the ranks to become a production manager, assistant director, and associate producer. Greenhut served in that last capacity on The Front, a 1976 Hollywood blacklist drama starring Woody Allen. It was the first of many collaborations with the writer/director. Greenhut served as the executive producer and production manager of Annie Hall and went on to produce or executive produce every Allen-directed film through the period musical comedy Everyone Says I Love You in 1996. Greenhut also has worked extensively with Mike Nichols on Heartburn (1986), Working Girl (1988), Postcards from the Edge (1990), Regarding Henry (1991), and Wolf (1994). His additional credits include Milos Forman's Hair (1979), Arthur (1981), Martin Scorsese's The King of Comedy (1983), and Penny Marshall's Big (1988), A League of Their Own (1992) and Renaissance Man
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    Spike Lee

    Spike Lee

    • Films Produced: 25th Hour
    • Films Executive Produced: Saint John of Las Vegas
    Shelton Jackson "Spike" Lee (born March 20, 1957) is an American film director, producer, writer, and actor. His production company, 40 Acres & A Mule Filmworks, has produced over 35 films since 1983. Lee's movies have examined race relations, colorism in the black community, the role of media in contemporary life, urban crime and poverty, and other political issues. Lee has won numerous awards, including an Emmy Award. He has also received two Academy Award nominations. Spike Lee was born in Atlanta, Georgia, the son of Jacqueline Carroll (née Shelton), a teacher of arts and black literature, and William James Edward Lee III, a jazz musician and composer. When he was a child, the family moved to Brooklyn, New York. When he was a child, his mother nicknamed him "Spike." In Brooklyn, he attended John Dewey High School. Lee enrolled in Morehouse College, a historically black college, where he made his first student film, Last Hustle in Brooklyn. He took film courses at Clark Atlanta University and graduated with a B.A. in Mass Communication from Morehouse. He did graduate work at New York University's Tisch School of the Arts, where he earned a Master of Fine Arts in Film &
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    Tony Richardson

    • Films Produced: Saturday Night and Sunday Morning
    Cecil Antonio "Tony" Richardson (5 June 1928 – 14 November 1991) was an English theatre and film director and producer. He was married form 1962 to 1967 to Vanessa Redgrave, fathering actresses Natasha and Joely Richardson. He had a five-decade film career. He died from AIDS at 63 in 1991. Richardson was born in Shipley, Yorkshire in 1928, the son of Elsie Evans (Campion) and Clarence Albert Richardson, a chemist. He was Head Boy at Ashville College, Harrogate and attended Wadham College, Oxford, where his contemporaries included Kenneth Tynan, Lindsay Anderson and Gavin Lambert. He had the unprecedented distinction of being elected President of both the Oxford University Dramatic Society and the Experimental Theatre Club (the ETC), in addition to being theatre critic for the university magazine Isis. In 1955, in his directing début, Richardson produced Jean Giraudoux's The Apollo of Bellac for Television with Denholm Elliott and Natasha Parry in the main roles. Around the same time he began to be active in Britain's Free Cinema movement, co-directing the non-fiction short Momma Don't Allow (also 1955) with Karel Reisz. Part of the British "New Wave" of directors, he was involved
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    Vikram Singh

    • Films Produced: 12B
    Vikram Singh is a renowned ghazal and bhajan singer, ghazal and bhajan writer and composer in North India. He has been singing professionally for the last 15 years. His performances have included television, radio and stage shows. Other appearances include "ghazal" nights and reputable cultural programmes at national level. Vikram Singh's journey into the world of music began at an early age. He was educated in music by his brothers. As was customary in his culture, he provided many quality performances of traditional patriotic songs to the many visitors at his ancestral home. He quickly established a reputation for his interpretaions of such songs. Riyaaz is an exercise in singing. As a College student he had maintained the interest in his love of music with regular vocal practice and participation in college programmes. As a University student he benefited greatly from the facilities available to him. Many performances at concerts led to him being invited to perform in the Gujari Festival in front of thousands of people at Hisar by Indian National Trust for Art and Cultural Heritage (INTACH), India This was a milestone of his future career into the world of music. He was selected
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    Alex Garland

    • Films Produced: Dredd
    • Films Executive Produced: Never Let Me Go
    Alexander Medawar "Alex" Garland (born 1970) is a British novelist, screenwriter and film producer. Garland was born in London, England, the son of psychoanalyst Caroline (née Medawar) and political cartoonist Nicholas Garland. His maternal grandparents were zoologist Peter Medawar and author Jean Medawar. Garland attended the independent University College School, in Hampstead, London, and the University of Manchester, where he studied art history. His first novel, The Beach, was published in 1996 and drew on his experiences as a backpacker. The novel quickly became a cult classic and was made into a film by Danny Boyle, starring Leonardo DiCaprio. The Tesseract, Garland's second novel, was published in 1998. This was also made into a film, starring Jonathan Rhys Meyers. In 2002, he wrote the screenplay for Danny Boyle's 28 Days Later, starring Cillian Murphy. His third novel, The Coma, was published in 2004 and was illustrated with woodcuts by his father, Nicholas Garland. In 2005, a script for a film adaptation of Halo was written by Garland (for which he was paid $1,000,000). D. B. Weiss and Josh Olson rewrote during 2006 for a 2008 release, though the film remains in
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    Peter Greene

    • Films Executive Produced: A Cinderella Story
    Peter Greene (born Peter Green; October 8, 1965) is an American character actor. A native of Montclair, New Jersey, Greene did not pursue a career in acting until his mid 20s. He initially landed several roles in cinema and television in the early 1990s. Greene's breakthrough came in 1994–1995 with roles in Pulp Fiction; The Mask; Clean, Shaven; and The Usual Suspects. Greene is possibly best remembered for his role in Pulp Fiction, as Zed who rapes Marsellus Wallace. The Mask saw him play the villainous Dorian Tyrell opposite Jim Carrey and Cameron Diaz. Greene's arguably most accomplished role was that of schizophrenic Peter Winter in Clean, Shaven. The Usual Suspects saw him play the small but memorable character, Redfoot. Greene often plays villains such as in Under Siege 2: Dark Territory, Training Day (as a corrupt narcotics officer) and martial arts/crime film Fist of the Warrior (opposite Ho-Sung Pak, Roger Guenveur Smith and Sherilyn Fenn). He worked with one director, Jordan Alan, twice: once on the film Kiss and Tell, a dark comic turn for the actor and then again 4 years later in The Gentleman Bandit (aka Gentleman B). After Greene's arrests in 1998 for drug related
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    Sidney Luft

    • Films Produced: A Star Is Born
    Sidney Luft (November 2, 1915 – September 15, 2005) was an American show business figure best known as the third husband of iconic American actress and singer Judy Garland. He was born Michael Sidney Luft in New York City, to Jewish immigrants from Russia and Germany. His family moved to more upscale Westchester County, where he grew up. Luft was once an amateur boxer and bar-room brawler and had the nickname "One-Punch Luft." He was a pilot in the Royal Canadian Air Force and in the early 40s was a test pilot for Douglas. He is credited with keeping the brilliant, but tormented and difficult Garland working and with setting up a deal with Warner Brothers to bankroll his wife's comeback film, a 1954 musical remake of A Star Is Born plus future projects. Luft's name is on the film's credits as producer. Although it won an Oscar nomination for Garland, box office receipts proved disappointing. The studio canceled the Luft-Garland contract, which would have starred Judy in two additional Warner films, and given Luft a berth at Warner's as a producer. Luft's first Hollywood assignment was as the secretary/manager of dancer Eleanor Powell. He was married four times: Many, including Judy
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    Steven Spielberg

    Steven Spielberg

    • Films Produced: A.I. Artificial Intelligence
    • Films Executive Produced: *batteries not included
    Steven Allan Spielberg (born December 18, 1946) is an American film director, screenwriter, producer, video game designer, and studio entrepreneur. In a career of more than four decades, Spielberg's films have covered many themes and genres. Spielberg's early science-fiction and adventure films were seen as archetypes of modern Hollywood blockbuster filmmaking. In later years, his films began addressing such issues as the Holocaust, slavery, war and terrorism. He is considered one of the most popular and influential filmmakers in the history of cinema. He is also one of the co-founders of DreamWorks movie studio. Spielberg won the Academy Award for Best Director for Schindler's List (1993) and Saving Private Ryan (1998). Three of Spielberg's films—Jaws (1975), E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial (1982), and Jurassic Park (1993)—achieved box office records, each becoming the highest-grossing film made at the time. To date, the unadjusted gross of all Spielberg-directed films exceeds $8.5 billion worldwide. Forbes puts Spielberg's wealth at $3.0 billion. Spielberg was born in Cincinnati, Ohio, to a Jewish family. His mother, Leah Adler (née Posner, 1920- ), was a restaurateur and concert
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    Jon Peters

    • Films Produced: A Star Is Born
    • Films Executive Produced: Rain Man
    Jon Peters (born John H. Peters; June 2, 1945) is an American movie producer. Peters was born in Van Nuys, California, the son of Helen (née Pagano), a receptionist, and Jack Peters, a cook who owned a Hollywood diner. He is of Cherokee (father) and Italian (mother) descent. His mother's family owned a renowned Rodeo Drive salon in Beverly Hills. Jack Peters suffered a heart attack and died when his son was ten, and Helen's marriage to a construction worker devastated the family. Peters went into the family hair styling business and was successful on Rodeo Drive in Hollywood where he made many industry connections. Peters first gained national prominence when he began dating superstar singer and actress Barbra Streisand after designing the short wig Barbra wore for the 1974 comedy For Pete's Sake. He then produced Streisand's 1974 Butterfly album, from which two songs, "There Won't Be Trumpets/A Quiet Thing" and "God Bless the Child", were later released on her Just For the Record box set - on the liner notes she stated that 'no one at the record company shared my enthusiasm. They thought the songs didn't belong on a contemporary album like Butterfly'. In 1976 he was given a
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    Kathleen Kennedy

    • Films Produced: E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial
    • Films Executive Produced: *batteries not included
    Kathleen Kennedy (born June 5, 1953) is an American film producer. In 1981 she co-founded Amblin Entertainment with her husband, Frank Marshall, and Steven Spielberg. She is known for producing the Jurassic Park films, and E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial. Kennedy is the second-most successful film producer of all time (after Steven Spielberg) in terms of domestic box office receipts with totals at just over $5 billion. Kennedy was born in Berkeley, California, the daughter of Dione Marie "Dede" (née Dousseau), a one-time theater actress, and Donald R. Kennedy, a judge and attorney. Kennedy graduated from Shasta High School in Redding, California, in 1971. She continued her education at San Diego State University where she graduated, majoring in telecommunications and film. In her final year, Kennedy got a job at a local San Diego TV station, KCST, taking on various roles and posts including camera operator, video editor, floor director and finally KCST news production coordinator. After her employment with KCST, she then went on to produce a local talk show, entitled You're On, for the station for four years before moving to Los Angeles. In Los Angeles Kennedy secured her first film
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    Pierre Spengler

    • Films Produced: 7 Seconds
    • Films Executive Produced: Underground
    Pierre Spengler is a French film producer. Among many international hits, he is best known for initiating the first three Superman movies, and producing them with Ilya Salkind. Pierre Spengler started in the movie industry in 1964. After being a producer in the Salkind Organisation from 1972 to 1985, he became an independent producer in 1986. He was also a consultant on the 1984 movie Supergirl. In 2004, he acquired French publishing house Les Humanoïdes Associés in order to develop their properties in movies. A partial list, chronologically:
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    Robert Redford

    Robert Redford

    • Films Produced: A Civil Action
    • Films Executive Produced: The Unforeseen
    Charles Robert Redford, Jr. (born August 18, 1936), better known as Robert Redford, is an American actor, film director, producer, businessman, environmentalist, philanthropist, and founder of the Sundance Film Festival. He has received two Oscars: one in 1981 for directing Ordinary People, and one for Lifetime Achievement in 2002. In 2010 he was awarded French Knighthood in the Legion d'Honneur. At the height of his fame in the 1970s and 1980s, he was often described as one of the world's most attractive men and remains one of the most popular movie stars. Redford was born in Santa Monica, California. His mother, Martha W. (née Hart), was born in Texas, to Archibald Hart and Sallie Pate Green, and his father, Charles Robert Redford, Sr. (November 19, 1914 – April 2, 1991), was a milkman-turned-accountant from Pawtucket, Rhode Island, son of Charles Elijah Redford and Lena Taylor. He has a step-brother, William, from his father's re-marriage. Redford is of English, Irish, Scottish, and Scots-Irish ancestry (his surname originates in England). Redford's family moved to Van Nuys, California while his father worked in El Segundo. He attended Van Nuys High School, where he was
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    Robert Salerno

    • Films Produced: 21 Grams
    Robert Salerno is an American film producer, best known for being a producer of the film 21 Grams with Alejandro González Iñárritu.
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    Tony Adams

    Tony Adams

    • Films Produced: 10
    Anthony Patrick "Tony" Adams (15 February 1953–22 October 2005) was an Irish film and theatrical producer. He produced numerous films for writer/director Blake Edwards, including six Pink Panther films, 10 and Victor/Victoria, the latter for both stage and screen. He was born Anthony Patrick Adams in Derrinturn, Carbury, Co.Kildare, Ireland one of a family of eight, (four boys and four girls). His father had opened one of the first cinemas in rural Ireland in Derrinturn in the 1940s. He attended Derrinturn National school before moving at the age of 12 to Dún Laoghaire County Dublin and attended CBS Eblana there . There, at the age of 16, he was the Chief Reporter and co-founder of the school magazine, ARK. He attended Pepperdine University in Malibu, California. He had four children; Andrew Hopewell, Alister Adams, Molly Adams, born 1992 (mother is actress Debrah Farentino) and Tess Adams (mother is actress Anne Runolfsson). While he originally signed on to become producer of the Spider-Man musical, he died during his time. He was going to the Edge's house, who co-wrote the score, for him to sign various contracts and he suffered a stroke at the Edge's apartment. Adams died at
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    Greg Beeman

    • Films Produced: A Ring of Endless Light
    Greg Beeman (born 1962 in Honolulu, Hawaii) is an American film and television director and producer. He is well known for his work on the television series Smallville, JAG, and Heroes. He is currently working on the TNT apocalyptic/science-fiction series Falling Skies, as executive producer and main director. Beeman started his career in the mid to late 1980s, directing two low budget television films and guest directing for the television show The Wonder Years. Beeman made his theatrical directing debut in 1988 in License to Drive. He would continue his work in the television industry but made a string of comedies during the early 1990s. Beeman would work on numerous television projects during the latter stages of the 1990s, most notably as a recurring director on television series JAG. In 2000 he won a Directors Guild of America award for Outstanding Directorial Achievement in Children's Programs for the television film Miracle in Lane 2. In 2001, Beeman became came on board The WB super-hero series Smallville, as a director and co-executive producer. He later was promoted to executive producer and directed the shows series finale. The following year he was nominated for a
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    Ira Deutchman

    • Films Produced: 54
    • Films Executive Produced: The Center of the World
    Ira Deutchman is a film producer.
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    Arnold Kopelson

    • Films Produced: A Perfect Murder
    • Films Executive Produced: Porky's
    Arnold Kopelson (born in New York City, USA, February 14, 1935) is an American film producer. Among his credits are Platoon, Seven, Outbreak, The Fugitive and The Devil's Advocate. After earning a Doctorate in Jurisprudence from New York Law School, Kopelson practiced entertainment and banking law, specializing in motion picture financing, and for many years acted as counsel to numerous banks and financial institutions serving the motion picture industry. Kopelson later formed Inter-Ocean Film Sales, Ltd. with Anne Feinberg, who would become his wife, to represent independent motion picture producers in licensing their films throughout the world and also to finance motion picture production. The Kopelsons now produce films together. Arnold Kopelson has produced 29 motion pictures. He has been honored with a Best Picture Academy Award, a Golden Globe, and an Independent Spirit Award, all for his production of Platoon. He received a Best Picture Academy Award nomination for his production of The Fugitive. Kopelson's films have been collectively responsible for 17 Academy Award nominations and over $3 billion in worldwide receipts. Kopelson was named Producer of the Year by The
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    Arnon Milchan

    • Films Produced: A Time to Kill
    • Films Executive Produced: Fantastic Mr. Fox
    Arnon Milchan (Hebrew: ארנון מילצ'ן‎; December 6, 1944) is an Israeli Hollywood film producer who has produced over 120 full-length motion pictures. Mr. Milchan is also a former key Israeli intelligence operative from the mid-1960s to the mid-1980s. Milchan's films include The War of the Roses, Once Upon a Time in America, Pretty Woman, Natural Born Killers, Under Siege, The Devil's Advocate, The Fountain, Unfaithful, L.A. Confidential and many others. He is an Israeli citizen, and a resident of Israel. Milchan was born in Rehovot, British Mandate for Palestine in 1944. His father owned a fertilizer company, which Milchan turned into a successful chemical business. He also earned a degree from the London School of Economics, before being recruited to LAKAM, a top secret Israeli intelligence organization responsible for obtaining technology and material for Israel's nuclear program, and other highly secretive programs. Milchan became involved in the American movie business in 1977, after an introduction to American producer Elliot Kastner. Most notable among Milchan's film collaborations was his early work with Martin Scorsese. He developed close friendships with Robert De Niro,
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    Cy Feuer

    • Films Produced: A Chorus Line
    Cy Feuer (January 15, 1911 – May 17, 2006) was an American theatre producer, director, composer, musician, and half of the celebrated, legendary producing duo Feuer and Martin. He was the winner of three competitive Antoinette Perry Awards for Excellence in Theatre and a Lifetime Achievement Tony Award. Born Seymour Arnold Feuerman in Brooklyn, New York,he studied trumpet privately with Max Schlossberg (personal communication...2006), he became a professional trumpeter at the age of fifteen, working at clubs on weekends to help support his family while attending New Utrecht High School. It was there he first met Abe Burrows, who in later years he would hire to write the book for Guys and Dolls. Having no interest in mathematics, science, or sports, he dropped out of school and found work as a trumpeter on a political campaign truck. He later studied at the Juilliard School before joining the orchestras at the Roxy Theater and later Radio City Music Hall. In 1938, he toured the country with Leon Belasco and His Society Orchestra, eventually ending up in Burbank, California. Following a ten-week stint there, the orchestra departed for Minneapolis, but he opted to remain in
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    Shinya Kawai

    • Films Produced: 2LDK
    • Films Executive Produced: Love Exposure
    Shinya Kawai is a film producer.
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    Buzz Feitshans

    • Films Produced: 1941
    • Films Executive Produced: Tombstone
    Buzz Feitshans is a film producer and cinematographer.
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    George Stevens

    • Films Produced: A Place in the Sun
    George Stevens (December 18, 1904 – March 8, 1975) was an American film director, producer, screenwriter and cinematographer. Among his most notable films were Diary of Anne Frank (1959), nominated for Best Director, Giant (1956), winner of Oscar for Best Director, Shane (1953), Oscar nominated, and A Place in the Sun (1951), winner of six Academy Awards including Best Director. He was born in Oakland, California, and his family included his father Landers Stevens and his mother Georgie Cooper, both stage actors. His uncle was drama critic Ashton Stevens. He also had two brothers, Jack and writer Aston Stevens. He learned about the stage from his parents and worked and toured with them, on his way to filmmaking. He broke into the movie business as a cameraman, working on many Laurel and Hardy short films, such as Night Owls (1930). His first feature film was The Cohens and Kellys in Trouble in 1933. In 1934 he got his first directing job, the slapstick Kentucky Kernels. His big break came when he directed Katharine Hepburn in Alice Adams in 1935. He went on in the late 1930s to direct several Ginger Rogers and Fred Astaire movies, not only with the two actors together, but on their
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    Steve Martin

    Steve Martin

    • Films Produced: A Simple Twist of Fate
    • Films Executive Produced: Roxanne
    Stephen Glenn "Steve" Martin (born August 14, 1945) is an American actor, comedian, author, playwright, producer, musician and composer. Martin came to public notice as a writer for the Smothers Brothers Comedy Hour, and later became a frequent guest on The Tonight Show. In the 1970s, Martin performed his offbeat, absurdist comedy routines before packed houses on national tours. In 2004, Comedy Central ranked Martin at sixth place in a list of the 100 greatest stand-up comics. Since the 1980s, having branched away from stand-up comedy, Martin has become a successful actor in both comedic and dramatic roles, as well as an author, playwright, pianist, and banjo player, eventually earning Emmy, Grammy, and American Comedy awards, among other honors. Martin was born in Waco, Texas, on August 14, 1945, the son of Mary Lee (née Stewart) and Glenn Vernon Martin, a real estate salesman and aspiring actor. Martin was raised in Inglewood, California, and then later in Garden Grove, California, in a Baptist family. Martin was a cheerleader of Garden Grove High School. One of his earliest memories is of seeing his father, as an extra, serving drinks onstage at the Call Board Theatre on Melrose
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    Blake Edwards

    • Films Produced: 10
    Blake Edwards (William Blake Crump July 26, 1922 – December 15, 2010) was an American film director, screenwriter and producer. Edwards' career began in the 1940s as an actor, but he soon turned to writing radio scripts at Columbia Pictures. He used his writing skills to begin producing and directing, with some of his most well-known films including Experiment in Terror, The Great Race, and the hugely successful Pink Panther film series with the British comedian Peter Sellers. Often thought of as primarily a director of comedies, he also directed drama films, including Breakfast at Tiffany's and Days of Wine and Roses. His greatest successes, however, were his comedies, and most of his films were either musicals, melodramas, slapstick comedies, or thrillers. In 2004, he received an Honorary Academy Award in recognition of his writing, directing and producing an extraordinary body of work for the screen. Born William Blake Crump in Tulsa, Oklahoma. His grandfather was J. Gordon Edwards, a director of silent movies, and his stepfather, Jack McEdwards, became a film production manager after moving his family to Los Angeles in 1925. In an interview with Village Voice in 1971, he said
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    Steven Zaillian

    Steven Zaillian

    • Films Produced: All the King's Men
    • Films Executive Produced: Welcome to the Rileys
    Steven Ernest Bernard Zaillian (born January 30, 1953) is an American screenwriter, director, editor, producer, and founder of Film Rites, a film production company. He won an Academy Award for his screenplay for Schindler's List and he has been nominated for Awakenings, Gangs of New York and Moneyball. The Times called him "the most artful and subtle screenwriter Hollywood has had since Robert Towne." He was also presented with the Distinguished Screenwriter Award at the 2009 Austin Film Festival. Zaillian was born in Fresno, California, the son of Jim Zaillian, a radio news reporter. He attended Sonoma State University, graduated from San Francisco State University and lives in Los Angeles. He is of Armenian descent.
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    Gary Hamilton

    • Films Produced: Wolf Creek
    • Films Executive Produced: The Bank Job
    Gary Hamilton is a film producer.
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    Lawrence Gordon

    • Films Produced: 48 Hrs.
    • Films Executive Produced: Boogie Nights
    Lawrence Gordon (born March 25, 1936 in Yazoo City, Mississippi) is an American producer and motion picture executive. He specializes in producing action-oriented films. Some of his most popular productions include Predator (1987), Die Hard (1988) and Lara Croft: Tomb Raider (2001). Gordon grew up in Belzoni, Mississippi. He graduated from Tulane University, New Orleans, Louisiana. He has enjoyed a long career in film. After moving to Los Angeles he began his career working for Aaron Spelling. He quickly moved up the ranks and began co-producing for Spelling and in the early 1980s created the TV series Matt Houston. He served as President of 20th Century Fox from 1984 to 1986. He subsequently formed Largo Entertainment with his brother and producer Charles Gordon, which was backed by the Japanese company JVC. This was revolutionary as it was the first time a Japanese company had seriously invested in a film enterprise. In 1989, he produced Field of Dreams, which received an Academy Award nomination for Best Picture. Under the Largo Entertainment banner, Gordon produced Point Break, G.I. Jane, Mulholland Falls, and 23 other films. Gordon also had an independent production deal with
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    Al Parker

    • Films Produced: A Few Good Men
    Al Parker (born Andrew "Drew" Okun 25 June 1952, Natick, Massachusetts - died 17 August 1992, San Francisco, California) was a gay American pornographic actor (porn star), producer, and director. He died from complications of AIDS at the age of 40. After arriving in California, Parker was employed by Hugh Hefner at the Playboy Mansion West as a butler. Parker's career in gay film started when he was "discovered" by Rip Colt, founder of Colt Studios. It was Colt who gave him the name "Al Parker" Parker began his film making career when he was signed by Brentwood Studios. He made 12-15 minute loop films shot on 8 mm film reels. He has the distinction of appearing as one of the crowd on the original Woodstock movie poster. Parker was a producer, director and actor. Surge Studios started making larger budget "theme" features and not just the "film loops." Many of the films were shot out of Parker's home in Hermosa Beach, California. Surge Studios was one of the first studios to mandate safe sex practices when AIDS appeared. Parker is the subject of Roger Edmonson's biography Clone: The Life and Legacy of Al Parker Gay Superstar. Parker's remains were cremated and a memorial service was
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    Baltasar Kormákur

    Baltasar Kormákur

    • Films Produced: A Little Trip to Heaven
    Baltasar Kormákur Baltasarsson (born 27 February 1966) is an Icelandic actor, theater and film director, and film producer. He is known professionally as Baltasar Kormákur. He is best known for directing the films 101 Reykjavík, Hafið, A Little Trip to Heaven (starring Julia Stiles and Forest Whitaker), and a film based on the book Mýrin (Jar City) by Arnaldur Indriðason. His father is the Spanish painter Baltasar Samper. For his film Mýrin, he won the Crystal Globe award at the Karlovy Vary International Film Festival in 2007. His 2012 film The Deep was selected as the Icelandic entry for the Best Foreign Language Oscar at the 85th Academy Awards.
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    Joel Schumacher

    Joel Schumacher

    • Films Produced: 8mm
    Joel T. Schumacher (born August 29, 1939) is an American film director, screenwriter, and producer. Schumacher was born in New York City, the son of Marian (née Kantor) and Francis Schumacher. His mother was a Swedish Jew, and his father was a Baptist from Knoxville, Tennessee, who died when Joel was four years old. Schumacher studied at Parsons The New School for Design and The Fashion Institute of Technology in New York. After first working in the fashion industry, he realized his true love was in filmmaking. He moved out to Los Angeles, where he began his media work as a costume designer in films such as Sleeper and developed his skills with television work while earning an MFA from UCLA. He wrote the screenplay for the 1976 low-budget hit movie Car Wash and a number of other minor successes. He also wrote 1978's The Wiz, an adaptation of the stage play of the same name. His film directorial debut was The Incredible Shrinking Woman in 1981, which starred Lily Tomlin, and he quickly made more successful films, including two "brat pack" works. St. Elmo's Fire and The Lost Boys, considered to be archetypal movies of the 1980s, were two of Schumacher's biggest hits. Their style
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    Michael Hoffman

    • Films Produced: A Midsummer Night's Dream
    Michael Lynn Hoffman (born November 30, 1956) is an American film director. Hoffman was born in Hawaii and grew up in Payette, Idaho, played basketball, and attended college at Boise State University. There he was elected as student body president of BSU. He was a cofounder of the Idaho Shakespeare Festival (along with Doug Copsey and Victoria Holloway) which is celebrating its 30 year anniversary this year. While at BSU, he served as president of the student body and earned the high honor of Rhodes Scholar, the first BSU alumnus to achieve this honor. While studying at Oriel College, Oxford, he extended his interest in drama by founding the Oxford University Film Foundation, (OUFF), and by making a student film Privileged, which starred a young Hugh Grant. Befriended by John Schlesinger, who provided the funding, Michael's next film was Restless Natives, a humorous look at young Scottish boys who hold up tour buses. His other credits include Some Girls, a film starring the young Patrick Dempsey (Derek Shepherd on Grey's Anatomy), Restoration with Robert Downey, Jr., One Fine Day with Michelle Pfeiffer and George Clooney, Soapdish with Sally Field and Kevin Kline, A Midsummer
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    Joel Silver

    Joel Silver

    • Films Produced: 48 Hrs.
    • Films Executive Produced: Transit
    Joel Silver (born July 14, 1952) is an American film producer, known for action films like Lethal Weapon. He is owner of Silver Pictures and co-founder of Dark Castle Entertainment. Silver grew up in South Orange, New Jersey, the son of a writer and a public relations executive. He attended Columbia High School in Maplewood, New Jersey, where he is credited with inventing the sport of Ultimate (then known as "Ultimate Frisbee"). In 1970, he entered Lafayette College, where he formed the first collegiate Ultimate team. He finished his undergraduate studies at the New York University's Tisch School of the Arts. Silver began his career at Lawrence Gordon Productions, where he eventually became president of motion pictures for the company. He earned his first screen credit as the associate producer on The Warriors and, with Gordon, produced 48 Hrs., Streets of Fire and Brewster's Millions. In 1985, he formed Silver Pictures and produced successful action films such as Commando (1985), the Lethal Weapon franchise, the first two films of the Die Hard and The Matrix franchise of action films. Silver appears on-screen at the beginning of Who Framed Roger Rabbit as Raoul J. Raoul, the
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    Michael P. Flannigan

    • Films Produced: Mad Money
    • Films Executive Produced: Home of the Brave
    Michael P. Flannigan is an actor and a film producer.
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    Reginald Rose

    • Films Produced: 12 Angry Men
    Reginald Rose (December 10, 1920 – April 19, 2002) was an American film and television writer most widely known for his work in the early years of television drama. Rose's work is marked by its treatment of controversial social and political issues. His realistic approach helped create the slice of life school of television drama, which was particularly influential in the anthology programs of the 1950s. Born in Manhattan, Rose attended Townsend High School and briefly attended City College (now part of the City University of New York) before serving in the U.S. Army in 1942-46, where he became a first lieutenant. Rose was married twice, to Barbara Langbart in 1943, with whom he had four children, and to Ellen McLaughlin in 1963, with whom he had two children. He died in 2002 from complications of heart failure. He sold his first teleplay, Bus to Nowhere, in 1950 to the live CBS dramatic anthology program Studio One, for which he wrote Twelve Angry Men four years later. This latter drama, set entirely in a room where a jury is deliberating the fate of a teenage boy accused of murder, was inspired by Rose's service on just such a trial.The play was later made into a black-and-white
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    Rob Reiner

    Rob Reiner

    • Films Produced: Alex & Emma
    Robert Reiner (born March 6, 1947) is an American actor, director, and producer. As an actor, Reiner first came to national prominence as Michael "Meathead" Stivic, son-in-law of Archie and Edith Bunker (played by Carroll O'Connor and Jean Stapleton), on All in the Family. That role earned him two Emmy Awards during the 1970s. As a director, Reiner was recognized by the Directors Guild of America (DGA) with nominations for Stand by Me, When Harry Met Sally..., and A Few Good Men. He also directed Misery. He studied at the UCLA Film School. Reiner was born to a Jewish family in The Bronx, New York, and is the son of Estelle Reiner (née Lebost), an actress, and Carl Reiner, a comedian, actor, writer, producer, and director. As a child, Reiner lived in New Rochelle, New York, where his family lived at 48 Bonnie Meadow Road. This is similar to 148 Bonnie Meadow Road, the fictional address of the Petries on The Dick Van Dyke Show, the 1960s CBS sitcom created by his father. Also, his latest film Flipped takes place at the corner of Bonnie Meadow Lane and Renfrew Street. At the age of 13, Rob moved with his family to the Los Angeles area, where he attended Beverly Hills High School with
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    Timur Bekmambetov

    Timur Bekmambetov

    • Films Produced: 9
    • Films Executive Produced: Lucky Trouble
    Timur Nurbakhitovich Bekmambetov (Kazakh: Темір Нұрбақытұлы Бекмәмбет, Temir Nurbaqıtulı Bekmämbet; Russian: Тимур Нурбахитович Бекмамбетов, Timur Nurbakhitovich Bekmambetov; born 25 June 1961) is a Russian director, producer and screenwriter who has worked on films and commercials. He is best known for the Russian film Night Watch (2004) and its sequel Day Watch (2006), and the American films Wanted (2008) and Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter (2012). Bekmambetov was born on June 25, 1961 in the city of Guryev, Kazakh SSR, Soviet Union (in what is now Kazakhstan). At the age of 19, he moved to Tashkent, Uzbek SSR to study at the A. N. Ostrovsky Theatrical and Artistic Institute, from which he graduated in 1987 with a degree in theater and cinema set design. It was during this period that Bekmambetov served in the Soviet Army, the experience which inspired him to write Peshavar Waltz (see below). Between 1992 and 1997, Bekmambetov was one of the directors of Bank Imperial's popular World History commercials. In 1994 he founded Bazelevs Group, an advertising and film production, distribution and marketing company. Bekmambetov's first feature, Peshavar Waltz (1994) was a violent and
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    Bert Schneider

    Bert Schneider

    • Films Produced: A Safe Place
    • Films Executive Produced: Tracks
    Berton "Bert" Schneider (May 5, 1933 – December 12, 2011) was an American film and television producer. He was responsible for several important and topical films of the late 1960s and early 1970s, including the road film Easy Rider (1969), directed by Dennis Hopper He was born Berton Schneider New York City, New York, the son of one-time Columbia Pictures president Abraham Schneider. The younger Schneider tended toward the rebellious politics of the day. Briefly a student at Cornell University, located in Ithaca, New York, he was expelled. His brother, Harold Schneider, would become a film producer as well. In the early 1960s, he worked for Screen Gems, Columbia's television division. In 1965, Schneider formed a partnership with the film director Bob Rafelson, creating Raybert Productions. The duo brought to television The Monkees (1966–1968), a situation comedy about a fictional rock band (who became a real group, The Monkees, to meet public demand, and their own aspirations). The success of The Monkees allowed Schneider and Rafelson to break into feature films, first with the counterculture film Head (1968), starring The Monkees, directed by Rafelson and featuring a screenplay
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    Bob Clark

    • Films Produced: A Christmas Story
    • Films Executive Produced: Black Christmas
    Benjamin "Bob" Clark (August 5, 1939 – April 4, 2007) was an American actor, director, screenwriter and producer best known for directing and writing the script with Jean Shepherd to the 1983 Christmas film A Christmas Story. Although he worked primarily in the United States, from 1973 to 1983 he worked in Canada and was responsible for some of most successful films in Canadian history such as Black Christmas (1974), Murder by Decree (1979), Tribute (1980), and Porky's (1982). Clark was born in New Orleans, but grew up in Birmingham, Alabama and later moved to Fort Lauderdale, Florida. He grew up poor, as his father died during his childhood and his mother was a barmaid. After attending Catawba College majoring in philosophy, Clark won a football scholarship to Hillsdale College in Michigan, where he played quarterback. Eventually he studied theater at the University of Miami, turning down offers to play professional football. He did briefly play semi-pro for the Fort Lauderdale Black Knights. Though best known for his involvement with these familiar titles, Clark's career actually began squarely in the horror genre, in the early 1970s. His first film of this ilk, Children
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    Curtis Hanson

    Curtis Hanson

    • Films Produced: 8 Mile
    Curtis Lee Hanson (born March 24, 1945) is an American film director, film producer and screenwriter. His directing work includes The Hand That Rocks the Cradle (1992), L.A. Confidential (1997), Wonder Boys (2000), 8 Mile (2002), and In Her Shoes (2005). Hanson was born in Reno, Nevada and grew up in Los Angeles, the son of Beverly June, a real estate agent, and Wilbur Hale "Bill" Hanson, a teacher. Hanson dropped out of high school, finding work as a freelance photographer and editor for Cinema magazine. In 1970, Hanson co-wrote The Dunwich Horror, an adaptation of H.P. Lovecraft's short story. Hanson wrote and directed his next feature Sweet Kill in 1973, then in 1978 wrote and produced The Silent Partner, starring Elliott Gould and Christopher Plummer. As the 1980s and 1990s began, he directed a string of comedies and dramas. He did thrillers, too: many of them would deal with people who would lose a sense of control or security when facing danger and the threat of death. Some, like the financial executive in Bad Influence and the police officers in L.A. Confidential unexpectedly walk into violence and disaster. In the 1990s Hanson found box-office success with The Hand That
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    Keith Addis

    • Films Produced: 15 Minutes
    • Films Executive Produced: Homecoming
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    Pandro S. Berman

    • Films Produced: A Damsel in Distress
    • Films Executive Produced: One Man's Journey
    Pandro Samuel Berman (March 28, 1905 – July 13, 1996) was an American film producer. Pandro Berman was born in Pittsburgh in 1905. His father Henry Berman was general manager of Universal Pictures during Hollywood's formative years. Pandro was an assistant director during the 1920s under Mal St. Clair and Ralph Ince. In 1930, Berman was hired as a film editor at RKO Radio Pictures, then became an assistant producer. When RKO supervising producer William LeBaron walked out during production of the ill-fated The Gay Diplomat (1931), Berman took over LeBaron's responsibilities, remaining in the post until 1939. He managed to survive David O. Selznick's general firing of most of the staff. The Fred Astaire/Ginger Rogers musicals were in production during the Berman regime, Katharine Hepburn rose to prominence, and such RKO classics as The Hunchback of Notre Dame and Gunga Din (both 1939) were completed. Berman was willing to give creative people plenty of elbow room, but there were limits; having been coaxed by Hepburn and director George Cukor to push through production of the 1936 film Sylvia Scarlett, Berman reportedly reacted to the poor audience response to that film (the worst in
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    Robert De Niro

    Robert De Niro

    • Films Produced: A Bronx Tale
    • Films Executive Produced: 20% Fiction
    Robert De Niro (/dəˈnɪroʊ/; born August 17, 1943) is an American actor, director and producer. His first major film roles were in Bang the Drum Slowly and Mean Streets, both in 1973. In 1974, he played the young Vito Corleone in The Godfather Part II, a role that won him the Academy Award for Best Supporting Actor. His critically acclaimed, longtime collaborations with Martin Scorsese began with 1973's Mean Streets, and earned De Niro an Academy Award for Best Actor for his portrayal of Jake LaMotta in the 1980 film Raging Bull. He was also nominated for an Academy Award for his roles in Scorsese's Taxi Driver (1976) and Cape Fear (1991). In addition, he received nominations for his acting in Michael Cimino's The Deer Hunter (1978) and Penny Marshall's Awakenings (1990). Also in 1990, his portrayal as Jimmy Conway in Martin Scorsese's Goodfellas earned him a BAFTA nomination. He has earned four nominations for the Golden Globe Award for Best Actor – Motion Picture Musical or Comedy: New York, New York (1977), Midnight Run (1988), Analyze This (1999) and Meet the Parents (2000). De Niro directed A Bronx Tale (1993) and The Good Shepherd (2006). He has received accolades for his
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    Shashi Kapoor

    Shashi Kapoor

    • Films Produced: 36 Chowringee Lane
    Shashi Kapoor (Hindi: शशि कपूर), born Balbir Raj Prithviraj Kapoor on 18 March 1938 in Calcutta (now Kolkata), is an award-winning Indian film actor and film producer. He has also been a film director and assistant director in the Hindi film industry. He is a member of the Kapoor family, a film dynasty in India's Bollywood cinema. He is the younger brother of Raj Kapoor and Shammi Kapoor, the son of Prithviraj Kapoor, the widower of Jennifer Kendal, and the father of Karan Kapoor, Kunal Kapoor, and Sanjana Kapoor. He has appeared in a large number of Hindi films as well as in a few English-language films. In 2011, he was honoured with the Padma Bhushan by the Government of India. Shashi Kapoor started acting in films as a child in the early 1940s appearing in several mythological films and commercial films including Meena (1944), Tadbir, and Bachpan (1945) under the name of Shashiraj. His best known performances as child artist were in Aag (1948) and Awaara (1951) where he played the younger version of the characters played by his older brother Raj Kapoor. From the age of four, Shashi had started acting in plays directed and produced by his father Prithviraj Kapoor, while
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    Stanley Kubrick

    Stanley Kubrick

    • Films Produced: 2001: A Space Odyssey
    Stanley Kubrick (/ˈkuːbrɪk/; July 26, 1928 – March 7, 1999) was an American film director, screenwriter, producer, cinematographer and editor. He is regarded as one of the greatest filmmakers of all time. His films, typically adaptations of novels or short stories, were noted for their "dazzling" and unique cinematography, attention to details to achieve realism and an inspired use of music scores. Kubrick's films covered a variety of genres, including war, crime, romantic and black comedies, horror, epic and science fiction. Kubrick was also noted for being a perfectionist, using painstaking care with scene staging and working closely with his actors. Starting out as a photographer in New York City, he taught himself all aspects of film production and directing after graduating from high school. His earliest films were made on a shoestring budget, followed by one Hollywood blockbuster, Spartacus, after which he spent most of the rest of his career living and filming in the United Kingdom. His home became his workplace where he did his writing, research, editing and management of production details. This allowed him to have almost complete artistic control, but with the rare
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    Steve Golin

    • Films Produced: 50 First Dates
    • Films Executive Produced: Girl Most Likely
    Steve Golin (born March 6, 1955) is the founder and CEO of Anonymous Content LLP, a multimedia development, production and talent management company and co-founder and former CEO of Propaganda Films. Golin and partner Joni Sighvatsson launched Propaganda Films, a talent management and advertising and video-production company, in 1986. They built Propaganda into the largest music video and commercial production company in the world, winning more MTV Video Awards and Cannes Palme d'Or Awards than any other company and quickly became a home for the most sought-after young music video and commercial directors. One of its first discoveries was David Fincher, then an unknown video director. Not long afterward, a young filmmaker showed up with a reel containing a Donny Osmond video and a spec Coke commercial. Golin watched the clips and told Michael Bay, "Nice to meet you. You're hired." After seeing a couple of skateboard videos he liked, Golin brought Spike Jonze into the fold. Other discoveries included Antoine Fuqua, Gore Verbinski, and Alex Proyas. Golin and Sighvatsson sold the company to Polygram. But when Polygram was sold to Seagram in 1998, Golin lost control of the company and
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    Subhash Ghai

    Subhash Ghai

    • Films Produced: 36 China Town
    • Films Executive Produced: Shaadi Se Pehle
    Subhash Ghai (born 24 January 1945 in Nagpur, India) is an Indian film director, producer and screenwriter. His most notable films include Kalicharan (1976), Karz (1980), Hero (1983), Meri Jung (1985), Karma (1986), Ram Lakhan (1989), Saudagar (1991), Khalnayak (1993), Pardes (1997) and Taal (1999). He launched Mukta Arts, a film production company in 1982, and is known as the "showman" of Hindi cinema, for making epic films that portray grandeur and very rich themes. Subhash Ghai belongs to a Punjabi Khukhrain family. Born to a dentist father who practised in Delhi, Subhash did his higher secondary in Delhi and thereafter graduated in Commerce from Rohtak, Haryana. Next he moved to Pune, Maharashtra to join the Film and Television Institute of India, Law College Road (FTII). After attaining a diploma, he started working in the Indian film industry in 1970. He started his career in Hindi cinema as an actor with small roles in six films, like Taqdeer (1967) and Aradhana (1971). He was the male lead in the 1970s Umang, which did not do well at the box office, and Gumraah (1976) with Reena Roy and Danny. His directorial debut was the film Kalicharan (1976) which he obtained through a
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    Tim Burton

    Tim Burton

    • Films Produced: Batman Forever
    Timothy Walter "Tim" Burton (born August 25, 1958) is an American film director, film producer, writer and artist. He is famous for his dark, quirky-themed movies such as Beetlejuice, Edward Scissorhands, The Nightmare Before Christmas, Ed Wood, Sleepy Hollow, Corpse Bride, Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street, 9 and Dark Shadows, and for blockbusters such as Pee-wee's Big Adventure, Batman, Batman Returns, Planet of the Apes, Charlie and the Chocolate Factory and Alice in Wonderland, which was the second highest-grossing film of 2010, and the twelfth highest-grossing film of all time. Burton is known for using recurring collaborators on his works; among them are Johnny Depp, who has become a close friend of Burton since their first film together; musician Danny Elfman, who has composed scores for all but five of the films Burton has directed and/or produced; and domestic partner Helena Bonham Carter. He also wrote and illustrated the poetry book The Melancholy Death of Oyster Boy & Other Stories, published in 1997, and a compilation of his drawings, sketches and other artwork, entitled The Art of Tim Burton, was released in 2009. Burton has directed 16 films and produced
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    Patrick J. Palmer

    • Films Produced: ...And Justice for All
    • Films Executive Produced: Hellboy
    Patrick J. Palmer is a film producer.
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    Carol Reed

    • Films Produced: Odd Man Out
    Sir Carol Reed (30 December 1906 – 25 April 1976) was an English film director best known for Odd Man Out (1947), The Fallen Idol (1948), The Third Man (1949) and Oliver! (1968). He won the Palme d'Or for The Third Man and the 1968 Academy Award for Best Director for Oliver! The son of actor-producer Sir Herbert Beerbohm Tree and his mistress, May Pinney Reed, Carol Reed was born in Putney, and educated at The King's School, Canterbury, an independent school. Reed served in the British Army during the Second World War, giving him many experiences which appeared in his later films. He embarked on an acting career while still in his teens, but soon went into the role of producer/director. He worked as an Assistant Director with Basil Dean on the films Autumn Crocus, Lorna Doone and Loyalties and with Thorold Dickinson on Java Head. As director he was responsible for The Stars Look Down (1939), Kipps (1941), Odd Man Out (1947), The Fallen Idol (1948), Outcast of the Islands (1952), Our Man in Havana (1959), and The Agony and the Ecstasy (1965). The Fallen Idol, The Third Man, and Our Man in Havana are based on the work of Graham Greene. From 1943 until 1947, he was married to the
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    René Dupont

    • Films Produced: A Christmas Story
    • Films Executive Produced: Loose Cannons
    René Dupont is a film producer.
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    Ron Howard

    Ron Howard

    • Films Produced: A Beautiful Mind
    • Films Executive Produced: The 'Burbs
    Ronald William "Ron" Howard (born March 1, 1954) is an American film director, producer and former child actor. He came to prominence playing Opie Taylor in the sitcom The Andy Griffith Show for eight years, and later the teenaged Richie Cunningham in the sitcom Happy Days for six years. He appeared in the films The Music Man in 1962, American Graffiti in 1973 and The Shootist in 1976, the latter during his run on Happy Days. Howard made his directorial debut with the 1977 comedy Grand Theft Auto, and left Happy Days in 1980 to focus on directing. His films include the Academy Award-winning Cocoon, Apollo 13, How the Grinch Stole Christmas and A Beautiful Mind. In 2003, he was awarded the National Medal of Arts. Asteroid 12561 Howard is named after him. Howard was born in Duncan, Oklahoma, the son of Jean Speegle Howard, an actress, and Rance Howard, a director, writer and actor. His father was born with the surname "Beckenholdt", and had taken the stage name "Howard" by 1948, for his acting career. Rance Howard was serving three years in the United States Air Force at the time of Ron's birth. The family moved to Hollywood in 1958, the year before the birth of his younger brother,
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    William Perlberg

    • Films Produced: 36 Hours
    • Films Executive Produced: No Time to Marry
    William Perlberg (October 22, 1900, Łódź, Poland - October 31, 1968, Los Angeles, California) was an American film producer. William Perlberg was born Wolf Perelberg, son of Israel Jakob Perelberg (later: Perlberg), a fur manufacturer, and Tajbe Markus. Seven months after his father, he came to the U.S.A. on May 17, 1905, with his mother and three siblings. Before turning to film production in 1935, he first worked as fur trader for his father, since the late 1920s as an agent for William Morris, later as a talent agent and personal assistant to Harry Cohn. During his 30-year career, Perlberg produced many box office hits for some of Hollywood's biggest studios. He worked in association with George Seaton on such films as The Song of Bernadette (1943), Miracle on 34th Street (1947), The Shocking Miss Pilgrim (1947), Chicken Every Sunday (1949) and The Country Girl (1954). He married Josephine Brock a.k.a. Bobbe Brox, singer with the Brox Sisters, in 1928 and had a son, William Brock Perlberg (1933-2009).
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    Dale Pollock

    • Films Produced: A Midnight Clear
    Dale M. Pollock (born 1950) is an American film producer, writer and film professor. A journalist whose works have been published in a number of magazines and newspapers, Pollock is also the author of a biography of George Lucas. Pollock has produced thirteen feature films, one of which (Blaze) received an Academy Award nomination for Cinematography. As of 2010, he is a professor of Cinema Studies at the University of North Carolina School of the Arts. A native of Cleveland, Ohio, Pollock obtained a B.A. in Anthropology from Brandeis University and an M.S. in Communications from San Jose State University. Pollock is married to violist and fiddle player Susie O’Keeffe Pollock. His children are Owen Pollock, Leo "Milton" Pollock and Zoe Pollock. An excerpt of Pollock's Master of Science thesis, "The Use of Media in a Political Campaign," was published in 1975 in Daily Variety's 42nd Anniversary Issue. Pollock's entry into journalism was as entertainment editor at the Santa Cruz Sentinel in Santa Cruz, CA. Subsequently, he joined the staff of Daily Variety in Los Angeles becoming Film Critic and Box Office Analyst, before moving to the Los Angeles Times where he became Chief Film
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    Jean-Jacques Beineix

    Jean-Jacques Beineix

    • Films Produced: Betty Blue
    • Films Executive Produced: Hellville
    Jean-Jacques Beineix (born October 8, 1946) is a French film director. In 1964, Jean-Jacques Beineix started his career as Jean Becker's assistant director on the famous French TV series, Les saintes chéries until the end of 1967. Then, in 1970 he worked for Claude Berri and in 1971 for Claude Zidi. In 1977, he directed his first short movie Le Chien de M. Michel which won the first prize at the Trouville Festival. In 1980, he directed his first feature film Diva which received four César Award in 1982 followed by Moon in the Gutter. This movie was nominated at Cannes Festival in 1983. In 1986, Jean-Jacques Beineix directed Betty Blue (37°2 le matin) with Béatrice Dalle and Jean-Hugues Anglade. This film was nominated for the best foreign movie Oscar. He directed Roselyne et les lions in 1989, IP5: L'île aux pachydermes in 1992 and Mortel Transfert in 2001. Beineix is generally seen as the best example of what came to be known as the cinéma du look. The critic Ginette Vincendeau defined the films made by Beineix and others as "youth-oriented films with high production values...The look of the cinéma du look refers to the films' high investment in non-naturalistic, self-conscious
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    Martyn Auty

    • Films Produced: A Foreign Field
    Martyn Auty (born July 1951 in Yorkshire) is a British film and television producer. He attended the University of Hull and graduated in 1972. He began his career as a film critic for Time Out and the Monthly Film Bulletin. Auty is most famous for his series producing, having worked on Heartbeat and A Touch of Frost during the 1990s, however, he has also worked on a variety of other styles of programme. These include Lenny Live and Unleashed, Soul Survivors and A Gentleman's Relish. The latter, which starred Billy Connolly, was made for the BBC in 2001. Auty returned to shooting a new series of A Touch of Frost in 2009. Auty has also ventured into making motion pictures, having produced A Foreign Field (1993) and Heidi (2005) and most recently Ways to Live Forever (2010). He now lives in West London.
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    Orly Adelson

    • Films Produced: 3: The Dale Earnhardt Story
    • Films Executive Produced: The Bling Ring
    Orly Adelson is a film producer.
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    Christopher Browne

    • Films Produced: A League of Ordinary Gentlemen
    Christopher Browne is a documentary film maker/director in the USA. He is noted for directing the ten-pin bowling sports documentary A League of Ordinary Gentlemen. Browne is a graduate of the University of Pennsylvania. After graduating Browne's film career began in New York City as a production assistant on television commercials. He then took a job on a documentary called The Paris Review: Early Years, produced by the Checkerboard Film Foundation. The movie, which chronicled George Plimpton's early years at the Paris Review, offered the opportunity to work alongside legendary documentarian Albert Maysles. Working with Mr. Maysles spurred Chris' interest in documentary film and he stayed at the Checkerboard Film Foundation for another year where he supervised the post-production of The Paris Review: Early Years, and helped produce Ralph Gibson: Photographer. A League of Ordinary Gentlemen was his first feature film, having emerged from the misadventures of following the PBA tour with cameras for twenty weeks. The movie premiered at the 2004 South by Southwest Film Festival where it won the Audience Choice award. A League of Ordinary Gentlemen has also played at the Tribeca Film
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    Danny DeVito

    Danny DeVito

    • Films Produced: 8 Seconds
    • Films Executive Produced: Pulp Fiction
    Daniel Michael "Danny" DeVito, Jr. (born November 17, 1944) is an American actor, comedian, director and producer. He first gained prominence for his portrayal of short statured dispatcher Louie De Palma on the ABC and NBC television series Taxi (1978–1983), for which he won a Golden Globe and an Emmy. DeVito and his wife, Rhea Perlman, founded Jersey Films, a production company known for films such as Pulp Fiction, Garden State, and Freedom Writers. DeVito also owns Jersey Television, which produced the Comedy Central series Reno 911!. DeVito and Perlman also starred together in his 1996 film Matilda, based on Roald Dahl's children's novel. He currently stars as Frank Reynolds on the FX sitcom It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia. He also directs and produces graphic short horror films for his Internet venture "The Blood Factory." He has appeared in several of them, as have friends of his and members of his family. DeVito was born in Neptune, New Jersey, the son of Julia, a homemaker, and Daniel Michael DeVito, Sr., who owned several small businesses, including a dry cleaning store, a dairy outlet, a luncheonette, and a pool hall. Devito grew up in a family of five, with his parents
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    Jane Rosenthal

    Jane Rosenthal

    • Films Produced: A Bronx Tale
    • Films Executive Produced: The Education of Dee Dee Ricks
    Jane Rosenthal (born 21 September 1956) is an American film producer. Rosenthal was born in Denver, Colorado and raised in Providence, Rhode Island; she attended both Brown and New York University. Early in her career she helped to develop and produce more than 70 movies for television while working at CBS in Los Angeles, California. In 1989, Rosenthal co-founded the Tribeca Productions film studio in the lower Manhattan neighborhood of TriBeCa with actor Robert De Niro. Rosenthal and De Niro co-produced the dramatic television anthology series TriBeCa in 1993 and, in 2002, co-organized the first annual TriBeCa Film Festival which has dramatically grown in popularity each year since. Rosenthal is also co-founder and co-chair of the board of the not-for-profit Tribeca Film Institute. Rosenthal is married to Craig Hatkoff with two children; they live in New York City.
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    Joseph E. Levine

    • Films Produced: A Bridge Too Far
    • Films Executive Produced: The Graduate
    Joseph E. Levine (September 9, 1905 – July 31, 1987) was an American film producer. He was born in Boston, Massachusetts. His Embassy Pictures Corporation was an independent studio and distributor responsible for such films as Hercules (1958 film), The Carpetbaggers, Harlow, The Graduate, A Bridge Too Far and The Lion in Winter. Levine is famous in the industry for his massive advertising campaigns, starting with Hercules in 1959. He is also responsible for bringing the movie Godzilla to the U.S. public. Levine had hired Terry Turner, a former RKO Pictures exploitation expert of the late 1920s and 1930s where he exploited King Kong amongst other films. Levine and Turner's exploitation campaigns were designed to appeal both to the general public but also the film industry and exhibitors as well. In 1964, Levine received the Golden Globe Cecil B. DeMille Award in recognition of his lifetime achievement in motion pictures. Joseph E. Levine died in 1987 in Greenwich, Connecticut. You can fool all of the people if the advertising is right
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    Leo Rossi

    • Films Produced: 10th & Wolf
    Leo Rossi (born 1946) is an American actor, writer and producer. He is known for his role as Budd in the 1981 horror film Halloween II, as Turkell from the 1990 horror sequel Maniac Cop 2, and as Detective Sam Dietz in the Relentless franchise. His other films include Heart Like a Wheel (1983), River's Edge (1986), The Accused (1988), Analyze This (1999), One Night at McCool's (2001), and 10th & Wolf (2006). Rossi also co-scripted Gotti (2013 film) with the film's director, Barry Levinson; Gotti: In the Shadow of My Father is a Crime film starring Al Pacino and John Travolta. Rossi began his career with small roles in successful films, such as the Rick Rosenthal-directed - John Carpenter-scripted - Halloween II (1981) with Jamie Lee Curtis and Donald Pleasance, in which he falls victim to the suburban maniac Michael Myers (fictional). Subsequent roles in Jonathan Kaplan's Heart Like a Wheel (1983) opposite Bonnie Bedelia and Beau Bridges, Tim Hunter's River's Edge (1986) with Dennis Hopper and Keanu Reeves, and Bob Rafelson's Black Widow (1987) - also with Hopper, Theresa Russell and Debra Winger - paved the way for a starring role opposite Jodie Foster and Kelly McGillis in
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    Michael London

    • Films Produced: 40 Days and 40 Nights
    • Films Executive Produced: The Informant!
    Michael London is an American film producer who owns Groundswell Productions. He has produced over 20 films including Sideways, The Visitor, Win Win, and Smart People. The film Sideways was nominated for an Academy Award for Best Picture in 2005. On the heels of the Academy nomination, London won "Producer of the Year" in 2006 at the Palm Springs International Film Festival. London will be the executive producer of the upcoming HBO adaption of the Pulitzer Prize winning novel A Visit From the Goon Squad.
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    Ted Field

    • Films Produced: Cocktail
    • Films Executive Produced: The Box
    Frederick Woodruff "Ted" Field (born 1953) is an American media mogul, entrepreneur and film producer. Field was born in Chicago, Cook County, Illinois, the son of Katherine Woodruff Fanning, an editor of the Christian Science Monitor, and Marshall Field IV, who owned the Chicago Sun-Times. He is an heir to the Field family fortune. At $1.2 billion, Field is #236 on the Forbes list of the 400 richest people. Field is well known by motor racing enthusiasts for being the boss of Interscope Racing, a successful team that fielded cars in many different categories including IndyCar, Can-Am, sportscars racing and even Formula 1. Danny Ongais was the main pilot of the team, Ted Field himself occasionally took the wheel in some occasions including at 24 Hours of Le Mans. Interscope Racing started off entering Ongais in Formula 5000 in 1975, graduating to USAC racing and the Indianapolis 500 in Parnelli chassis. Field also funded Ongais to make occasional Formula One outings in a Penske during the 1978 season. Field also backed the construction in 1980 of an Interscope chassis designed by Roman Slobodinskij for the Indianapolis 500. This was intended to take a turbocharged six-cylinder
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    Gavin Polone

    Gavin Polone

    • Films Produced: 8mm
    • Films Executive Produced: Cinema Verite
    Gavin Polone is an American film and television producer. He began producing films in the late 1990s and television in the 2000s. He was nominated for seven Primetime Emmy Awards, of which six were for "Outstanding Comedy Series" for Larry David's Curb Your Enthusiasm. Polone graduated from University of California, Berkeley in three years. He got a realtor's license and applied to work for the Central Intelligence Agency. In 1985, he began work as an assistant at International Creative Management. He eventually became a literary agent at ICM. In 1989, ICM suspected that Polone planned to defect and fired him, though Polone says ICM was wrong about its suspicions. He joined Bauer-Benedek Agency, and the agency eventually merged with Leading Artists Agency to form United Talent Agency. Polone eventually became a partner at UTA. He was disappointed in how the agency was run and threatened to leave. In April 1996, UTA fired Polone and alleged that he sexually harassed a female agent. Polone hired Peter Ostroff to sue UTA in a breach of contract lawsuit, and before the lawsuit was filed, UTA gave Polone a $6 million severance package and made a public admission that "'there were
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    Bill Badalato

    • Films Produced: 1969
    • Films Executive Produced: About Schmidt
    Bill Badalato is a film producer.
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    Brian Helgeland

    • Films Produced: A Knight's Tale
    Brian Thomas Helgeland (born January 17, 1961) is an American screenwriter, film producer and director. He is most known for writing the screenplays for L.A. Confidential (for which he received an Academy Award), Mystic River, and A Nightmare on Elm Street 4: The Dream Master. Helgeland was born in Providence, Rhode Island, the son of Norwegian-born parents Karin and Thomas. His surname is Norwegian, named after a landscape in Northern Norway. A graduate of Loyola Marymount University in Los Angeles, he received his undergraduate degree at the University of Massachusetts Dartmouth. In 1998, Helgeland won both an Academy Award for Best Adapted Screenplay (for L.A. Confidential) and a Razzie (for The Postman) in the same year. Only one person had achieved the dubious feat before (Alan Menken in 1993), and only one other (Sandra Bullock in 2010) has achieved it since. He accepted the Razzie and became only the fourth person in its history to be personally presented with the statuette. Helgeland wrote and directed the films A Knight's Tale (2001) and The Order (2003). He has worked with director Clint Eastwood twice, in 2002 on Blood Work, and in 2003 on Mystic River, for which he was
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    Danny Boyle

    Danny Boyle

    • Films Produced: Elephant
    • Films Executive Produced: Twin Town
    Daniel "Danny" Boyle (born 20 October 1956) is an English film director and producer, best known for his work on films such as Slumdog Millionaire, Shallow Grave, 127 Hours, 28 Days Later, Sunshine and Trainspotting. Boyle won numerous awards for his 2008 film Slumdog Millionaire, including the Academy Award for Best Director. Boyle was presented with the Extraordinary Contribution to Filmmaking Award at the 2008 Austin Film Festival, where he also introduced that year's AFF Audience Award Winner Slumdog Millionaire. In 2012, Boyle was the Artistic Director for Isles of Wonder, the opening ceremony of the 2012 London Summer Olympic Games. Daniel Boyle was born on 20 October 1956 in Radcliffe, historically a part of Lancashire. Although he now describes himself as a "spiritual atheist", he was raised in a working-class Irish Catholic environment by his English father (of Irish descent) and Irish mother (from Ballinasloe in County Galway). Boyle was an altar boy for eight years and his mother had the priesthood in mind for her son, but aged 14 he was persuaded by a local priest not to transfer from his local school to a seminary near Wigan. He later studied at Thornleigh Salesian
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    Joe Roth

    Joe Roth

    • Films Produced: A Low Down Dirty Shame
    • Films Executive Produced: Daddy Day Care
    Joe Roth (born July 13, 1948) is an American film executive, producer and film director. He co-founded Morgan Creek Productions in 1987 and was chairman of 20th Century Fox (1989–1993), Caravan Pictures (1993–1994), and Walt Disney Studios (1994–2000) before founding Revolution Studios in 2000. Roth was born in New York, New York, the son of Lawrence Roth, a foreman at a plastics plant. In 1959, Roth's father volunteered his son to be a plaintiff in the ACLU's effort to abolish mandatory prayer in public schools. The case, filed in New York, wound its way through the system, finally reaching the U.S. Supreme Court in 1962. The Court ruled that such prayer was unconstitutional under the First Amendment, in the landmark case of Engel v. Vitale. Over the course of his career, he has produced over 40 films, and has directed six to date, including 1990's Coupe de Ville (in which a Cadillac Coupe de Ville plays a big part) and 2001's America's Sweethearts. Roth, who was ranked 6th in Premiere Magazine's 2003 Hollywood Power List, produced the 76th annual Academy Awards. Roth announced that in October 2007, when Revolution's distribution deal with Sony Pictures ends, Revolution Studios
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    Michael Winterbottom

    Michael Winterbottom

    • Films Produced: 9 Songs
    Michael Winterbottom (born 29 March 1961) is an English filmmaker who directed seventeen feature films in fifteen years. He began his career working in British television before moving into features. Three of his films — Welcome to Sarajevo, Wonderland and 24 Hour Party People — have been nominated for the Palme d'Or at the Cannes Film Festival. Winterbottom often works with the same actors; many faces can be seen in several of his films, including Shirley Henderson, Paul Popplewell, John Simm, Steve Coogan, Raymond Waring and Kieran O' Brien. Winterbottom was born in Blackburn, Lancashire. He went to Queen Elizabeth's Grammar School, Blackburn, taking his O Levels in an accelerated four years, and then studied English at Balliol College, Oxford before going to film school at Bristol University, where his contemporaries included Marc Evans. Winterbottom's television career included such diverse projects as the pilot of Jimmy McGovern's mystery series Cracker, four television movies, an episode of the Inspector Alleyn Mysteries, two documentaries about Ingmar Bergman and an episode of the documentary series Cinema Europe: The Other Hollywood focusing on Scandinavian silent
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    Philippe Martin

    • Films Produced: A Man, a Real One
    • Films Executive Produced: Wild Target
    Philippe Martin is a film producer.
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    Wong Kar-wai

    Wong Kar-wai

    • Films Produced: 2046
    • Films Executive Produced: Happy Together
    Wong Kar-wai, BBS (born 17 July 1958) is a Hong Kong Second Wave filmmaker, internationally renowned as an auteur for his visually unique, highly stylised, emotionally resonant work, including Days of Being Wild (1990), Ashes of Time (1994), Chungking Express (1994), Fallen Angels (1995), Happy Together (1997) and 2046 (2004). His film In the Mood for Love (2000), starring Maggie Cheung and Tony Leung, garnered widespread critical acclaim. Wong's films frequently feature protagonists who yearn for romance in the midst of a knowingly brief life and scenes that can often be described as sketchy, digressive, exhilarating, and containing vivid imagery. Wong was listed at number three on the British Film Institute's Sight & Sound Top Ten Directors list of modern times. Born in Shanghai, he moved to Hong Kong with his parents in 1963. Coming from the Mainland and speaking only Mandarin and Shanghainese, he spent hours in cinemas with his mother. After graduating from Hong Kong Polytechnic College in graphic design in 1980, he enrolled in the Production Training Course organised by Hong Kong Television Broadcasts Limited (TVB) and became a full-time television screenwriter. In the
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    Alain Goldman

    • Films Produced: 1492 Conquest of Paradise
    • Films Executive Produced: Cracks
    Alain Goldman is a film producer and actor.
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    Vidhu Vinod Chopra

    Vidhu Vinod Chopra

    • Films Produced: 1942: A Love Story
    • Films Executive Produced: Parineeta
    Vidhu Vinod Chopra (Punjabi:ਵਿਧੁ ਵਿਨੋਦ ਚੋਪਰਾ, Hindi:विधु विनोद चोपड़ा) (born on 5 September 1952) is an Indian film director, screenwriter and producer. Parinda, 1942: A Love Story, Eklavya: The Royal Guard, Munna Bhai films (Munna Bhai M.B.B.S. and Lage Raho Munna Bhai) and 3 Idiots are some of his highly popular films. He is the founder of Vinod Chopra Films. Born in a Punjabi family of Kashmir, Chopra grew up in Srinagar, India. His father was D. N. Chopra and veteran filmmaker Ramanand Sagar was his half-brother. His love of Hindi cinema and support of his family encouraged him to study film direction. Since there was no college for film-related courses in North India, he went to Pune and studied film direction at the Film and Television Institute of India. Chopra's first student short, Murder At Monkey Hill, won the National Film Award for Best Short Experimental Film and the Guru Dutt Memorial Award for Best Student Film. This was followed by a short documentary highlighting the plight of India's destitute children, called An Encounter with Faces, which was nominated for an Academy Award in the Documentary Short Subject category in 1979. It also won the Grand Prix at the
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    Andrew MacDonald

    • Films Produced: 28 Days Later
    • Films Executive Produced: Beautiful Creatures
    Andrew Macdonald (born 1966) is a Scottish film producer, best known for his collaborations with screenwriter John Hodge and director Danny Boyle, including Shallow Grave (1994), Trainspotting (1996) and 28 Days Later (2002). Together with Duncan Kenworthy, he is also the founder of DNA Films, the production company responsible for The Parole Officer (2001), 28 Days Later (2002), Sunshine (2007), 28 Weeks Later (2007), 28 Months Later (TBA). Two of which Danny Boyle Directed and Alex Garland wrote. He is the brother of Oscar winning documentary maker Kevin Macdonald. His maternal grandparents were English actress Wendy Orme and Hungarian-born Oscar winning filmmaker Emeric Pressburger.
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    Ismail Merchant

    • Films Produced: A Room with a View
    • Films Executive Produced: Creation Of Woman
    Ismail Merchant (Gujarati: ઈસ્માઈલ મર્ચન્ટ) (25 December 1936 – 25 May 2005) was an Indian-born film producer and director, best known for the results of his famously long collaboration with Merchant Ivory Productions which included director (and Merchant's longtime professional and personal partner) James Ivory as well as screenwriter Ruth Prawer Jhabvala. Their films won six Academy Awards. Merchant succeeded as an independent producer in Hollywood for more than 40 years. His strength lay in funding his projects, particularly in his ability to produce films for several million dollars less than those of his contemporaries. Born Ismail Noormohamed Abdul Rehman (Gujarati: ઈસ્માઈલ નૂરમોહમદ અબ્દુલ રહમાન) in Bombay, he was the son of Hazra (née Memon) and Noormohamed Haji Abdul Rehman, a Mumbai Memon textile dealer. He grew up bilingual in Gujarati and Urdu, and learned Arabic and English at school. When he was 11, he and his family were caught up in the 1947 partitioning of India. His father was president of the Muslim League, and refused to move to Pakistan. Merchant later said that he carried memories of the "butchery and riots" into adulthood. He studied at St. Xavier's College,
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    Neil A. Machlis

    • Films Produced: 2010: The Year We Make Contact
    • Films Executive Produced: Janky Promoters
    Neil A. Machlis is a film producer.
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    Norman Jewison

    Norman Jewison

    • Films Produced: ...And Justice for All
    • Films Executive Produced: Two Nudes Bathing
    Norman Frederick Jewison, CC, O.Ont (born July 21, 1926) is a Canadian film director, producer, actor and founder of the Canadian Film Centre. Highlights of his directing career include In the Heat of the Night (1967), The Thomas Crown Affair (1968), Fiddler on the Roof (1971), Jesus Christ Superstar (1973), Moonstruck (1987), Other People's Money (1991), The Hurricane (1999) and The Statement (2003). Jewison has addressed important social and political issues throughout his directing and producing career, often making controversial or complicated subjects accessible to mainstream audiences. Jewison was born in Toronto, Ontario, the son of Dorothy Irene (née Weaver) and Percy Joseph Jewison, who managed a convenience store and post office. He attended Kew Beach School and Malvern Collegiate Institute, and while growing up in the 1930s displayed an aptitude for performing and theatre. Jewison was often mistaken for Jewish due to his surname, though he and his family were actually Protestant. He served in the Royal Canadian Navy (1944–1945) during World War II, and after being discharged traveled in the American South, where he encountered segregation, an experience that would
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    Robert W. Cort

    • Films Produced: Cocktail
    • Films Executive Produced: Holy Matrimony
    Robert W. Cort is a film producer.
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    Tim Bevan

    • Films Produced: 40 Days and 40 Nights
    • Films Executive Produced: A Serious Man
    Tim Bevan, CBE (born 1958) is a film producer. Bevan was born in Queenstown, New Zealand. Bevan was educated at Sidcot School, a Quaker boarding independent school in the Mendip Hills, near the village of Winscombe in North Somerset, in South West England. Bevan co-founded Working Title Films in London with Sarah Radclyffe and Graham Bradstreet in the 1980s. (Eric Fellner now partners Tim Bevan at Working Title Films). Among Bevan's more than 40 films as producer or executive producer are Moonlight and Valentino, Fargo, O Brother, Where Art Thou?, The Guru, Captain Corelli's Mandolin, Love Actually, Notting Hill, Elizabeth, Bridget Jones's Diary, Atonement, and Frost/Nixon. To date, the films he has co-produced have grossed a total of almost four billion dollars worldwide ($3,939 Million according to www.boxofficemojo.com) without adjusting for inflation. Working Title Films signed a deal with Universal Studios in 1999 for a reported $600 (USD) million, which gave Bevan and Fellner the power to commission projects with a budget of up to $35 (USD) million without having to consult their paymasters. Bevan is also the co-producer of the West End musical Billy Elliot. Bevan is divorced
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    Kent Smith

    Kent Smith

    • Films Produced: Spike Up
    Kent Smith (March 19, 1907 – April 23, 1985) was an American actor who had a lengthy career in film, theater, and television. Born Frank Kent Smith in New York, New York, Smith made his acting debut on Broadway in 1932 in Men Must Fight and, after spending a few years there, moved to Hollywood, California, where he made his film debut in The Garden Murder Case. Initially, he was groomed to play leading roles in "B" pictures, usually as solid and dependable types, or as the friend or rival for the heroine's affections in more prestigious films. As he aged quickly, turning grey quite young, he moved into character roles. His biggest successes occurred during the 1940s in films such as Cat People (1942), Hitler's Children (1943), This Land Is Mine (1943), Three Russian Girls (1943), Youth Runs Wild (1944), The Curse of the Cat People (1944), The Spiral Staircase (1946), Nora Prentiss (1947), Magic Town (1947), The Fountainhead (1949), My Foolish Heart (1949), and The Damned Don't Cry! (1950). He continued acting in supporting roles from the 1950s in films such as A Distant Trumpet and made his final film appearance in Billy Jack Goes to Washington (1977). On Broadway, he achieved
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    Stanley Kramer

    Stanley Kramer

    • Films Produced: A Child Is Waiting
    Stanley Earl Kramer (September 29, 1913 – February 19, 2001) was an American film director and producer, responsible for making many of Hollywood's most famous "message movies", and becoming one of the nation's most respected filmmakers. As an independent producer and director, he distinguished himself and his films by bringing attention to topical social issues that most studios avoided. Among the subjects covered in his films were racism, nuclear war, greed, creationism vs. evolution and the causes and effects of fascism. Despite the controversial subjects of his films, many of which received mixed reviews, the film industry nonetheless recognized their importance and quality during most of his career, awarding his films sixteen Academy Awards and eighty nominations. He was nominated nine times as either producer or director. His notable films include High Noon (1952, as producer), The Defiant Ones (1958), On the Beach (1959), Inherit the Wind (1960), Judgment at Nuremberg (1961), It's a Mad, Mad, Mad, Mad World (1963), Ship of Fools (1965) and Guess Who's Coming to Dinner (1967). After a string of unsuccessful productions in the 1970s, he retired from films. Director Steven
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    Charlie Chaplin

    Charlie Chaplin

    • Films Produced: A Countess from Hong Kong
    Sir Charles Spencer "Charlie" Chaplin, KBE (16 April 1889 – 25 December 1977) was an English comic actor, film director and composer best known for his work in the United States during the silent film era. He became the most famous film star in the world before the end of World War I. Chaplin used mime, slapstick and other visual comedy routines, and continued well into the era of the talkies, though his films decreased in frequency from the end of the 1920s. His most famous role was that of The Tramp, which he first played in the Keystone comedy Kid Auto Races at Venice in 1914. From the April 1914 one-reeler Twenty Minutes of Love onwards he was writing and directing most of his films, by 1916 he was also producing them, and from 1918 he was even composing the music for them. With Mary Pickford, Douglas Fairbanks and D. W. Griffith, he co-founded United Artists in 1919. Chaplin was one of the most creative and influential personalities of the silent-film era. He was influenced by his predecessor, the French silent film comedian Max Linder, to whom he dedicated one of his films. His working life in entertainment spanned over 75 years, from the Victorian stage and the music hall in
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    Hawk Koch

    • Films Produced: A Night in Heaven
    • Films Executive Produced: Collateral Damage
    Howard Winchel Koch, Jr. (born December 14, 1945 in Los Angeles, California) is an American motion picture producer, a member of the Board of Governors of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, and a former road manager for the musical groups The Supremes and The Dave Clark Five. Almost always known by the nickname "Hawk", he was raised in the film business, the son of producer Howard Winchel Koch, Sr. After his time in the music business, Hawk Koch turned to film-making in Hollywood, working as assistant director for a number of important directors on significant films such as: As a film producer Hawk Koch has been responsible for:
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    Jon Kilik

    Jon Kilik

    • Films Produced: 25th Hour
    • Films Executive Produced: Inside Man
    Jon Kilik is a film producer.
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    Robert Altman

    Robert Altman

    • Films Produced: 3 Women
    Robert Bernard Altman (February 20, 1925 – November 20, 2006) was an American film director and screenwriter known for making films that are highly naturalistic, but with a stylized perspective. In 2006, the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences recognized his body of work with an Academy Honorary Award. His films MASH (1970), McCabe and Mrs. Miller (1971), and Nashville (1975) have been selected for preservation in the United States National Film Registry. Altman was born in Kansas City, Missouri, the son of Helen (née Matthews), a Mayflower descendant from Nebraska, and Bernard Clement Altman, a wealthy insurance salesman and amateur gambler, who came from an upper-class family. Altman's ancestry was German, English and Irish; his paternal grandfather, Frank Altman, Sr., anglicized the spelling of the family name from "Altmann" to "Altman". Altman had a Catholic upbringing, but he did not continue to practice as a Catholic as an adult, although he has been referred to as "a sort of Catholic" and a Catholic director. He was educated at Jesuit schools, including Rockhurst High School, in Kansas City. He graduated from Wentworth Military Academy in Lexington, Missouri in
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    Sy Bartlett

    • Films Produced: A Gathering of Eagles
    Sy Bartlett (July 10, 1900 - May 29, 1978) was an American author and screenwriter/producer of Hollywood films. Born Sacha Baraniev in Ukraine, he immigrated to the United States at the age of four and adopted the name Sidney Bartlett. Sy Bartlett was born on July 10, 1900 in the Black Sea seaport of Mykolaiv in southern Ukraine. His parents immigrated to the United States in 1904, settling in Chicago. Bartlett attended Northwestern University and was trained at the Medill School of Journalism. He worked as a newspaper reporter before moving to Hollywood to become a screenwriter. His first credited work was for RKO Studios in 1933 and he wrote 28 screenplays from 1933 to 1969. In the 1950s he became interested in producing films, and with film star Gregory Peck founded Melville Productions in 1956. Bartlett enjoyed being a Hollywood socialite in the 1930s and was well known for the Sunday barbecues he frequently hosted. He was sometimes connected by tabloids to scandals on occasion, and married three times, each time to Hollywood actresses -- Alice White, Ellen Drew, and Patricia Owens. Of Jewish descent, Bartlett was understandably strongly anti-Nazi, once striking an employee of
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    Charles K. Feldman

    • Films Produced: A Streetcar Named Desire
    • Films Executive Produced: The Red Pony
    Charles K. Feldman (April 26, 1904 - May 25, 1968) was a film producer and talent agent born in New York City. In 1934 he married actress Jean Howard, whom he divorced in 1948. He managed the careers of Howard Hawks, John Wayne, George Stevens, Claudette Colbert, Irene Dunne, Charles Boyer, Lauren Bacall and many others. Feldman pioneered the use of overlapping nonexclusive contracts with clients like Irene Dunne and Claudette Colbert, demonstrating flexible alternatives to the so-called iron-clad studio contract in the classical Hollywood era. One of the most powerful agents in Hollywood at the time, Feldman also won percentages of the film's profits for his clients. Feldman also held considerable sway in the making of some films, it was Feldman who suggested to Jack Warner (as a friend) that he recut Howard Hawks' The Big Sleep and add scenes to enchance Bacall's performance, which he felt was more-or-less a 'bit part' in the 1945 cut. Among some of Feldman's more notable films: the Orson Welles Macbeth (1948), The Glass Menagerie (1950), A Streetcar Named Desire (1951) which was nominated for an Academy Award, The Seven Year Itch (1955), What's New, Pussycat? (1965), The Group
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    Claude Lelouch

    Claude Lelouch

    • Films Produced: A Man and a Woman
    Claude Barruck Joseph Lelouch (born October 30, 1937) is a French film director, writer, cinematographer, actor and producer. Lelouch was born in the 9th arrondissement of Paris, the son of Charlotte (née Abeilard) and Simon Lelouch. His father was an Algerian Jew and his mother was a convert to Judaism. His father gave him a camera to give him a fresh start after his failure in the baccalaureat. He started his career with reportage - one of the first to film daily life in the U.S.S.R., the camera hidden under his coat as he made his personal journey. He also filmed sporting events like the 24 Hours of Le Mans and the Tour de France. His first full length film as director, Le Propre de l'homme, was decried by the critics - 'Claude Lelouch, remember this name well, because you will not hear it again' - Cahiers du cinéma said. La Femme Spectacle (1963), following prostitutes, women shopping, going for nose-jobs, was censored for its misogynist tendency. Un homme et une femme changed his fortunes and was met with favour even by the Cahiers group. Legend has it that Lelouch found himself one morning on the beach at Deauville when he caught sight of a young woman and her child on the
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    Sidney Drew

    • Films Produced: A Florida Enchantment
    Sidney Drew was an actor, film director and screenwriter.
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    William MacQuitty

    • Films Produced: A Night to Remember
    William MacQuitty (15 May 1905 – 4 February 2004) was a British film producer and also a writer and photographer. He is most noted for his production of the 1958 Rank Organisation / Pinewood Studios film, A Night to Remember, which recreates the story of the sinking of RMS Titanic, based on the book of the same name by Walter Lord. Born in Belfast, the son of the Managing Director of the Belfast Telegraph, he was educated at Campbell College. MacQuitty attained employment with the Chartered Bank of India, Australia and China (known today as the Standard Chartered), at the age of 18, where he remained until 1939. In 1926, he was posted to the Far East, joining the Auxiliary Punjab Light Horse at Amritsar, who were a handful of volunteer soldiers whose job was to defend the memsahibs and the children in a city that was widely regarded as one of the most seditious in India. In 1928 he became a founder member of the Lahore Flying Club. Further postings in the Far East included Ceylon, Siam, Malaya and China before he resigned and returned to Ireland in 1939. Intending to take up psychoanalysis as a career, MacQuitty started a seven-year medical course in London but his amateur film
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    Andrew Stevens

    • Films Produced: 7 Seconds
    • Films Executive Produced: Battlefield Earth
    Andrew Stevens (born June 10, 1955) is an American executive, film producer, director and former actor. Andrew Stevens was born Herman Andrew Stephens in Memphis, Tennessee. He is the only child of actress Stella Stevens and her former husband Noble Herman Stephens, both natives of Mississippi. Prior to his producing career, Stevens was a writer, director, and actor. He was nominated for a Golden Globe Award for his performance in 1978's The Boys in Company C (Columbia Pictures). In 1977, Stevens played 17-year-old Andrew Thorpe on the NBC western series, The Oregon Trail. The program filmed only thirteen episodes, seven of which never aired. He appeared opposite Dennis Weaver and Susan Dey in the short-lived drama, Emerald Point N.A.S., as a playboy/tennis bum in the Columbo episode "Murder in Malibu", and as one of Lucy Ewing's love interests, Casey Denault, in Dallas, for two seasons, beginning in 1987. During this time, he also starred in the popular erotic thriller Night Eyes, and its sequels. In early 1990, Stevens left the public eye to become an independent entrepreneur writing, producing, directing and financing films for his own companies. He was President/CEO of
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    Bill Borden

    • Films Produced: A Midnight Clear
    • Films Executive Produced: High School Musical
    Bill Borden is a film producer.
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    Broncho Billy Anderson

    Broncho Billy Anderson

    • Films Produced: A Lucky Dog
    Gilbert M. "Broncho Billy" Anderson (March 21, 1880 – January 20, 1971) was an American actor, writer, film director, and film producer, who is best known as the first star of the Western film genre. Anderson was born Maxwell Henry Aronson in Little Rock, Arkansas, the sixth child of Henry and Esther (née Ash) Aronson, natives of New York. His family was Jewish. He lived until age eight in Pine Bluff, Arkansas, then moved with his family to St. Louis, Missouri. At 18, he moved to New York City. He attempted a career in vaudeville and the theatre and supplemented his income as a photographer's model and a newspaper vendor. In 1903, he met Edwin S. Porter, who gave him work as an actor and occasional script collaborator. In Porter's early motion picture The Great Train Robbery (1903), Anderson played three roles. After seeing the film for the first time at a vaudeville theater and being overwhelmed by the audience's reaction, Anderson decided the film industry was for him. Using the stage name Gilbert M. Anderson, he began to write, direct, and act in his own westerns. In 1907, he and George Kirke Spoor founded Essanay Studios ("S and A" for Spoor and Anderson), one of the
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    John Hart

    • Films Produced: A Home at the End of the World
    • Films Executive Produced: Safe
    John Hart is a film producer.
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    Peter Hyams

    • Films Produced: 2010: The Year We Make Contact
    • Films Executive Produced: The Monster Squad
    Peter Hyams (born July 26, 1943) is an American screenwriter, director and cinematographer, probably best known for directing the 1981 science fiction thriller Outland, Capricorn One, 2010 (the sequel to Stanley Kubrick's 2001: A Space Odyssey), action/comedy Running Scared, the comic book adaptation Timecop, the action film Sudden Death (both starring Jean-Claude Van Damme), and the horror films The Relic and End of Days. Hyams was born in New York City, New York, the son of Ruth Hurok and Barry Hyams, who was a theatrical producer and publicist on Broadway. His maternal grandfather was Sol Hurok, the Russian Jewish impresario. His stepfather was blacklisted Arthur Lief. His sister is casting director Nessa Hyams. Hyams studied art and music at Hunter College and Syracuse University, before working as a producer/anchorman for WHDH-TV and later WBBM-TV. He has described himself as "one of the very few writer/directors of major films who also photographs his own pictures". During his time with CBS (where he worked from 1964 to 1970), he began to shoot documentary films. Hyams moved to Los Angeles in 1970 where he sold his first screenplay, T.R. Baskin, to Paramount Pictures in
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    Roland Emmerich

    Roland Emmerich

    • Films Produced: The Day After Tomorrow
    • Films Executive Produced: Independence Day
    Roland Emmerich (German: [ˈʁoːlant ˈɛməʁɪç]) (born November 10, 1955) is a German film director, screenwriter, and producer. His films, most of which are Hollywood productions filmed in English, have grossed more than $3 billion worldwide, more than those of any other European directors. His films have grossed just over $1 billion in the United States, making him the country's 14th-highest grossing director of all time. He began his work in the film industry by directing the film The Noah's Ark Principle as part of his university thesis and also co-founded Centropolis Entertainment in 1985 with his sister. He is a collector of art and an active campaigner for the lesbian and gay community, himself being openly gay. He is also a campaigner for an awareness of global warming and equal rights. Emmerich has directed many successful films, mostly disaster films such as Independence Day (1996), The Day After Tomorrow (2004) and 2012 (2009); also Stargate (1994) and The Patriot (2000). Although many of his films have been successful in the box office, others such as Universal Soldier (1992), Godzilla (1998) and 10,000 BC (2008) have been panned by critics. Emmerich was born in Stuttgart,
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    Tobey Maguire

    Tobey Maguire

    • Films Produced: 25th Hour
    • Films Executive Produced: Seabiscuit
    Tobias Vincent "Tobey" Maguire (born June 27, 1975) is an American actor and producer. He began his career in the late 1980s. While perhaps best known for his role as Peter Parker / Spider-Man in Sam Raimi's Spider-Man film trilogy (2002–2007), he has also appeared in films such as Pleasantville (1998), Ride with the Devil (1999), The Cider House Rules (1999), Wonder Boys (2000), Seabiscuit (2003), The Good German (2006), Tropic Thunder (2008), and Brothers (2009). He has been nominated for Screen Actors Guild and Golden Globe Awards and received two Saturn Awards, including one for Best Actor. Maguire was born in Santa Monica, California. He is the son of Wendy (née Brown), a secretary turned screenwriter and producer, and Vincent Maguire, a construction worker and cook. He has four half-brothers. His parents, 18 and 20 years old, were unmarried at the time of his birth; the two married and subsequently divorced when Maguire was two. Maguire spent much of his childhood moving from town to town, living with each parent and other family members. During his childhood, Maguire entertained the idea of becoming a chef and to that end wanted to enroll in a home economics class as a sixth
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    Daniel Grodnik

    • Films Produced: 1969
    • Films Executive Produced: Come Early Morning
    Daniel Grodnik is a film producer, and writer.
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    Elia Kazan

    Elia Kazan

    • Films Produced: A Face in the Crowd
    Elia Kazan (IPA: [eˈlia kaˈzan]; September 7, 1909 – September 28, 2003) was an American director, producer, writer and actor, described by The New York Times as "one of the most honored and influential directors in Broadway and Hollywood history". He was born in Constantinople, Ottoman Empire, to Greek parents. After studying acting at Yale, he acted professionally for eight years, later joining the Group Theater in 1932, and co-founded the Actors Studio in 1947. With Lee Strasberg, he introduced Method acting to the American stage and cinema as a new form of self-expression and psychological "realism". Kazan acted in only a few films, including City for Conquest (1940). Kazan introduced a new generation of unknown young actors to the movie audiences, including Marlon Brando and James Dean. Noted for drawing out the best dramatic performances from his actors, he directed 21 actors to Oscar nominations, resulting in nine wins. He became "one of the consummate filmmakers of the 20th century" after directing a string of successful films, including, A Streetcar Named Desire (1951), On the Waterfront (1954), and East of Eden (1955). During his career, he won two Oscars as Best Director
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    Matthew Vaughn

    Matthew Vaughn

    • Films Produced: A Short Film About John Bolton
    Matthew Vaughn (born 7 March 1971) is an English film producer, director, and screenwriter. He is best known for producing such films as Lock, Stock and Two Smoking Barrels (1998) and Snatch (2000) and directing the films Layer Cake (2004), Stardust (2007) and Kick-Ass (2010). His latest film is the 2011 superhero film X-Men: First Class. Vaughn was educated at Stowe School in Buckingham, England. Taking a gap year between Stowe and university, he travelled the world on a Hard Rock Cafe tour and landed in Los Angeles, U.S., where he began working as an assistant to a director. He returned to London, attending University College London where he studied anthropology and ancient history. He dropped out of university after a few weeks, and aged 25, he produced a little-seen thriller, The Innocent Sleep (1995), starring Annabella Sciorra and Michael Gambon. Vaughn continued as a producer on close friend Guy Ritchie's film Lock, Stock and Two Smoking Barrels. The film was a success in all aspects, earning Vaughn and Ritchie £9 million each. Vaughn would go on to produce Ritchie's equally acclaimed Snatch and the critically mauled Swept Away. Vaughn made his directorial debut in 2004 with
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    Richard N. Gladstein

    • Films Produced: 54
    • Films Executive Produced: Jackie Brown
    Richard N. Gladstein is a film producer based in Los Angeles. His production company is FilmColony. His films include Finding Neverland, The Bourne Identity, Pulp Fiction, Reservoir Dogs, Hurlyburly, and The Cider House Rules. His two Academy Award nominations came from Finding Neverland (2005) and The Cider House Rules (2000). Prior to the formation of FilmColony, Gladstein was executive vice president of production for Miramax Films from 1993 through 1995, Gladstein received his bachelor's degree in film from Boston University's College of Communication.
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    Shin Sang-ok

    • Films Produced: 3 Ninjas: High Noon at Mega Mountain
    Shin Sang-ok (October 18, 1926 – April 11, 2006) was a prolific South Korean film producer and director, with more than 100 producer and 70 director credits. He is most famous for having been kidnapped by the previous North Korean leader Kim Jong-il, for the purpose of producing critically acclaimed films. The son of a prominent doctor of Chinese medicine, Shin Sang-ok was born in Chongjin at the northeastern part of the Korean Peninsula, at the time occupied by Japan, currently a part of North Korea. Shin studied in the Tokyo Fine Arts School, the predecessor to Tokyo National University of Fine Arts and Music in Japan before returning to Korea three years later. Shin started his film career as an assistant production designer on Choi In-kyu's Viva Freedom!, the first Korean film made after the country achieved independence from Japan. During the "Golden Age" of South Korean cinema in the late 1950s and 1960s, Shin worked prolifically, often directing two or more films per year, earning the nickname the "Prince of Korean Cinema" The production company he started, Shin Films, produced around 300 films during the 1960s, including Prince Yeonsan (1961), the winner of the Best Film
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    Wren Arthur

    Wren Arthur

    • Films Produced: A Prairie Home Companion
    • Films Executive Produced: Saint John of Las Vegas
    Wren Arthur is a film producer and an actor.
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    Craig Armstrong

    Craig Armstrong

    • Films Produced: "Weird Al" Yankovic Live!
    Craig Armstrong, OBE (born 29 April 1959) is a Scottish composer of modern orchestral music, electronica and film scores. Armstrong's score for William Shakespeare’s Romeo + Juliet earned him a BAFTA for Achievement in Film Music and an Ivor Novello. His composition for Baz Luhrmann’s musical Moulin Rouge! earned him the 2001 American Film Institute’s composer of the Year award, a Golden Globe Award for Best Original Score and a BAFTA. Armstrong was awarded a Grammy Award for Best Original Score in 2004 for the biopic Ray. His other feature film scoring credits include Love Actually, Oliver Stone's World Trade Center, Elizabeth: The Golden Age and The Incredible Hulk. Armstrong studied musical composition, violin (with Cornelius Cardew) and piano at the Royal Academy of Music from 1977 to 1981, where he was awarded the Charles Lucas prize and the Harvey Lohr scholarship for composition. He was also awarded the FTCL Fellowship in composition, and won the GLAA Young Jazz Musician of the Year in 1982. Upon completing his studies, Armstrong served as music and dance specialist at the Strathclyde Regional Council in 1984. Between 1994–2002 he was commissioned by the Royal Shakespeare
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    Michael Shamberg

    • Films Produced: A Fish Called Wanda
    • Films Executive Produced: Pulp Fiction
    Michael Shamberg (born 1945) is an American former Time-Life correspondent and current film producer. His credits include Erin Brockovich, A Fish Called Wanda, Garden State, Gattaca, Pulp Fiction and The Big Chill. His production companies include Jersey Films, with Stacey Sher and Danny DeVito, and Double Feature Films, with his wife, Carla Santos Shamberg, executive producer of the Brockovich movie. In the 1960s and 1970s, counter-culture video collectives extended the role of the underground press to new communication technologies. In 1970, Shamberg co-founded a video collective called Raindance Corporation, which published a newspaper-magazine called Radical Software. Raindance Corporation later became TVTV, or Top Value Television. Shamberg and his first wife Megan Williams were founding members of TVTV. The collective believed new technology could effect social change. One example of this was Shamberg's work on In Hiding: A Conversation with Abbie Hoffman, which was broadcast on public TV's WNET/13 in May 1975, despite its content and dealings with America's renowned radical fugitive. Shamberg preferred the term Guerrilla television (the title of his 1971 book), because
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    Rachel Pfeffer

    • Films Produced: A Civil Action
    • Films Executive Produced: The Horse Whisperer
    Rachel Pfeffer is a film producer.
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    Ric Kidney

    • Films Produced: A Simple Twist of Fate
    • Films Executive Produced: Imagine That
    Ric Kidney is a film producer.
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    William Castle

    William Castle

    • Films Produced: 13 Ghosts
    William Castle (April 24, 1914 – May 31, 1977) was an American film director, producer, screenwriter, and actor. Castle was known for directing films with many gimmicks and which, despite being reasonably low budget B-movies, were ambitiously promoted. William Castle was born William Schloss in New York City to a Jewish family. Schloss is German for "castle", and Castle chose to translate his surname into English to use as his pseudonym. Orphaned at the age of 11, he would drop out of high school and spend most of his teenage years working on Broadway in a number of jobs ranging from set building to acting. This stood him in good stead when he became a director, and he left for Hollywood at the age of 23, going on to direct his first film six years later. He also worked an as assistant to director Orson Welles, doing much of the second unit location work for Welles' noir classic, The Lady from Shanghai (1947). Castle began directing films in the early 1940s, and later television, before moving on to the "gimmick films". Five of these were scripted by adventure novelist Robb White. Two of his films have been remade by his daughter Terry Ann Castle who served as Co-Producer, House on
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    Anne Walker-McBay

    • Films Produced: A Scanner Darkly
    • Films Executive Produced: In search of a midnight kiss
    Anne Walker-McBay is a film producer.
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    Arthur Cohn

    Arthur Cohn

    • Films Produced: Una Breve Vacanza
    Arthur Cohn (born February 4, 1927 in Basel, Switzerland) is a film producer. Three of his films have won the Academy Award for Best Documentary, and he was awarded the Guardian of Zion Award in 2004. He often considers himself to be a six-time Academy Award winner, even though he actually only won three. The other three statues that are in his possession are for Best Foreign Language Film, but those were given to the country itself and not to the director. One of the awards was for French film Black and White in Color (1976) as producer. His best-known non-documentary film is Il giardino dei Finzi-Contini (1970, directed by Vittorio De Sica). His most recent film as producer is The Yellow Handkerchief (2008). He also produced films by Kevin Macdonald (One Day in September) and Walter Salles (Central do Brasil, Abril Despedaçado).
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    David Valdes

    • Films Produced: A Perfect World
    • Films Executive Produced: White Hunter, Black Heart
    David Valdes is a film producer.
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    Edward F. Sands

    • Films Produced: A Passage to India
    Edward F. Sands, born Edward Fitzgerald Snyder, a.k.a. Edward Fitzwilliam Strathmore, a.k.a. Jazz, (April 4, 1894 in Marion, Ohio - ?) was a suspect in the murder of Hollywood director William Desmond Taylor on February 1, 1922. Edward Sands had been employed as Taylor's personal assistant, serving as a cook, secretary, valet and chauffeur. Although he was born in Ohio, he spoke with an affected British accent (screen star Mary Miles Minter referred to him as a cockney). Taylor left Sands in charge of his affairs during a vacation in 1921 and returned to find Sands gone and several of the director's possessions missing including his car, chequebook, a large supply of distinctive cigarettes and jewelry. Sands had cashed several blank cheques left by Taylor and, using the stolen checkbook, began forging Taylor's signature. A few months later Taylor received a letter from Sands which included a pawn ticket in the name of William Deane Tanner (Taylor's birth name), indicating that Sands knew Taylor's true identity, which Taylor had kept secret since his arrival in Hollywood eight years earlier. Sands seems to have returned clandestinely. One of the distinctive, stolen cigarettes was
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    Emeric Pressburger

    • Films Produced: A Canterbury Tale
    Emeric Pressburger (5 December 1902 – 5 February 1988) was a Hungarian-British screenwriter, film director, and producer. He is best known for his series of film collaborations with Michael Powell, in a multiple-award-winning partnership known as The Archers and produced a series of classic British films, notably 49th Parallel (1941), The Life and Death of Colonel Blimp (1943), A Matter of Life and Death (1946, also called Stairway to Heaven), Black Narcissus (1947), The Red Shoes (1948), and The Tales of Hoffmann (1951). Imre József Pressburger was born in Miskolc, Hungary of Jewish heritage. He was the only son (he had one elder half-sister from his father's previous marriage) of Kálmán Pressburger, estate manager, and his second wife, Kätherina (née Wichs). He attended a boarding-school in Temesvár, where he was a good student, excelling at mathematics, literature and music. He then studied mathematics and engineering at the Universities of Prague and Stuttgart before his father's death forced him to abandon his studies. Pressburger began a career as a journalist. After working in Hungary and Germany he turned to screenwriting in the late 1920s, working for UFA in Berlin (having
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    Henry Fonda

    Henry Fonda

    • Films Produced: 12 Angry Men
    Henry Jaynes Fonda (May 16, 1905 – August 12, 1982) was an American film and stage actor. Fonda made his mark early as a Broadway actor. He also appeared in 1938 in plays performed in White Plains, New York, with Joan Tompkins. He made his Hollywood debut in 1935, and his career gained momentum after his Academy Award-nominated performance as Tom Joad in The Grapes of Wrath, a 1940 adaptation of John Steinbeck's novel about an Oklahoma family who moved west during the Dust Bowl. Throughout six decades in Hollywood, Fonda cultivated a strong, appealing screen image in such classics as The Ox-Bow Incident, Mister Roberts and 12 Angry Men. Later, Fonda moved both toward darker epics as Sergio Leone's Once Upon a Time in the West and lighter roles in family comedies like Yours, Mine and Ours with Lucille Ball. Fonda was the patriarch of a family of famous actors, including daughter Jane Fonda, son Peter Fonda, granddaughter Bridget Fonda, and grandson Troy Garity. His family and close friends called him "Hank". In 1999, he was named the sixth-Greatest Male Star of All Time by the American Film Institute. The Fonda family had migrated from Genoa, Italy, to the Netherlands in the 15th
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    Hillard Elkins

    • Films Produced: A New Leaf
    Hillard (Hilly) Elkins (October 18, 1929 – December 1, 2010) was an American theatre and film producer. Born in Brooklyn in New York City, Elkins attended Erasmus Hall and Midwood High Schools and Brooklyn College. At the age of eighteen he already had his degree and was studying law while working in the mail room at the William Morris Agency, quickly moving up the ranks to agent and then head of the theatrical department. After serving in the Korean War by making training films in Manhattan, he returned to agency work, but in 1953 left to open his own management company, where he represented James Coburn, Robert Culp, Steve McQueen, Mel Brooks, Herbert Ross, Charles Strouse, and Lee Adams. Elkins turned to Broadway theatre producing in 1962 with the Garson Kanin play Come on Strong. The following year, he saw former client Sammy Davis, Jr. performing at the Prince of Wales Theatre in London, and approached him about starring in a musical version of Clifford Odets' Golden Boy. When Davis expressed interest, Elkins lured Odets out of semi-retirement to write the book (revised by William Gibson when Odets died) and hired Strouse and Adams to compose the score. The 1964 Broadway
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    Jeffrey D. Ivers

    • Films Produced: 8 Heads in a Duffel Bag
    • Films Executive Produced: An Inconvenient Truth
    Jeffrey D. Ivers is a film producer.
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    John Lafia

    • Films Produced: 10.5: Apocalypse
    John Lafia (born 1957) is an American film and television writer, director, and producer. He attended UCLA, where he received his Bachelors in Film. Lafia's first film was The Blue Iguana, which he wrote and directed. It was also screened out of competition at the 1988 Cannes Film Festival. He later went on to co-write the screenplay for 1988's Child's Play and direct Child's Play 2 (1990), as well as both writing and directing 1993's Man's Best Friend. In recent years he has transitioned to television, first directing a number of Babylon 5 episodes. He has also written and directed the NBC miniseries 10.5 and its sequel 10.5: Apocalypse.
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    Murali K. Thalluri

    • Films Produced: 2:37
    Murali Krishna Thalluri (born 4 August 1984) is an Australian film director, writer, and producer. Born in Canberra to Indian-born parents, he moved to Adelaide where he attended Rostrevor College before completing his education at University Senior College. Thalluri's first feature film 2:37 was completed when he was 22 years old and financed via private funding. It was screened at a number of international film festivals including the 2006 Cannes Film Festival, the Melbourne International Film Festival, the Toronto International Film Festival and the Tokyo International Film Festival.
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    Robert F. Colesberry

    • Films Produced: 61*
    • Films Executive Produced: Peroxide Passion
    Robert F. "Bob" Colesberry, Jr. (March 7, 1946 – February 9, 2004) was an American film and television producer and first assistant director notable for his work as a producer on the Emmy Award winning miniseries The Corner, the Peabody Award winning television series The Wire for HBO, and the Oscar-nominated movie Mississippi Burning. Colesberry died at the age of fifty-seven from complications following cardiac surgery in 2004. His death occurred soon after his directing debut on The Wire episode "Port in a Storm", which was the second season finale. "Final Grades", the final episode of the fourth season, and -30-, the final episode of the fifth season (also the Series Finale), were dedicated to him. Colesberry had a recurring cameo on The Wire as detective Ray Cole. In episode three of the third season, entitled Dead Soldiers, Detective Cole was said to have died suddenly while exercising at a gym. Other characters held an emotional wake for Detective Cole. Colesberry attended Southern Connecticut State University before transferring to the Tisch School of the Arts at New York University. At NYU he pursued a degree in drama. Since his death a scholarship has been set up in his
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    Todd Black

    • Films Produced: A Knight's Tale
    • Films Executive Produced: Stop! Or My Mom Will Shoot!
    Todd Black is a film producer.
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