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1. Ben Affleck – Benjamin Geza Affleck-Boldt is an American actor and filmmaker. Born in Berkeley, California and raised in Cambridge, Massachusetts, he acting as a child. He later appeared in the independent coming-of-age comedy Dazed and Confused and various Kevin Smith films including Chasing Amy, Affleck gained recognition when he and childhood friend Matt Damon won the Golden Globe and Academy Award for Best Original Screenplay for Good Will Hunting. He then established himself as a man in studio films including the disaster drama Armageddon, the war epic Pearl Harbor. After a career downturn, during which he appeared in Daredevil and Gigli, Afflecks directorial debut, Gone Baby Gone, which he also co-wrote, was well received. He then directed, co-wrote, and starred in the crime drama The Town. For the political thriller Argo, which he directed and starred in, Affleck won the Golden Globe and BAFTA Award for Best Director, and the Golden Globe, BAFTA and he starred in the psychological thriller Gone Girl. In 2016, Affleck began playing Batman in the DC Extended Universe, Affleck is the co-founder of the Eastern Congo Initiative, a grantmaking and advocacy-based nonprofit organization. He is also a member of the Democratic Party. His younger brother is actor Casey Affleck, with whom he has worked on films including Good Will Hunting. Following high-profile relationships with Gwyneth Paltrow and Jennifer Lopez, Affleck married Jennifer Garner in 2005, Affleck and Garner have three children together, and announced their separation in 2015. Benjamin Geza Affleck-Boldt was born on August 15,1972 in Berkeley and his family moved to Massachusetts when he was two, living in Falmouth, where his brother Casey was born, before settling in Cambridge. His mother, Christopher Anne Chris, was a Radcliffe College- and his father, Timothy Byers Affleck, worked sporadically as an auto mechanic, a carpenter, a bookie, an electrician, a bartender, and a janitor at Harvard University. In the mid-1960s, he had been an actor and stage manager with the Theater Company of Boston, during Afflecks childhood, his father had a self-described severe, chronic problem with alcoholism and Affleck has recalled him drinking all day, every day. His parents divorced when he was 12, and he and his brother lived with their mother. In the following years, his fathers life hit the skids, when Affleck was 16, his father moved to Indio, California to enter a rehabilitation facility and, after gaining sobriety, worked as an addiction counselor at the facility for many years. Affleck was raised in an active, liberal household. He and his brother were surrounded by people who worked in the arts, were taken to the theater by their motherBen Affleck – Affleck at the 2015 San Diego Comic-Con International
2. Wes Anderson – Wesley Wales Wes Anderson is an American film director, film producer, screenwriter, and actor. His films are known for their visual and narrative style. He received his first Academy Award nomination for Best Director and won the Golden Globe Award for Best Motion Picture – Musical or Comedy for The Grand Budapest Hotel in 2014 and he also received the BAFTA Award for Best Original Screenplay in 2015. His films are produced under his American Empirical Pictures banner, Anderson is regarded by many as a modern-day example of the auteur. Wesley Wales Anderson was born on May 1,1969, in Houston, Texas, the son of Texas Ann, a realtor and archaeologist, and Melver Leonard Anderson and he is the second of three boys, his parents divorced when he was eight. His elder brother, Mel, is a physician, and his brother, Eric Chase Anderson, is a writer and artist whose paintings. Anderson is of Swedish and Norwegian ancestry and he graduated from St. Johns School in Houston in 1987, which he later used as a prominent location throughout Rushmore. As a child, Anderson made silent films on his fathers Super 8 camera, starring his brothers and friends, Anderson attended college while working part-time as a cinema projectionist. He graduated from the University of Texas at Austin with a degree in philosophy in 1990, Andersons first film was Bottle Rocket, based on a short film that he made with Luke and Owen Wilson. It was a crime caper about a group of young Texans aspiring to achieve major heists and it was well reviewed but performed poorly at the box office. Andersons next film was Rushmore, a comedy about a high school students crush on an elementary school teacher starring Bill Murray. Murray has since appeared in every Anderson film to date, in 2000, filmmaker Martin Scorsese praised Bottle Rocket and Rushmore. The Royal Tenenbaums was Andersons next comedy-drama film, about a successful artistic New York City family and it represented his greatest success until Moonrise Kingdom in 2012, earning more than $50 million in domestic box office receipts. The Royal Tenenbaums was nominated for an Academy Award and ranked by an Empire poll as the 159th greatest film ever made, Andersons next feature was The Life Aquatic with Steve Zissou about a Jacques Cousteau-esque documentary filmmaker played by Bill Murray. It serves as a example of Andersons style, but its critical reception was less favorable than his previous films. They offered Anderson their soundtrack services for his The Darjeeling Limited, the Darjeeling Limited was about three emotionally distant brothers traveling together on a train in India. It reflected the dramatic tone of The Royal Tenenbaums but faced criticisms similar to The Life Aquatic. Anderson has acknowledged that he went to India to film the 2007 movie, the film starred Anderson staples Jason Schwartzman and Owen Wilson in addition to Adrien Brody, and the script was co-written by Anderson, Schwartzman, and Roman CoppolaWes Anderson – Anderson in 2012
3. William Peter Blatty – William Peter Blatty was an American writer and filmmaker best known for his 1971 novel The Exorcist and for the Academy Award-winning screenplay of its film adaptation. He also wrote and directed the sequel The Exorcist III, following completion of his masters degree in 1954, he joined the United States Air Force, where he worked in the Psychological Warfare Division. After service in the air force, he worked for the United States Information Agency in Beirut, some of his other notable works are the novels Elsewhere, Dimiter and Crazy. Blatty was born on January 7,1928, in New York City and he was the fifth and youngest child of Lebanese immigrants, Mary, a devout Catholic and the niece of a bishop, and Peter Blatty, a cloth cutter. His parents separated when he was a toddler, roosevelt when the President was cutting the ribbon for the Queens–Midtown Tunnel, telling him, For when you have company. He lived at 28 different addresses during his childhood because of nonpayment of rent and we never lived at the same address in New York for longer than two or three months at a time, Blatty told The Washington Post in 1972. Eviction was the order of the day and he attended Brooklyn Preparatory, a Jesuit school, on a scholarship and graduated as class valedictorian in 1946. He later attended Georgetown University on a scholarship, where he earned his bachelors degree in English in 1950, while studying for his masters degree at George Washington University, Blatty took menial jobs. Initially unable to find a job in teaching, he worked as a vacuum cleaner salesman, a beer truck driver. He earned his masters in English literature from the George Washington University in 1954 and he then enlisted in the United States Air Force, where he ultimately became head of the Policy Branch of the USAF Psychological Warfare Division. Mustering out of the Air Force, he joined the United States Information Agency and worked as an editor based in Beirut, in the 1950s, Blatty worked as the public relations director at Loyola University of Los Angeles and as a publicity director at the University of Southern California. He published his first book, Which Way to Mecca, Jack, in 1960, a humorous look at both his early life, and his work at the United States Information Agency in Lebanon. Thereafter, he never held a regular job and he then published the comic novels, John Goldfarb, Please Come Home. I, Billy Shakespeare, and Twinkle, Twinkle, Killer Kane and it was at this point that Blatty began a collaboration with director Blake Edwards, writing scripts for comedy films such as, A Shot in the Dark, What Did You Do in the War, Daddy. Gunn, and Darling Lili, a musical starring Julie Andrews, other screenplays include the film adaptation of John Goldfarb, Please Come Home. and The Great Bank Robbery. The book sold more than 13 million copies in the United States alone and was translated into over a dozen languages and he later adapted it with director William Friedkin into the film version. Blatty went on to win an Academy Award for his Exorcist screenplay, as well as Golden Globes for Best Picture and it also became the first horror film ever to be nominated for the best picture Oscar. The film was a commercial flop despite critical acclaim, Movie critic Jerry Stein called it a masterpiece in The Cincinnati Post, and Peter Travers described it as the finest large-scale American surrealist film ever made in People magazineWilliam Peter Blatty – William Peter Blatty in 2009
4. James Cameron – James Francis Jim Cameron is a Canadian filmmaker, director, producer, screenwriter, inventor, engineer, philanthropist, and deep-sea explorer. He first found success with the science fiction action film The Terminator. He then became a popular Hollywood director and was hired to write and direct Aliens and he found further critical acclaim for his use of special effects in Terminator 2, Judgment Day. After his film True Lies Cameron took on his biggest film at the time, Titanic, despite Avatar being his only movie made to date in 3D, Cameron is the most successful 3D film-maker in terms of box-office revenue. In the time between making Titanic and Avatar, Cameron spent several years creating many documentary films and co-developed the digital 3D Fusion Camera System, described by a biographer as part scientist and part artist, Cameron has also contributed to underwater filming and remote vehicle technologies. On March 26,2012, Cameron reached the bottom of the Mariana Trench and he is the first person to do this in a solo descent, and is only the third person to do so ever. In total, Camerons directorial efforts have grossed approximately US$2 billion in North America, not adjusted for inflation, Camerons Titanic and Avatar are the two highest-grossing films of all time at $2.19 billion and $2.78 billion respectively. Cameron also holds the achievement of having directed two of the three films in history to gross over $2 billion worldwide, in March 2011, he was named Hollywoods top earner by Vanity Fair, with estimated 2010 earnings of $257 million. Cameron was born in 1954 in Kapuskasing, Ontario, Canada, the son of Shirley, an artist and nurse, and Phillip Cameron and his paternal great-great-great-grandfather emigrated from Balquhidder, Scotland, in 1825. Cameron grew up in Chippawa, Ontario, and attended Stamford Collegiate School in Niagara Falls and his family moved to Brea, California in 1971, when Cameron was 17 years old. He dropped out of Sonora High School, then attended Brea Olinda High School to further his secondary education, Cameron enrolled at Fullerton College, a two-year community college, in 1973 to study physics. He switched to English, then dropped out before the start of the fall 1974 semester, next, he worked several jobs, including as a truck driver, writing when he had time. That way I could sit down and read it, and if theyd let me photocopy it, Cameron quit his job as a truck driver to enter the film industry after seeing Star Wars in 1977. When Cameron read Syd Fields book Screenplay, it occurred to him that science and art was possible. They raised money, rented camera, lenses, film stock and they dismantled the camera to understand how to operate it and spent the first half-day of the shoot trying to figure out how to get it running. He was the director, writer, producer, and production designer for Xenogenesis and he then became a production assistant on a film called Rock and Roll High School, though uncredited, in 1979. While continuing to educate himself in film-making techniques, Cameron started working as a miniature-model maker at Roger Corman Studios, making rapidly produced, low-budget productions taught Cameron to work efficiently and effectively. He soon found employment as an art director in the sci-fi movie Battle Beyond the Stars and he did special effects work design and direction on John Carpenters Escape from New York, acted as production designer on Galaxy of Terror, and consulted on the design of AndroidJames Cameron – Cameron in June 2012
5. Sofia Coppola – Sofia Carmina Coppola is an American screenwriter, director, producer and actress. In 2003, she received the Academy Award for Best Original Screenplay for the comedy-drama Lost in Translation, in 2010, with the drama Somewhere, she became the first American woman to win the Golden Lion, the top prize at the Venice Film Festival. Her father is director, producer and screenwriter Francis Ford Coppola, sofia Coppola was born in New York City, New York, the youngest child and only daughter of set decorator/artist Eleanor Coppola and director Francis Ford Coppola. Her father is of Italian descent, at fifteen, she interned with Chanel. Coppola is a 1989 graduate of St. Helena High School and she later attended Mills College and the California Institute of the Arts. After dropping out of college, Coppola started a line called Milkfed. Coppolas acting career, marked by frequent criticisms of nepotism, began while she was an infant, the best known of these early roles is her appearance in The Godfather as the infant Michael Francis Rizzi in the baptism scene. Coppola responded to a question about her role in The Godfather Part III in a 2013 interview, I didnt really think about the public aspect of it. People felt very attached to the Godfather films, I grew up with them being no big deal. I mean, I understand theyre great films but and it makes sense that people would have an opinion about it but I got a lot of attention I wasnt expecting. I was going to art school anyway so I was able to get back to what I was doing and it was before the Internet so magazines would come out but then the next month they were gone. There wasnt even as much paparazzi around then and she has since been quoted as saying that she was not hurt by the criticism from her role in The Godfather Part III, because she never especially wanted an acting career. Coppolas first short film was Lick the Star and it played many times on the Independent Film Channel. She made her film directing debut with The Virgin Suicides. It received critical acclaim upon its premiere in North America at the 2000 Sundance Film Festival and was released later that year and her second feature was Lost in Translation. Coppola won the Academy Award for her screenplay and three Golden Globe Awards including Best Picture Musical or Comedy. Her win for best original screenplay in 2003 made her a third-generation Oscar winner, in 2004, Coppola was invited to join the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences. Her third film was the biopic Marie Antoinette, adapted from the biography by British historian Antonia Fraser, Kirsten Dunst plays the title character, who marries King Louis XVI, played by Jason Schwartzman, Coppolas cousinSofia Coppola – Coppola at the 2014 Cannes Film Festival
6. Kevin Costner – Kevin Michael Costner is an American actor, director, producer, and musician. His accolades include two Academy Awards, three Golden Globe Awards, and one Emmy Award, Costner has played Eliot Ness in The Untouchables, Crash Davis in Bull Durham, Ray Kinsella in Field of Dreams, Lt. John J. He directed, produced, and starred in The Postman, Costner was born January 18,1955 in Lynwood, California. He grew up in Compton, California and he is the youngest of three boys, the middle of whom died at birth. His mother, Sharon Rae, was a worker, and his father, William Costner, was an electrician. His fathers heritage originates with German immigrants to North Carolina in the 1700s and Costner also has English, Irish, Scottish, Welsh and he instead enjoyed sports, took piano lessons, wrote poetry, and sang in the First Baptist Choir. He has stated that a viewing of the 1962 film How the West Was Won at the age of seven had formed his childhood. Spending his teenage years in parts of California as his fathers career progressed, Costner has described this as a period when he lost a lot of confidence. Costner lived in Ventura, then in Visalia, he attended Mt. Whitney High School and then moved to Orange County and he went on to earn a BA in marketing and finance from California State University, Fullerton in 1978. While at CSUF, he was a fraternity brother in Delta Chi. Costner became interested in acting while in his last year of college, Burton agreed to speak to Costner after he finished reading his book. Costner, who had been taking acting classes but had not told his wife about his desire to be an actor, watched Burton closely and approached when Burton gestured. Costner told Burton that he would prefer to avoid the drama that followed Burton, Burton replied, You have green eyes. After landing, Burtons limousine pulled up to the curb where Costner, Burton wished Costner luck, and the two would never meet again. Still, Costner credits Burton with partially contributing to his career, having agreed to undertake a job as a marketing executive, Costner began taking acting lessons five nights a week, with the support of his wife. His marketing job lasted 30 days, Costner allegedly made his film debut in the film Sizzle Beach, U. S. A. Although a biography claims it was filmed in the winter of 1978–79. Costner made a brief appearance in the Ron Howard film Night Shift. He is listed in the credits as Frat Boy No.1 and appears at the climax of a frat-style, blow-out party in the New York City morgue, Costner can be seen holding a beer and looking surprised at the sudden halt of celebrationKevin Costner – Costner at the 2014 Toronto International Film Festival
7. Michael De Luca – Michael De Luca is an American film producer and screenwriter. The former president of production at both New Line Cinema and DreamWorks, De Luca has been nominated for three Academy Awards for Best Picture, De Luca was born and raised in Brooklyn, New York. His mother was a German Jewish immigrant, and his father, De Luca began pursuing a career in showbuisness in 1986. Originally tapped to work as an editor, he rose fairly quickly through the ranks, thanks in part to his mentor, chair. De Luca did complete his degree from Tisch School of the Arts of New York University in 1995, in 1990, De Luca made his debut in the film industry as an associate producer on Leatherface, The Texas Chainsaw Massacre III. De Luca has been collecting comics since childhood and is a fan of comic books and graphic novels, in particular the works of Frank Miller. During his tenure at New Line Cinema, he oversaw a variety of films that would come to define the studio, including Seven, Friday, Boogie Nights, Austin Powers, Rush Hour, Blade and Magnolia. DeLuca wrote and produced Freddys Dead, The Final Nightmare, the entry in the long-running Nightmare on Elm Street franchise. After New Line Cinema, De Luca became President of Production at DreamWorks, after his contract with DreamWorks ended, De Luca signed a production deal with Sony Pictures and started his own production company, Michael De Luca Productions. His first release under his company was Ghost Rider starring Nicolas Cage, followed by 21. He was nominated for the Best Picture Oscar two years in a row for 2010s The Social Network and Moneyball and he received a third nomination in 2014 for producing Paul Greengrass Captain Phillips. De Luca also produced the 2011 remake of the classic vampire horror film film Fright Night. De Luca and Dana Brunetti reunited for Fifty Shades of Grey and it was a massive financial success, becoming one of the highest-grossing R-rated films of all time. In 2009, he married actress Angelique Madrid from Ft. Worth, Texas and they have a daughter, Skylar, and a son, Caden. Michael De Luca at the Internet Movie Database DeLuca Interview at Collider Variety DeLuca at HollywoodMichael De Luca – De Luca at the Toronto Film Festival, 2011
8. Cecil B. DeMille – Cecil Blount DeMille was an American filmmaker. Between 1913 and 1956, he made a total of 70 features and he is acknowledged as a founding father of the cinema of the United States and the most commercially successful producer-director in film history. His films were distinguished by their scale and by his cinematic showmanship. He made silent films of every genre, social dramas, comedies, Westerns, farces, morality plays, DeMille began his career as a stage actor in 1900. He later moved to writing and directing stage productions, some with Jesse Lasky, DeMilles first film, The Squaw Man, was also the first feature film shot in Hollywood. Its interracial love story made it a hit and it put Hollywood on the map. The continued success of his productions led to the founding of Paramount Pictures with Lasky and his first biblical epic, The Ten Commandments, was both a critical and financial success, it held the Paramount revenue record for twenty-five years. In 1927 he directed The King of Kings, a biography of Jesus of Nazareth, the Sign of the Cross was the first sound film to integrate all aspects of cinematic technique. Cleopatra was his first film to be nominated for the Academy Award for Best Picture, after more than thirty years in film production, DeMille reached the pinnacle of his career with Samson and Delilah, a biblical epic which did an all-time record business. Along with biblical and historical narratives, he directed films oriented toward neo-naturalism. He went on to receive his first nomination for the Academy Award for Best Director for his circus drama The Greatest Show on Earth and his last and most famous film, The Ten Commandments, is currently the sixth-highest-grossing film of all time, adjusted for inflation. He was also the first recipient of the Golden Globe Cecil B, DeMille Award, which was later named in his honor. There are several variants of DeMilles surname and his familys Dutch surname was originally spelled de Mil and then became de Mille. As an adult, he adopted the spelling DeMille for professional purposes, the family name de Mille was used by his children Cecilia, John, Richard, and Katherine. DeMilles brother William and his daughters, Margaret and Agnes, as well as DeMilles granddaughter, Cecilia de Mille Presley, Cecil Blount DeMille was born in Ashfield, Massachusetts, while his parents were vacationing there, and grew up in Washington, North Carolina. His father, Henry Churchill de Mille, was a North Carolina-born dramatist and lay reader in the Episcopal Church and his mother was Matilda Beatrice DeMille, whose parents were both of German Jewish heritage. She emigrated from England with her parents in 1871 when she was 18, Beatrice grew up in a middle-class English household. DeMilles mother was related to British politician Herbert Louis Samuel, DeMilles parents met as members of a music and literary society in New YorkCecil B. DeMille – Cecil B. DeMille, c. 1920
9. Kirk Douglas – Kirk Douglas is an American actor, producer, director, and author. He is one of the last living people of the film industrys Golden Age, after an impoverished childhood with immigrant parents and six sisters, he had his film debut in The Strange Love of Martha Ivers with Barbara Stanwyck. Douglas soon developed into a leading box-office star throughout the 1950s and 1960s, known for dramas, including westerns. During a 64-year acting career, he has appeared in more than 90 movies, other early films include Young Man with a Horn, playing opposite Lauren Bacall and Doris Day, Ace in the Hole opposite Jan Sterling, and Detective Story. He received a second Oscar nomination for his role in The Bad and the Beautiful, opposite Lana Turner. In 1955, he established Bryna Productions, which began producing films as varied as Paths of Glory, in those two films, he starred and collaborated with the then relatively unknown director, Stanley Kubrick. Douglas helped break the Hollywood blacklist by having Dalton Trumbo write Spartacus with an official on-screen credit and he produced and starred in Lonely Are the Brave, considered a cult classic, and Seven Days in May, opposite Burt Lancaster, with whom he made seven films. In 1963, he starred in the Broadway play One Flew Over the Cuckoos Nest, a story he purchased, which he gave to his son Michael Douglas. As an actor and philanthropist, Douglas has received three Academy Award nominations, an Oscar for Lifetime Achievement, and the Presidential Medal of Freedom, as an author, he has written ten novels and memoirs. Currently, he is No.17 on the American Film Institutes list of the greatest male screen legends of classic Hollywood cinema, after barely surviving a helicopter crash in 1991 and then suffering a stroke in 1996, he has focused on renewing his spiritual and religious life. He lives with his wife, Anne, a producer. He turned 100 on December 9,2016, Douglas was born Issur Danielovitch in Amsterdam, New York, the son of Bryna Bertha and Herschel Harry Danielovitch. His parents were Jewish immigrants from Chavusy, Mogilev Region, in the Russian Empire, and his fathers brother, who emigrated earlier, used the surname Demsky, which Douglass family adopted in the United States. Douglas grew up as Izzy Demsky and legally changed his name to Kirk Douglas before entering the United States Navy during World War II. Even on Eagle Street, in the poorest section of town, where all the families were struggling, and I was the ragmans son. Growing up, Douglas sold snacks to mill workers to earn enough to buy milk, later, he delivered newspapers and during his youth worked at more than forty different jobs before getting a job acting. He found living in a family with six sisters to be stifling, in a sense, it lit a fire under me. In high school, after acting in plays, he knew he wanted to become a professional actorKirk Douglas – Douglas in 1969.
10. Michael Douglas – Michael Kirk Douglas is an American actor and producer. Douglass career includes a range of films in independent and blockbuster genres, for which he has received a number of accolades. These awards include the Golden Globe Cecil B. Douglas is the son of Kirk Douglas. He received his Bachelor of Arts in Drama from the University of California and his early acting roles included film, stage, and television productions. Douglas first achieved prominence for his performance in the ABC police procedural television series The Streets of San Francisco, in 1975 Douglas produced One Flew Over the Cuckoos Nest, having acquired the rights to the Ken Kesey novel from his father. The film received critical and popular acclaim, and won the Academy Award for Best Picture, after leaving The Streets of San Francisco in 1976, Douglas went on to produce films including The China Syndrome and Romancing the Stone. He won the Golden Globe Award for Best Motion Picture - Musical or Comedy for Romancing the Stone, in which he also starred and he reprised the role in the sequel Wall Street, Money Never Sleeps. Douglass subsequent film roles included, Black Rain, The War of the Roses, Basic Instinct, The American President, The Game, Traffic and Wonder Boys, Solitary Man, and Ant-Man. Douglas was born in New Brunswick, New Jersey, the first child of actors Kirk Douglas and his parents met at the American Academy of Dramatic Arts. His paternal grandparents were Jewish immigrants from Chavusy, and his father was born Issur Danielovitch and his mother was from Devonshire Parish, Bermuda, and had English, Irish, Scottish, Welsh, French, Belgian, and Dutch ancestry. Douglas has a brother, Joel Douglas, and two paternal half-brothers, Peter Douglas and Eric Douglas, from stepmother Anne Buydens. Douglas attended The Allen-Stevenson School in New York City, Eaglebrook School in Deerfield, Massachusetts and he received his B. A. in drama from the University of California, Santa Barbara in 1968, where he was also the Honorary President of the UCSB Alumni Association. He studied acting with Wynn Handman at The American Place Theatre in New York City and his first TV breakthrough role came with a 1969 CBS-TV Playhouse special, The Experiment—and it was the only time he was billed as M. K. Douglas. Michael Douglas started his career in the late 1960s and early 1970s, appearing in little known films such as Hail. Adam at 6 A. M. and Summertree, earned him a nomination for the Golden Globe Award for Most Promising Male Newcomer. His first significant role came in the TV series The Streets of San Francisco from 1972 to 1976, Douglas later said that Malden became a mentor and someone he admired and loved deeply. After Douglas left the show, he had an association with his mentor until Maldens death on July 1,2009. In 2004, Douglas presented Malden with the Monte Cristo Award of the Eugene ONeill Theater Center in Waterford, in 1975, Douglas received from his father, Kirk Douglas, the rights to the novel One Flew Over the Cuckoos NestMichael Douglas – Douglas at the 2013 Deauville Film Festival
11. Brian Grazer – Brian Thomas Grazer is an American film and television producer. He co-founded Imagine Entertainment in 1986, with Ron Howard, the films they produced have grossed over $13 billion. The movies include four for which Grazer was personally nominated for an Academy Award, Splash, Apollo 13, A Beautiful Mind and his films and TV series have been nominated for 43 Academy Awards, and 131 Emmys. In 2002, Grazer won an Oscar for Best Picture for A Beautiful Mind, in 2007, he was named one of Times 100 Most Influential People in the World. Grazer was born in Los Angeles, California, to Arlene Becker Grazer and he is the older brother of Nora Beth Grazer and actor/director Gavin Grazer. He was raised in Sherman Oaks and Northridge, in Los Angeless San Fernando Valley, Grazers mother is Jewish and his father was Catholic, and he described himself in 2000 as half-Jewish. Subsequently, third-party reports conflicted as to whether he was Jewish or a practicing Christian and his parents divorced when he was in high school. Grazer said My best buddy, the most important person in my growing up, was my little 4-foot-10 Jewish grandmother, no ones going to get it for you, Brian. Grazer won a scholarship to the University of Southern California as a psychology major and he graduated from USCs School of Cinema-Television in 1974. He then attended USC Law School for one year, but quit in 1975 to pursue a life in Hollywood, Grazer began his career as a producer developing television projects. While executive-producing TV pilots at Paramount Pictures in the early 1980s, he met current long-time friend and 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, Splash earned him an Oscar nomination for Best Original Screenplay of 1984. In 1986, Grazer and Howard co-founded Imagine Entertainment, which one of Hollywoods most prolific. Over the years, Grazers films and TV shows have been nominated for a total of 43 Academy Awards, at the same time, his movies have generated more than $13.5 billion in worldwide theatrical, music, and video grosses. Grazers early film successes include Parenthood and Backdraft and he produced Apollo 13, for which he won the Producers Guild of America’s Daryl F. Zanuck Motion Picture Producer of the Year Award, as well as an Oscar nomination for Best Picture of 1995. In 1998, he earned two honors, he was given his own star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame. In 2001, Grazer won an Academy Award for Best Picture for A Beautiful Mind, which took home Oscars for Best Supporting Actress, Best Director. In 2002, Grazers 8 Mile was released and it proved not only to be a huge box office hit, but also the first film with a rap song to win a Best Original Song Oscar, for Eminems Lose YourselfBrian Grazer – Grazer at the 2011 Tribeca Film Festival Vanity Fair party
12. Grant Heslov – As a co-producer of Argo, he received the Academy Award for Best Picture in 2013. As an actor, he has appeared in films including True Lies, Black Sheep, Enemy of the State and The Scorpion King, Heslov was born in Los Angeles, and was raised in its Palos Verdes area. His father, Arthur, was a dentist and his mother, Kerrie and he has two older brothers, Steven and Michael. In He attended Palos Verdes High School, the University of Southern California along with friend Tate Donovan and he is a member of Phi Kappa Psi. Heslov is married to Lysa Hayland-Heslov, a producer, heslovs acting credits include films like True Lies, Dantes Peak, Enemy of the State, The Scorpion King, Good Night and Good Luck, Congo, Black Sheep, and Catch Me If You Can. He also appeared in such TV series as Happy Days, Family Ties, Mamas Family, L. A. Law, Matlock, Sleeper Cell, in August 2006, Heslov and George Clooney started Smokehouse Pictures and began writing screenplays for production. He was nominated for an Academy Award for Best Original Screenplay and as producer Best Film for Good Night, Heslov also appears in the film as Don Hewitt, the director of the TV series See It Now, around which the movie is centered. He directed an adaptation of The Men Who Stare At Goats, starring Clooney, Ewan McGregor, Jeff Bridges. He also worked on 2011s The Ides of March, in June 2012, he was invited to join the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences. Heslov, alongside Clooney and Ben Affleck, won for the Best Picture Oscar for the 2012 film Argo, the three men have also won the Golden Globe Award for Best Motion Picture – Drama, the BAFTA Award for Best Film, and other awards. Grant Heslov at the Internet Movie Database Grant Heslov at AllMovieGrant Heslov – Heslov at the 2009 Toronto International Film festival for the premier of The Men Who Stare at Goats
13. Mark Johnson (producer) – Mark Johnson is an American film producer. Johnson won the Best Picture Academy Award for producing the 1988 drama movie Rain Man, starring Dustin Hoffman, the film, winner of four Oscars, also captured a Golden Globe for Best Picture. Johnson was born in Washington, D. C. the son of Dorothy, a realtor, and Emery Johnson and he graduated from the University of Virginia in 1971. Johnson first became involved in business in 1965, as an actor playing the sheriffs deputy in the Spanish spaghetti western Brandy. He spent ten years of his youth in Spain, where he worked as an extra in films such as Franklin Schaffners Nicholas and Alexandra. His early experiences led to acting roles in the European western Ride and Kill. After earning an degree in Drama from the University of Virginia. There he entered the Directors Guild training program, one of his first projects was Paul Mazurskys autobiographical drama Next Stop, Greenwich Village. As part of Baltimore Pictures, his partnership with Levinson, Johnson produced all of the films from 1982–1994. Bugsy also captured a Best Picture Golden Globe Award, under his new banner, Johnson produced the comedy Home Fries, starring Drew Barrymore, and the dramatic thriller Donnie Brasco, starring Al Pacino and Johnny Depp. He also served as producer for CBS-TVs L. A. Doctors and Falcone, and for the hit drama The Guardian, in recent years Johnson produced Nick Cassavetess drama The Notebook, The Wendell Baker Story, which marked the directorial debuts of brothers Luke and Andrew Wilson, and How to Eat Fried Worms. He is working with Guillermo del Toro to produce the movie adaption of David Moodys novel Hater, in 2005 Johnson produced The Chronicles of Narnia, The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe, directed by Andrew Adamson and starring Tilda Swinton. The film was nominated for three Academy Awards and three BAFTAs, winning one of each, in 2008 he produced a sequel, Prince Caspian. The third film in the Narnia series, The Voyage of the Dawn Treader and he produced 2015s thriller Secret in Their Eyes. Johnson was a producer on AMCs Emmy Award-winning series Breaking Bad. He is also a producer on the Sundance Channel original series Rectify. Johnson is a member of the Board of Governors of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts, Mark Johnson Biography – Yahoo Movies Mark Johnson at the Internet Movie DatabaseMark Johnson (producer) – Mark Johnson (2010)
14. Ross Katz – Ross Katz is an American film producer, screenwriter and film director. Prior to becoming a producer, Katz was a commercial rock DJ on 94 WYSP FM in Philadelphia and he got his start in movies working as a grip on Quentin Tarantinos Reservoir Dogs, then interned at Good Machine eventually becoming Ted Hopes assistant. It was Hope who encouraged Katz to try his hand at producing and his first effort was Jim Falls Trick. The film was one of the independents to explore homosexual cinema treated as romantic comedy. Next he co-executive produced, along with Ted Hope & Anne Carey, the mini-series version of The Laramie Project was adapted by Kaufman and members of New Yorks Tectonic Theater Project who went to Laramie, Wyoming after the murder of Matthew Shepard. The piece is based on more than 200 interviews they conducted while there, the mini-series mixes real news reports with actors portraying friends, family, cops, killers, and other Laramie residents in their own words. It concludes with a Laramie staging of Angels in America a year after Shephards death, Katz went on to co-produce two Academy Award Best Picture nominees, Todd Fields In the Bedroom and Sofia Coppolas Lost in Translation. In 2009 Katz returned to HBO for another real-life story Taking Chance and this was his directorial debut and was praised by television critics for its reverence and sensitivity to the men in uniform. Based on a story, the brief film — it runs less than 90 minutes — follows the journey of a fallen U. S. Marine. Chance Phelps, as his body makes its way across the country accompanied by a Marine escort, Strobl wrote about the experience in 2004 and his journal entry has been e-mailed and posted online, where it gained an avid following. He was nominated for an Emmy and co-won the WGA Award in Long Form adaptation at the Writers Guild of America Awards 2009 with Michael Strobl. Katz has had three films in competition at the Sundance Film Festival and was invited to join the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences in 2005Ross Katz – Katz speaking before the premiere of Taking Chance, which he directed, in February 2009
15. Elia Kazan – Elia Kazan was a Greek-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 Istanbul, to Cappadocian Greek parents, after attending Williams College and then the Yale School of Drama, he acted professionally for eight years, later joining the Group Theater in 1932, and co-founded the Actors Studio in 1947. With Robert Lewis and Cheryl Crawford, his actors studio introduced Method Acting under the direction of Lee Strasberg, Kazan acted in a few films, including City for Conquest. Noted for drawing out the best dramatic performances from his actors, he directed 21 actors to Oscar nominations and he directed a string of successful films, including A Streetcar Named Desire, On the Waterfront, and East of Eden. During his career, he won two Oscars as Best Director and received an Honorary Oscar, won three Tony Awards, and four Golden Globes and his films were concerned with personal or social issues of special concern to him. Kazan writes, I dont move unless I have some empathy with the basic theme and his first such issue film was Gentlemans Agreement, with Gregory Peck, which dealt with anti-Semitism in America. It received 8 Oscar nominations and 3 wins, including Kazans first for Best Director and it was followed by Pinky, one of the first films in mainstream Hollywood to address racial prejudice against black people. In 1954, he directed On the Waterfront, a film about corruption on the New York harbor waterfront. A Streetcar Named Desire, an adaptation of the play which he had also directed, received 12 Oscar nominations, winning 4. In 1955, he directed John Steinbecks East of Eden, which introduced James Dean to movie audiences and his testimony helped end the careers of former acting colleagues Morris Carnovsky and Art Smith, along with ending the work of playwright Clifford Odets. Kazan later justified his act by saying he took only the more tolerable of two alternatives that were either way painful and wrong, nearly a half-century later, his anti-Communist testimony continued to cause controversy. When Kazan was awarded an honorary Oscar in 1999, dozens of actors not to applaud as 250 demonstrators picketed the event. Kazan influenced the films of the 1950s and 60s with his provocative, Director Stanley Kubrick called him, without question, the best director we have in America, capable of performing miracles with the actors he uses. Film author Ian Freer concludes that if his achievements are tainted by political controversy, in 2010, Martin Scorsese co-directed the documentary film A Letter to Elia as a personal tribute to Kazan. Elia Kazan was born in the Fener district of Istanbul, to Cappadocian Greek parents originally from Kayseri in Anatolia and his parents, George and Athena Kazantzoglou, emigrated to the United States when he was four years old. He was named after his grandfather, Elia Kazantzoglou. His maternal grandfather was Isaak Shishmanoglou, elias brother, Avraam, was born in Berlin and later became a psychiatrist. As a young boy, he was remembered as being shy, much of his early life was portrayed in his autobiographical book, America America, which he made into a film in 1963Elia Kazan – Elia Kazan, c. 1960
16. David Kirkpatrick (producer) – David Paul Kirkpatrick is an American film producer, studio executive and writer. Kirkpatrick was chief of production at two studios at the time, Walt Disney Pictures and Touchstone Pictures. Kirkpatrick was raised as a Catholic in the state of Ohio and he graduated from Hudson High School in Hudson Ohio in 1969. Kirkpatricks screenplay Dynamite Woman was produced in 1976 and distributed by New World Pictures, shortly after, he took a position in the story department at Paramount Pictures. Kirkpatrick worked his way up the ranks at Paramount making his name by overseeing Paramounts exclusive development deal with Eddie Murphy, both Kirkpatrick and Katzenberg were involved in the development of Coming to America and the subsequent Buchwald v. Paramount breach of contract lawsuit. The case was the subject of the 1992 book Fatal Subtraction, Kirkpatrick was also instrumental in replacing Hunt for Red October star Alec Baldwin with Harrison Ford in the Jack Ryan franchise. Baldwin revealed this in a March 2011 column on The Huffington Post, in which he accused Kirkpatrick of back-handed dealings in the matter, during that period, he oversaw The Little Mermaid, Pretty Woman and Dead Poets Society among other films, before returning to Paramount. Kirkpatrick left his post at Paramount after finding his office furniture on the lawn after an altercation with fellow executive Stanley R. Jaffe. Afterward, he entered into a deal with the company and then produced The Brady Bunch Movie, and The Evening Star. He then formed his own production company Original Voices concentrating on smaller projects, producing the independent hits Big Night and The Opposite of Sex. In 2006, Kirkpatrick co-founded Good New Holdings, an entertainment company that produced spiritainment. The company and Kirkpatrick were featured in a The New York Times profile, the title of the profile refers to the battle outlined in Ephesians 6,12 regarding the struggle over souls. After leaving Good News Holdings, Kirkpatrick co-founded Plymouth Rock Studios, in November 2009, the Studio had announced that it had secured $500 million in financing. Kirkpatrick and Plymouth Rock Studios parted ways in June 2010, Kirkpatrick took a position in 2011 with the Rock Organization. It is a Christian worldview foundation based in the Midwestern United States and he is working on a transmedia event on the life of Jesus Christ. David Kirkpatrick produced the 1996 HBO film Rasputin that won the Golden Globe for Best Mini-Series of Motion Picture Made for Television, alan Rickman won both the Emmy and the Golden Globe for his title performance role in the mini-series. Kirkpatrick also produced The Opposite of Sex, which received the 1999 Independent Spirit Award for Best First Feature, in 2007, he became the first recipient of the David Award the lifetime achievement award from Regent University, a Christian college, for redemptive work in the entertainment field. The award derives its name from the David of the Old Testament, David Kirkpatrick at the Internet Movie DatabaseDavid Kirkpatrick (producer) – David Paul Kirkpatrick
17. Stanley Kramer – Stanley Earl Kramer was an American film director and producer, responsible for making many of Hollywoods most famous message films. As an independent producer and director, he brought attention to social issues that most studios avoided. Among the subjects covered in his films were racism, nuclear war, greed, creationism vs. evolution and his other notable films included High Noon, The Caine Mutiny, and Ship of Fools. Kramer was recognized for his independence as a producer-director, with author Victor Navasky writing that among the independents. None seemed more vocal, more liberal, more pugnacious than young Stanley Kramer and his friend, Kevin Spacey, during his acceptance speech at the 2015 Golden Globes, honored Kramers work, calling him one of the great filmmakers of all time. In 1961, he received the Irving G. Thalberg Memorial Award, in 1963, he was a member of the jury at the 3rd Moscow International Film Festival. In 1998, he was awarded the first NAACP Vanguard Award in recognition of the social themes that ran through his body of work. In 2002, the Stanley Kramer Award was created, to be given to recipients for work that dramatically illustrates provocative social issues, Stanley Kramer was born in Manhattan, New York, in a neighborhood known as Hells Kitchen due to its reputation as a tough, gang-ridden area. His parents were Jewish, and having separated when he was very young and his mother worked at a New York office of Paramount Pictures, during which time his grandparents took care of him at home. His uncle, Earl Kramer, worked in distribution at Universal Pictures, Kramer attended DeWitt Clinton High School in The Bronx, where he graduated at age fifteen. He then enrolled in New York University where he became a member of the Pi Lambda Phi fraternity and he graduated in 1933 at the age of nineteen with a degree in business administration. After developing a zest for writing with the newspaper, notes biographer Donald Spoto, he was offered an internship in the writing department of 20th Century Fox. Until receiving that writing job, he had planned to enroll in law school and those years as an apprentice writer and editor helped him acquire an exceptional aptitude in editing and develop the ability to understand the overall structure of the films he worked on. They enabled him to compose and edit in camera, as he shot scenes. He left the army with the rank of first lieutenant, after the war, Kramer soon discovered that there were no available jobs in Hollywood in 1947, so he created an independent production company, Screen Plays Inc. He partnered with writer Herbie Baker, publicist George Glass and producer Carl Foreman, Foreman justified the production company by noting that the big studios had become dinosaurs, which, being shocked by the onrush of television, jettisoned virtually everything to survive. But they failed to develop cadres of younger creative talent in their wake, Kramer also saw this as an opportunity to produce films dealing with subjects the studios previously avoided, especially those about controversial topics. However, Kramer soon learned that financing such independent films was a major obstacle, but with studios no longer involved, rival independent companies were created which all competed for those limited fundsStanley Kramer – circa 1955
18. Jon Landau (film producer) – For the music writer, manager, and record producer, see Jon Landau. Jon Landau is an American film producer, Landau was born in New York City, New York, the son of Edie, a producer, and Ely A. Landau, a studio executive and producer. He is from a Jewish family and he attended the USC School of Cinematic Arts. He is best known for producing Titanic, a film won him an Academy Award. Throughout the early 90s, Landau was Executive Vice President of Feature Film Production at Twentieth Century Fox, Avatar earned Landau his second Academy Award nomination, although the award went to the producers of The Hurt LockerJon Landau (film producer) – Landau in 2010
19. Thomas Langmann – Thomas Langmann is a French film producer and actor, known for producing The Artist, for which he received an Academy Award for Best Picture as producer in 2012. He became a producer in the early 2000s. During the filming of Asterix at the Olympic Games, he was arrested for employing prostitutes, in 2011, Langmann produced the black and white, silent film The Artist with director Michel Hazanavicius. He was unable to attract investors to the project and self-financed the film. He won the Academy Award for the film at the 2012 Oscars and he was invited to join the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences in June 2012 along with 175 other individuals. Langmann was born in Paris, France, the son of Anne-Marie Rassam and his uncle was the late producer Jean-Pierre Rassam and his brother was the late French actor Julien Rassam. Both his mother and his brother committed suicide, in 1997 and in 2002, respectively and he has a younger half-brother from his fathers later relationship, Darius Langmann. His father Claude Berri was Jewish, and his mother Anne-Marie Rassam, in 2008, Langmann was sentenced to four months in prison for assaulting his long-term girlfriend Frédérique, with whom he had a daughter in 2002. Langmann married French journalist Céline Bosquet on June 21,2013Thomas Langmann – Langmann at the César Awards 2012
20. Arthur Laurents – Arthur Laurents was an American playwright, stage director and screenwriter. His early film scripts include Rope for Alfred Hitchcock, followed by Anastasia, Bonjour Tristesse, The Way We Were, born Arthur Levine, Laurents was the son of middle-class Jewish parents, a lawyer and a schoolteacher who gave up her career when she married. He was born and raised in the Flatbush section of Brooklyn, a borough of New York City, New York and his sister Edith suffered from chorea as a child. His paternal grandparents were Orthodox Jews, and his mothers parents and his mother kept a kosher home for her husbands sake, but was lax about attending synagogue and observing the Jewish holidays. His Bar Mitzvah marked the end of Laurentss religious education and the beginning of his rejection of all fundamentalist religions, However, late in life he admitted to having changed his last name from Levine to the less Jewish-sounding Laurents, to get a job. After graduating from Cornell University, Laurents took a class in radio writing at New York University. It was Laurents first professional credit, the shows success led to him being hired to write scripts for various radio shows, among them Lux Radio Theater. Laurents career was interrupted when he was drafted into the U. S. Army in the middle of World War II and he later was reassigned to write plays for Armed Service Force Presents, a radio show that dramatized the contributions of all branches of the armed forces. According to John Clum, Laurents was always a mirror of his times, through his best work, one sees a staged history of leftist, gender, and gay politics in the decades after World War II. After graduating from Cornell University in 1937, Laurents went to work as a writer for drama at CBS in New York. Laurents’s work in radio and film during World War II was an excellent apprenticeship for a budding playwright and he also had the good fortune to be based in New York City. His first stage play, Home of the Brave, was produced in 1945, the sale of the play to a film studio gave Laurents the entrée he needed to become a Hollywood screenwriter though he continued, with mixed success, to write plays. The most important of his early screenplays is his adaptation of Rope for Alfred Hitchcock, soon after being discharged from the Army, Laurents met ballerina Nora Kaye, and the two became involved in an on-again, off-again romantic relationship. While Kaye was on tour with Fancy Free, Laurents continued to write for the radio but was becoming discontented with the medium. His next project was the stage musical Anyone Can Whistle, which he directed and for which he wrote the book and he later had success with the musicals Hallelujah, Baby. and La Cage Aux Folles, which he directed, but Nick & Nora was another flop. While preparing West Side Story, he noted, The musical theatre, the production is on a national tour with direction by David Saint, who was Laurents assistant director on the Broadway production. The Spanish lyrics and dialog have been reduced from about 18% of the total to about 10%, Laurents first Hollywood experience proved to be a frustrating disappointment. Unhappy with the script for The Snake Pit, submitted by Frank Partos and Millen Brand, Partos and Brand later insisted the bulk of the shooting script was theirs, and produced carbon copies of many of the pages Laurents actually had written to bolster their claimArthur Laurents – Laurents in 1984
21. Richard Linklater – Richard Stuart Linklater is an American filmmaker, screenwriter, and actor. Linklater is mostly known for his realistic and natural humanist films which mainly revolve around suburban culture, in 2002 he began filming Boyhood, a passion project which took over twelve years to finish. The film was premiered in 2014 to critical acclaim, Linklater won the Golden Globe, Critics Choice Movie Awards and BAFTAs for Best Director and Best Picture. He also received his first nomination for the Academy Award for Best Director, along with nominations for Original Screenplay, in 2015, Time magazine named Linklater one of the 100 most influential people in the world on the annual Time 100 list. Many of his films are noted for their loosely structured narrative, films and Boyhood – feature the same actors filmed over an extended period of years. He is also known for loyalty to his actors, having worked with Ethan Hawke, Linklater was born in Houston, Texas, the son of Diane Margaret, who taught at Sam Houston State University, and Charles W. Linklater, III. He attended Huntsville High School in Huntsville, Texas, during grades 9-11, as a teen, Linklater also won a Scholastic Art and Writing Award. Linklater studied at Sam Houston State University, until dropping out to work on an oil rig in the Gulf of Mexico. He frequently read novels on the rig and, upon returning to land, at this point, Linklater realized he wanted to be a filmmaker. He used his savings to buy a Super-8 camera, a projector, and editing equipment and he was influenced by Martin Scorsese Robert Bresson, Yasujirō Ozu, Rainer Werner Fassbinder, Josef Von Sternberg, and Carl Theodor Dreyer. He enrolled in Austin Community College in the fall of 1984 to study film, since his early 20s, Linklater has been a vegetarian. In 2015, he explained the dietary lifestyle in a Boyhood-style documentary for PETA, Linklater founded the Austin Film Society in 1985 together with his frequent collaborator Lee Daniel. One of the mentors for the Film Society was former New York City critic for the Soho Weekly News George Morris who had relocated to Austin, Morris had previously written articles on Leo McCarey, Vincente Minnelli, George Sidney, and Douglas Sirk. For several years, Linklater made many films that were exercises. He finally completed his first feature, the rarely seen Its Impossible to Learn to Plow by Reading Books, the film is significant in the sense that it establishes most of Linklaters preoccupations. The film has his trademark style of camera movements and lack of narrative. These idiosyncrasies would be explored in detail in future projects. To this end Linklater created Detour Filmproduction, and subsequently made Slacker for only $23,000 and it went on to gross more than $1.25 millionRichard Linklater – Linklater in 2015
22. Cameron Mackintosh – Sir Cameron Anthony Mackintosh is a British theatrical producer notable for his association with many commercially successful musicals. At the height of his success in 1990, he was described as being the most successful, influential and he is the producer of shows such as Les Misérables, The Phantom of the Opera, Mary Poppins, Oliver. Mackintosh was knighted in 1996 for services to musical theatre, in 2008 The Daily Telegraph ranked him number 7 in their list of the 100 most powerful people in British culture. In the Sunday Times Rich List of 2011, Mackintosh was estimated to have a fortune of £675 million, Mackintosh was born in Enfield, London, the son of Diana Gladys, a production secretary, and Ian Robert Mackintosh, a timber merchant and jazz trumpeter. His father was Scottish, and his mother, a native of Malta, was of Maltese, Mackintosh was raised in his mothers Roman Catholic faith and educated at Prior Park College in Bath. He first knew that he wanted to become a producer after his aunt took him to a matinee of the Julian Slade musical Salad Days when he was 8 years old. Mackintosh began his career in his late teens, as a stagehand at the Theatre Royal, Drury Lane. He began producing his own small tours before becoming a London-based producer in the 1970s and his early London productions included Anything Goes in 1969, The Card, Side by Side by Sondheim, My Fair Lady and Tom Foolery. In 1981, he produced Andrew Lloyd Webbers Cats, then considered a subject for a musical. It became the hit of the season and went on to one of the longest running musicals on both sides of the Atlantic. After the success of Cats, he approached the French writing team Claude-Michel Schönberg, the musical opened in 1985 at the Barbican before transferring to the Palace Theatre. Les Misérables had a start at the box office and a lukewarm critical reception before becoming a massive hit. In 1986, Mackintosh produced Andrew Lloyd Webbers The Phantom of the Opera, the original London production is still running, along with the New York production, which is the longest-running Broadway musical of all time. Mackintosh has produced other successful musicals, including Five Guys Named Moe. In 1995, Mackintosh produced the 10th anniversary concert of Les Misérables in London, additionally he was responsible for presenting the West End transfers of the National Theatre revivals of Oklahoma. My Fair Lady, and Carousel. Walt Disney Theatrical president Thomas Schumacher met with Mackintosh in 2001 to discuss making Mary Poppins into a stage musical and he co-produced the London transfer of Avenue Q, which opened in the West End at the Noël Coward Theatre on 1 June 2006. In 1998, Mackintosh celebrated thirty years in business with Hey. A gala concert featuring songs from shows he had produced during his career, the concert was performed twice, on 7 and 8 June, with proceeds going to the Royal National Institute of Blind People and the Combined Theatrical CharitiesCameron Mackintosh – Mackintosh at the Australian Premiere of Les Misérables, in December 2012
23. Kevin McClory – Kevin ODonovan McClory was an Irish screenwriter, producer, and director. McClory was best known for adapting Ian Flemings James Bond character for the screen, for producing Thunderball, McClory was born in Dún Laoghaire, County Dublin, in 1924, and suffered from dyslexia. His grandmother, Alice McClory, was related to the Brontë family. McClorys parents, Thomas John ODonovan McClory and Winifred were actors, as a teenaged radio officer in the British Merchant Navy, McClory endured attacks by German U-boats on two different occasions. The first attack occurred on 20 September 1942 was while he was serving aboard The Mathilda, a U-Boat surfaced and attacked the ship with heavy machine gun fire. The crew of the ship fired back and the U-Boat retreated, the second attack occurred on 21 February 1943 when McClory was serving on the Norwegian tanker Stigstad, which was attacked by torpedo from multiple U-boats. The ship sank and McClory and the survivors made it to a life raft. They survived in conditions for two weeks and traveled more than 600 miles before being rescued off the coast of Ireland. Two seaman died on the raft and a third died soon after they were rescued, McClory suffered severe frostbite and lost the ability to speak for more than a year after the incident. When he recovered his voice he was left with a pronounced stammer and he served out the rest of the war in the British Navy. McClory started a career at Middlesexs Shepperton Studios as a boom operator and location manager. He was an assistant to John Huston on films including The African Queen and he was an Assistant Director on Hustons version of Moby-Dick, and Associate Producer and Second Unit Director on Mike Todds Around the World in 80 Days. McClory was romantically involved with Elizabeth Taylor, although he and Taylor reportedly had plans to marry, Taylor would eventually leave him for her future husband Mike Todd. Todd and McClory fell out over Taylor yet they managed to complete the cut of the film side by side. The trio would eventually reconcile and they remained friends until Todds untimely death in 1958, in 1957 McClory led an expedition of 25 men in an attempt to drive around the world. He filmed a documentary of the adventure, One Road, as well as a series of ads for his sponsor Ford Motor Company, the team completed the journey in 104 days. He later wrote, produced and directed the 1957 film, The Boy, Bryce was a close friend of Ian Fleming. In 1958 Fleming approached McClory to produce the first Bond film, McClory rejected all of Flemings books but felt that the character James Bond could be adapted for the screenKevin McClory – Kevin McClory in 1959
24. George Miller (director) – George Miller AO is an Australian film director, screenwriter, producer, and former medical doctor. He is best known for his Mad Max franchise, with The Road Warrior, aside from the Mad Max films, Miller has been involved in a wide range of projects. These include the Academy Award-winning Babe and Happy Feet film series, Miller is co-founder of the production houses Kennedy Miller Mitchell, formerly known as Kennedy Miller, and Dr. D Studios. His younger brother Bill Miller and Doug Mitchell have been producers on almost all the films in Millers later career, in 2006, Miller won the Academy Award for Best Animated Feature for Happy Feet. Miller was born in Brisbane, Queensland, to Greek immigrant parents, Dimitri Castrisios Miller, the couple married and settled in Chinchilla and had four sons, fraternal twins George and John, Chris, and Bill. George attended Ipswich Grammar School and later Sydney Boys High School, while in his final year at medical school, George and his younger brother Chris made a one-minute short film that won them first prize in a student competition. In 1972, Miller completed his residency at Sydneys St Vincents Hospital and that same year, Miller and Kennedy founded Kennedy Miller Productions. The pair subsequently collaborated on numerous works, after Kennedy died in 1983, Miller kept his name in the company. It was later renamed Kennedy Miller Mitchell in 2009 as a way to recognize producer Doug Mitchells role in the company, in 1979, Miller made his feature-length directorial debut with Mad Max. Based on a written by Miller and James McCausland in 1975. During the time between the second and third Mad Max films, Miller directed a remake of Nightmare at 20,000 Feet as a segment for the anthology film Twilight Zone and he also co-produced and co-directed many acclaimed miniseries for Australian television including The Dismissal and The Cowra Breakout. In 1987, Miller directed The Witches of Eastwick, starring Jack Nicholson, Susan Sarandon, Cher, the film, a black comedy, was centred around three women whose magical power is released after they meet a millionaire bachelor in a puritanical and wealthy New England town. The Witches of Eastwick proved to be an experience for Miller. I quit the film twice and Jack held me in there and he said just sit down, lose your emotion, and have a look at the work. If you think the work is good, stick with the film, I learnt more from him than anybody else I think I’d worked for – he was extraordinary. Following The Witches of Eastwick, Miller focused primarily on producing Australian projects and his role as producer of Flirting, Dead Calm and the TV miniseries Bangkok Hilton and Vietnam, all starring Nicole Kidman, was instrumental in the development of her career. Miller returned to directing with the release of Lorenzos Oil, which he co-wrote with Nick Enright, in 1993, Miller was hired to direct Contact based on the story by Carl Sagan and Ann Druyan. After working on the film for over a year, Warner Bros. and Miller mutually agreed to part ways, Miller also co-wrote the comedy-drama Babe and wrote and directed its sequel Babe, Pig in the CityGeorge Miller (director) – Miller at the 2015 Cannes Film Festival
25. Doug Mitchell (film producer) – Doug Mitchell is a film producer. Mitchells career as a producer began in the mid 1980s as a member of the Kennedy Miller production house based in Sydney, Australia. In the late 1980s he was nominated with George Miller and Terry Hayes on three occasions in the AACTA Award for Best Film category at the Australian Film Institute Awards. In 1987 they won best film for The Year My Voice Broke, were nominated in 1989 for Dead Calm, in 1995 Mitchell was nominated for an Academy Award with George Miller and his brother Bill Miller in the Academy Award for Best Picture category for the film Babe. In total the film was nominated for seven Academy Awards, winning the Academy Award for Best Visual Effects, in 2006 he was a producer with George Miller and Bill Miller of the computer-animated film Happy Feet. The film won the 2006 Academy Award for Best Animated Feature, the trio were nominated in the Outstanding Producer of Animated Theatrical Motion Pictures category for Happy Feet at the Producers Guild of America Awards 2006. Following the release of Happy Feet Two in 2011 they were nominated for the 2012 Asia Pacific Screen Award for Best Animated Feature Film, Mitchell received another Academy Award for Best Picture nomination with George Miller for Mad Max, Fury Road. The film was nominated for ten Academy Awards winning in six categories, the trio won the 2015 AACTA Award for Best Film. 1987, Won Australian Film Institute Award for The Year My Voice Broke, Best Film, with George Miller,1989, Australian Film Institute Award nomination for Dead Calm, Best Film, with George Miller and Terry Hayes. 1990, Won Australian Film Institute Award for Flirting, Best Film, with George Miller,1995, Won Golden Globe Award for Babe, Best Motion Picture – Musical or Comedy, with George Miller and Bill Miller. 1995, Academy Award nomination for Babe, Best Picture, with George Miller,1995, BAFTA Award nomination for Babe, Best Film, with George Miller, Bill Miller and Chris Noonan. 1995, Producers Guild of America Award nomination for Babe, Outstanding Producer of Theatrical Motion Pictures, with George Miller,2007, Producers Guild of America Award nomination for Happy Feet, Outstanding Producer of Animated Theatrical Motion Pictures, with George Miller and Bill Miller. 2012, Asia Pacific Screen Awards nomination for Happy Feet Two, Best Animated Feature Film, with George Miller, Bill Miller,2015, Won Australian Film Institute Award for Mad Max, Fury Road, Best Film, with P J Voeten and George Miller. 2015, Academy Award nomination for Mad Max, Fury Road, Best Picture,2015, Producers Guild of America Award nomination for Mad Max, Fury Road, Outstanding Producer of Theatrical Motion Pictures, with George Miller. 2015, Golden Globe nomination for Mad Max, Fury Road, Best Motion Picture – Drama, with George Miller, doug Mitchell at the Internet Movie DatabaseDoug Mitchell (film producer) – Doug Mitchell (right) with the cast and crew of Mad Max: Fury Road at the 2015 Cannes Film Festival.
26. Brad Pitt – William Bradley Brad Pitt in Shawnee Oklahoma. He is an American actor and producer and he has received multiple awards and nominations including an Academy Award as producer under his own company Plan B Entertainment. Pitt first gained recognition as a hitchhiker in the road movie Thelma & Louise. His first leading roles in big-budget productions came with the dramas A River Runs Through It and Legends of the Fall, Pitt starred in the cult film Fight Club and the heist film Oceans Eleven and its sequels, Oceans Twelve and Oceans Thirteen. As a public figure, Pitt has been cited as one of the most influential and powerful people in the American entertainment industry, as well as the worlds most attractive man and his personal life is also the subject of wide publicity. Divorced from actress Jennifer Aniston, to whom he was married for five years and they have six children together, three of whom were adopted internationally. In September 2016, Jolie filed for divorce from Pitt, William Bradley Pitt was born in Shawnee, Oklahoma, to William Bill Alvin Pitt, manager of a trucking company, and Jane Etta, a school counsellor. The family soon moved to Springfield, Missouri, where he lived together with his siblings, Douglas. Pitt has described Springfield as Mark Twain country, Jesse James country, having grown up with a lot of hills, Pitt attended Kickapoo High School, where he was a member of the golf, swimming and tennis teams. He participated in the schools Key and Forensics clubs, in school debates, following his graduation from high school, Pitt enrolled in the University of Missouri in 1982, majoring in journalism with a focus on advertising. As graduation approached, Pitt did not feel ready to settle down and he loved films—a portal into different worlds for me—and, since films were not made in Missouri, he decided to go to where they were made. Two weeks before earning his degree, Pitt left the university and moved to Los Angeles, while struggling to establish himself in Los Angeles, Pitt took lessons from acting coach Roy London. Pitts acting career began in 1987, with uncredited parts in the films No Way Out, No Mans Land and his television debut came in May 1987 with a two-episode role on the NBC soap opera Another World. In November of the same year Pitt had a guest appearance on the ABC sitcom Growing Pains and he appeared in four episodes of the CBS primetime series Dallas between December 1987 and February 1988 as Randy, the boyfriend of Charlie Wade. Later in 1988, Pitt made a guest appearance on the Fox police drama 21 Jump Street, in the same year, the Yugoslavian–U. S. Co-production The Dark Side of the Sun gave Pitt his first leading film role, the film was shelved at the outbreak of the Croatian War of Independence, and was not released until 1997. He made guest appearances on television series Head of the Class, Freddys Nightmares, Thirtysomething, and Growing Pains. Pitt was cast as Billy Canton, an addict who takes advantage of a young runaway in the 1990 NBC television movie Too Young to Die. the story of an abused teenager sentenced to death for a murderBrad Pitt – Pitt at the premiere of Fury in Washington D.C, October 2014
27. Steven Spielberg – Steven Allan Spielberg, KBE, OMRI is an American director, producer, and screenwriter. He is considered one of the pioneers of the New Hollywood era. He is also one of the co-founders of DreamWorks Studios, in a career spanning more than four decades, Spielbergs films have spanned many themes and genres. His other films include Jurassic Park, A. I, artificial Intelligence, and War of the Worlds. Spielberg won the Academy Award for Best Director for Schindlers List and Saving Private Ryan, three of Spielbergs films—Jaws, E. T. the Extra-Terrestrial, and Jurassic Park—achieved box office records, originated and came to epitomize the blockbuster film. The unadjusted gross of all Spielberg-directed films exceeds $9 billion worldwide and his personal net worth is estimated to be more than $3 billion. Spielberg was born in Cincinnati, Ohio, to an Orthodox Jewish family and his mother, Leah Posner, was a restaurateur and concert pianist, and his father, Arnold Spielberg, was an electrical engineer involved in the development of computers. His paternal grandparents were immigrants from Ukraine who settled in Cincinnati in the first decade of the 1900s, in 1950, his family moved to Haddon Township, New Jersey when his father took a job with RCA. Three years later, the moved to Phoenix, Arizona. Spielberg attended Hebrew school from 1953 to 1957, in classes taught by Rabbi Albert L. Lewis, as a child, Spielberg faced difficulty reconciling being an Orthodox Jew with the perception of him by other children he played with. It isnt something I enjoy admitting, he said, but when I was seven, eight, nine years old, God forgive me. I was embarrassed by the perception of my parents Jewish practices. I was never really ashamed to be Jewish, but I was uneasy at times, Spielberg also said he suffered from acts of anti-Semitic prejudice and bullying, In high school, I got smacked and kicked around. His first home movie was of a wreck involving his toy Lionel trains. Throughout his early teens, and after entering school, Spielberg continued to make amateur 8 mm adventure films. In 1958, he became a Boy Scout and fulfilled a requirement for the merit badge by making a nine-minute 8 mm film entitled The Last Gunfight. Years later, Spielberg recalled to an interviewer, My dads still-camera was broken. He said yes, and I got an idea to do a Western, I made it and got my merit badgeSteven Spielberg – Spielberg at the 2013 Cannes Film Festival
28. George Stevens – George Cooper Stevens was an American film director, producer, screenwriter and cinematographer. Among his most notable films are A Place in the Sun, Shane, Giant and 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 and 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 path to filmmaking and he broke into the movie business as a cameraman, working on many Laurel and Hardy short films, such as Night Owls. 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 and 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 own. In 1940, he directed Carole Lombard in Vigil in the Night, and the film has an ending for European audiences in recognition of World War II. During World War II, Stevens joined the U. S. Army Signal Corps and headed a unit from 1943 to 1946. Stevens also helped prepare the Duben and Dachau footage and other material for presentation during the Nuremberg Trials, in 2008, his footage was entered into the United States National Film Registry by the Library of Congress as an essential visual record of World War II. One result of his World War II experiences was that his subsequent films became more dramatic, the motion picture I Remember Mama from 1948 was the last movie that he made with comic scenes. He was responsible for such films as A Place in the Sun, Shane, The Diary of Anne Frank, Giant. He ended his career with the 1970 film The Only Game in Town with Warren Beatty. In the same year, he was head of the jury at the 20th Berlin International Film Festival, in 1973 he was a member of the jury at the 8th Moscow International Film Festival. Stevens was the father of television and film writer-producer-director George Stevens, Jr. the first CEO, George Jr. Stevens died following a heart attack on March 8,1975, on his ranch in Lancaster, California, north of Los Angeles. He is interred at Forest Lawn Memorial Park in the Hollywood Hills of Los Angeles, as a lieutenant colonel in the United States Army, Stevens headed the U. S. Army Signal Corps unit that filmed the Normandy landings and the liberation of the Dachau concentration camp. For these contributions, he was awarded the Legion of Merit, Stevens has a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame at 1701 Vine Street. He won the Academy Award for Best Director twice, in 1951 for A Place in the Sun and he was also nominated in 1943 for The More the Merrier, in 1954 for Shane, and in 1959 for The Diary of Anne Frank. The moving image collection of George Stevens is held at the Academy Film Archive, the film material at the Academy Film Archive is complemented by material in the George Stevens papers at the Academy’s Margaret Herrick LibraryGeorge Stevens – George Stevens with his Oscar for Giant
29. Jeremy Thomas – Jeremy Jack Thomas, CBE is a British film producer, founder and chairman of Recorded Picture Company. He produced Bernardo Bertoluccis The Last Emperor, which won the 1988 Academy Award for Best Picture, in 2006 he received a European Film Award for Outstanding European Achievement in World Cinema. His father was director Ralph Thomas, while his uncle Gerald Thomas directed all of the films in the Carry on franchise, Cinema has always been a part of Thomas life. He was born in London, England into a family with his father, Ralph Philip Thomas. His childhood ambition was to work in cinema, after editing Philippe Moras Brother, Can You Spare a Dime. He produced his first film Mad Dog Morgan in 1974 in Australia and he then returned to England to produce Jerzy Skolimowskis The Shout, which won the Grand Prix de Jury at the Cannes Film Festival. Thomas films are all individual and his independence of spirit has paid off both artistically and commercially. Lawrence, and The Hit directed by Stephen Frears, in 1986, Thomas produced Bernardo Bertoluccis epic, The Last Emperor, an independently financed project that was three years in the making. A commercial and critical triumph, the film swept the board at the 1987 Academy Awards, burroughs Naked Lunch, J. G. Ballards Crash and Christopher Hamptons A Dangerous Method. In 1997 Thomas directed All the Little Animals, starring John Hurt and Christian Bale and his film, Jon Amiels Creation, about the life of Charles Darwin, with Paul Bettany and Jennifer Connelly in the leads, was the Opening Gala of the 2009 Toronto International Film Festival. In 2010, Thomas premiered Jerzy Skolimowskis Essential Killing and Takashi Miikes 13 Assassins at the Venice Film Festival, Essential Killing went on to win the Jury Prize and two others, a triple win unprecedented in the Festivals history. He also executive-produced Wim Wenders 3D dance film Pina, which premiered at the 2011 Berlinale, at Cannes 2011, Thomas premiered Takashi Miikes new film, Hara-Kiri, Death of a Samurai, the first 3D film to show in Competition. Grant, Demian Bichir and Emilia Clarke, recent releases include an adaptation of J. G. Thomas has said of his ethos, In 1998, Thomas founded his international sales arm, HanWay Films, HanWay has since expanded to sell third party projects as well as handling the libraries of many of the worlds best-known filmmakers. He has been President of the Jury at Tokyo Film Festival, San Sebastian Film Festival, Berlin Film Festival and he was made a Life Fellow of the British Film Institute in 2000. Thomas was appointed Commander of the Order of the British Empire in the 2009 New Year Honours, Mad Dog Morgan The Shout The Great Rock n Roll Swindle Bad Timing Eureka Merry Christmas, MrJeremy Thomas – Thomas at the 2009 Toronto International Film Festival
30. Steve Tisch – Steven Elliot Steve Tisch is an American film producer and businessman. He is the chairman and Executive Vice President of the New York Giants and he is the son of former Giants co-owner Bob Tisch. Tisch was born in Lakewood Township, New Jersey, the son of Joan Tisch and Preston Robert Tisch and he attended Tufts University, during which he began his filmmaking career. During his youth, Tisch created a number of films with backing by Columbia Pictures. In 1976, he left Columbia and created his first feature film and he followed this up in 1983 with Risky Business, which gave Tom Cruise his first lead role. In 1984, Tisch produced a movie entitled The Burning Bed. Tisch launched his own company in 1986, called the Steve Tisch Company. However, he produced several critically acclaimed films including Forrest Gump, American History X. He is also the person ever with a Golden Globe, an Academy Award, a Primetime Emmy Award nomination. Escape Artists released The Weather Man, starring Nicolas Cage, in the fall of 2005, other projects include Seven Pounds starring Will Smith, Knowing, starring Nicolas Cage and The Taking of Pelham 123 starring Denzel Washington and John Travolta. In 2007, Tisch received the P. T. Barnum Award from Tufts University for his work in the field of media. Tisch was named chairman and Executive Vice President of the New York Giants American football team in 2005, Tisch accepted the Vince Lombardi Trophy twice, when the Giants won Super Bowl XLII and again when they won Super Bowl XLVI. On April 30,2008, Tisch along with the rest of the Giants team, Tisch has been married twice, his first marriage ended in divorce. In 1996, Tisch married Jamie Leigh Anne Alexander and they had three children, two girls and a boy. Tisch is the person to have ever won both an Oscar and a Super Bowl ring. Media related to Steve Tisch at Wikimedia Commons Steve Tisch at the Internet Movie DatabaseSteve Tisch – Tisch at the New York Giants Super Bowl rally at Giants Stadium.
31. Mike Todd – Michael Mike Todd was an American theater and film producer, best known for his 1956 production of Around the World in 80 Days, which won an Academy Award for Best Picture. He is known as the third of Elizabeth Taylors seven husbands and is the one whom she did not divorce. He was the force behind the development of the eponymous Todd-AO widescreen film format. Todd was born in Minneapolis, Minnesota, to Chaim Goldbogen and Sophia Hellerman and he was one of nine children in a poor family, the youngest son, and his siblings nicknamed him Toat to mimic his difficulty pronouncing the word coat. It was from this that his name was derived, the family later moved to Chicago, arriving on the day World War I ended. Todd was expelled in the grade for running a game of craps inside the school. In high school, he produced the play, The Mikado. He eventually dropped out of school and worked at a variety of jobs, including shoe salesman. One of his first jobs was as a soda jerk, Todd began his career in the construction business, where he made, and subsequently lost, a fortune. He opened the College of Bricklaying of America, buying the materials to teach bricklaying on credit, the school was forced to close when the Bricklayers Union did not view the college as an accepted place of study. Todd and his brother, Frank, next opened their own construction company and his first flirtation with the film industry was when he served as a contractor to Hollywood studios, soundproofing production stages during the transition from silent pictures to sound. The company he owned with his brother went bankrupt when its financial backing failed in early days of the Great Depression, not yet twenty-one, Todd had lost over $1 million. Having married the former Bertha Freshman on February 14,1927, Todds subsequent business career was volatile, and failed ventures left him bankrupt many times. During the 1933–1934 Century of Progress Exposition in Chicago, Todd produced an attraction called the Flame Dance, in this number, gas jets were designed to burn part of a dancers costume off, leaving her naked in appearance. The act attracted enough attention to bring an offer from the Casino de Paree nightclub in New York City, Todd got his first taste of Broadway with the engagement and was determined to find a way to work there. The Hot Mikado, starring Bill Bojangles Robinson, opened on Broadway March 23,1939, the subsequent success of Todds production, at the expense of the Chicago production, contributed to the financial crisis and ultimate demise of the Federal Theatre Project unit in Chicago. Todds Broadway success gave him the nerve to try taking on showman Billy Rose, Todd visited Grover Whalen, president of the 1939 New York Worlds Fair, with a proposal to bring the Broadway show to the Fair. Whelan, eager to have the show at the fair, covered Todds Broadway early closing costs, Rose, who had an exclusivity clause in his fair contract, met Todd at Lindys, where Rose learned his contract covered new forms of entertainment onlyMike Todd – Todd at the Jones Beach Theater on Long Island, 1952.
32. Hal B. Wallis – Harold Brent Hal Wallis was an American film producer. He is best remembered for producing Casablanca and True Grit, along many other major films for Warner Bros. featuring such film stars as Humphrey Bogart, Bette Davis. Later on, for a period, he was connected with Paramount Pictures and oversaw films featuring Dean Martin, Jerry Lewis, Elvis Presley. Aaron Blum Wolowicz was born October 19,1898 in Chicago, Illinois and his family moved in 1922 to Los Angeles, California, where he found work as part of the publicity department at Warner Bros. in 1923. Within a few years, Wallis became involved in the end of the business. In a career spanned more than 50 years, he was involved with the production of more than 400 feature-length movies. Among the more significant movies he produced were Casablanca, Dark Victory, The Adventures of Robin Hood, The Maltese Falcon, Sergeant York and he left Warner Bros. in 1944, after a clash with Jack L. Warner over Warners acceptance of the Best Picture Oscar for Casablanca, to work as an independent producer, the first screenwriters he hired for his new enterprise were Ayn Rand and Lillian Hellman. Among his financial hits were the Dean Martin and Jerry Lewis comedies and he produced True Grit, for which John Wayne won the Academy Award for Best Actor of 1969, and its sequel. After moving to Universal Pictures, he produced Mary, Queen of Scots and he received 16 Academy Award producer nominations for Best Picture, winning for Casablanca in 1943. For his consistently high quality of motion picture production, he was honored with the Academy Awards Irving G. Thalberg Memorial Award. He was also nominated for seven Golden Globe awards, twice winning awards for Best Picture, in 1975, he received the Golden Globe Cecil B. DeMille Award for lifetime achievement in motion pictures, in 1980, he published his autobiography, Starmaker, cowritten with Charles Higham. In the 1930s Mr. Wallis used his investment dollars to develop real estate in Sherman Oaks. He named one of the streets after himself using his nickname Hal, halbrent Avenue, Sherman Oaks, CA is the street and most of the original homes are still standing today. Its very close to Ventura and Sepulveda Boulevards near the infamous Sherman Oaks Galleria used extensively in the 1982 movie romp Fast Times at Ridgemont High. Wallis was married twice, to actress Louise Fazenda from 1927 until her death in 1962 and he had one son with Fazenda, Brent Harris. Wallis died in 1986 of complications of diabetes in Rancho Mirage, California, news of his passing was not released until after his private memorial service was completedHal B. Wallis – Hal B. Wallis
33. Harvey Weinstein – Harvey Weinstein, CBE is an American film producer and film studio executive. He is best known as co-founder of Miramax, which produced several independent films including Pulp Fiction, Sex, Lies and Videotape, The Crying Game. He and his brother Bob have been co-chairmen of The Weinstein Company, their production company. Weinstein was born in Flushing, New York and he was raised in a Jewish family, the son of Max Weinstein, a diamond cutter, and Miriam. He grew up with his brother, Bob Weinstein, in a housing co-op named Electchester in New York City. He graduated from John Bowne High School, and then the University at Buffalo, Weinstein, his brother Bob, and Corky Burger independently produced rock concerts as Harvey & Corky Productions in Buffalo through most of the 1970s. Both Weinstein brothers had grown up with a passion for movies, in the late 1970s, using profits from their concert promotion business, the brothers created a small independent film distribution company named Miramax, named after their parents, Miriam and Max. The companys first releases were primarily music-oriented concert films such as Paul McCartneys Rockshow, in the early 1980s Miramax acquired the rights to two British films of benefit shows filmed for the human rights organization Amnesty International. Working closely with Martin Lewis, the producer of the original films, the resulting film was released as The Secret Policemans Other Ball in May 1982 and it became Miramaxs first hit. The movie raised considerable sums for Amnesty International and was credited by Amnesty with having helped to raise its profile in the United States, the Weinsteins slowly built upon this success throughout the 1980s with arthouse films that achieved critical attention and modest commercial success. The publicity that surrounded the case resulted in the release of Adams. In 1989, their successful release of Steven Soderberghs Sex, Lies. Also in 1989, Miramax released two films, The Cook, the Thief, His Wife & Her Lover and director Pedro Almodóvars film Tie Me Up. Both of which the MPAA rating board gave an X-rating, effectively stopping nationwide release for these films, Weinstein sued the MPAA over the rating system. His lawsuit was thrown out, but got the MPAA to agree to introduce the new NC-17 rating. Miramax continued to grow its library of films and directors until, in 1993, after the success of The Crying Game, Miramax won its first Academy Award for Best Picture in 1997 with the victory of The English Patient. This started a string of successes that included Good Will Hunting Shakespeare in Love. In 2004, Weinstein was appointed an honourary Commander of the Order of the British Empire in recognition of his contributions to the British film industryHarvey Weinstein – Weinstein at the 2010 Time 100 Gala, May 4
34. Marsha Garces Williams – Marsha Garces Williams is an American film producer and philanthropist. She is the wife of actor and comedian Robin Williams. Marsha Garces Williams was born in Milwaukee, Wisconsin and she grew up in Shorewood, Wisconsin and attended Shorewood High School. Garces father, Leon Garces, was a Filipino born in Ubay and he later served in the United States Navy during World War II. Her mother, Ina Rachel Mattila, was Finnish, Garces married Robin Williams on April 30,1989, following the 1988 divorce from his first wife, Valerie. When the pair were married, Garces was already pregnant with Williams child, Garces met Williams in 1984 when she was employed as a nanny for Williams son Zachary. Previously, Garces was a working as a waitress. Their romantic relationship began in 1986, during their marriage, they had two children, Zelda Rae and Cody Alan, born in 1989 and 1991, respectively. In March 2008, she filed for divorce from Williams citing irreconcilable differences and their divorce was finalized in 2010. After working as the nanny, Garces worked with Williams as his personal assistant on films such as Good Morning, Vietnam. She was later the producer for several of Williams films, together, they founded a film production company, Blue Wolf Productions, in 1991. Garces Williams has been involved philanthropically with organizations such as Doctors Without Borders and SeacologyMarsha Garces Williams – Williams at the 61st Academy Awards
35. Fred Zinnemann – Alfred Fred Zinnemann was an Austrian-born American film director. He won four Academy Awards for directing films in genres, including thrillers, westerns, film noir. He made 25 feature films during his 50-year career and he was among the first directors to insist on using authentic locations and for mixing stars with civilians to give his films more realism. According to one historian, Zinnemanns style demonstrated his sense of psychological realism, some of his most notable films were The Men, High Noon, From Here to Eternity, Oklahoma. The Nuns Story, A Man For All Seasons, The Day of the Jackal and his films have received 65 Oscar nominations, winning 24. Zinnemann was born in Rzeszów, the son of Anna and Oskar Zinnemann and his family was Jewish, and he had one younger brother. While growing up in Austria, he wanted to become a musician, while studying law, he became drawn to films and convinced his parents to let him study film production in Paris. After studying for a year at the Ecole Technique de Photographie et Cinématographie in Paris, he became a cameraman and found work on a number of films in Berlin, both of his parents were killed during the Holocaust. Zinnemann worked in Germany with several other beginners after he studied filmmaking in France, earlier in the decade, in fact, Zinnemann had worked with documentarian Robert Flaherty, probably the greatest single influence on my work as a filmmaker, he said. Although he was fascinated by the culture in Germany, with its theater, music and films. He became disenchanted with Berlin after continually seeing decadent ostentation and luxury existing alongside desperate unemployment, the wealthy classes were moving more to the political right and the poor to the left. Emotion had long since begun to displace reason, he said, Zinnemann, then only 21, got his parents permission to go to America where he hoped filmmaking opportunities would be greater. He arrived in New York at the end of October,1929 and it was as though I had just left a continent of zombies and entered a place humming with incredible energy and power. He took a Greyhound bus to Hollywood a few months following the completion of his first directorial effort for the Mexican cultural protest film, The Wave, in Alvarado. He established residence in North Hollywood with Henwar Rodakiewicz, Gunther von Fritsch and Ned Scott, One of Zinnemanns first jobs in Hollywood was as an extra in All Quiet on the Western Front. He says that many of the extras were former Russian aristocrats. He was twenty-two but he said he felt older than the forty-year-olds in Hollywood, but he was jubilant because he was then certain that this was the place one could breathe free and belong. But after a few years he became disillusioned with the talents of Hollywoods elitesFred Zinnemann – Zinnemann in the 1940s