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1. Ben Affleck – Benjamin Geza "Ben" Affleck-Boldt is an American actor and filmmaker. Affleck began his career as a actor, starring in the PBS educational series The Voyage of the Mimi. Affleck later appeared in the coming-of-age comedy various Kevin Smith films including Chasing Amy and Dogma. He gained fame when childhood friend Matt Damon won the Golden Globe and Academy Award for Best Original Screenplay for Good Will Hunting. Affleck then starred in high-profile films including Armageddon, Shakespeare in Love, Pearl Harbor, The Sum of All Fears. After a downturn, during which he appeared in Daredevil and Gigli, he received a Golden Globe nomination for his performance in Hollywoodland. Gone Baby Gone, which he also co-wrote, was well received. Affleck then starred in the crime drama The Town. In 2014, Affleck starred in the psychological thriller Gone Girl. He portrays the superhero Batman in the DC Extended Universe, starting with Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice and Suicide Squad. The gangster Live by Night, which Affleck directed, wrote, produced, acted in, will be released in late 2016. He is the co-founder of the Eastern Congo Initiative, advocacy-based nonprofit organization. Affleck is also a stalwart member of the Democratic Party. His younger brother is actor Casey Affleck, with whom he has worked on several films including Gone Baby Gone. Following high-profile relationships with Jennifer Lopez, he married Jennifer Garner in 2005.Ben 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, actor. His films are known for their distinctive visual and style. Anderson also received the BAFTA Award for Best Original Screenplay in 2015. He is regarded by many as a modern-day example of the auteur. He is the second of three boys; his parents divorced when he was eight. He is of Norwegian ancestry. Anderson graduated in 1987 which he later used as a prominent location throughout Rushmore. He attended college while working part-time as a projectionist. Anderson graduated from the University of Texas with a degree in philosophy in 1990 where he met future frequent collaborator Owen Wilson. Though well reviewed, it performed poorly at the office. Murray has since appeared to date. In 2000, filmmaker Martin Scorsese praised Bottle Rocket and Rushmore. The script was co-written by Anderson, Schwartzman and Roman Coppola. Anderson's stop motion adaptation of the Roald Dahl book Fantastic Mr Fox was released in 2009. Although not earning much more than its budget, the film was highly praised and nominated for the Academy Award for Best Animated Feature.Wes Anderson – Anderson in 2012
3. William Peter Blatty – William Peter Blatty is an American writer and filmmaker. His most recent works include Elsewhere, Dimiter, Crazy. In 2013, Exorcist Nothing: A Fable and Dimiter were re-released as revised editions with new covers and interior artwork. Each were limited to 250 signed copies. The former had its subtitle changed to A Hollywood Christmas Carol. He is also featured in the 2014 Smoke And Mirrors anthology, featuring the treatment "Faith". His father left home when William was three years old. He lived at 28 different addresses by landlords for nonpayment of rent. Mustering out of the Air Force, he worked as an editor stationed in Beirut, Lebanon. The "dream" was a career in the world of acting, entertainment. Blatty is a Roman Catholic. He then published Please Come Home, I, Billy Shakespeare, Twinkle, Twinkle, "Killer" Kane. Others were the film adaptation of John Goldfarb, Please Come Home!, The Great Bank Robbery. Later Blatty resumed writing. It would eventually be translated into one of the most famous mainstream horror movies of all time.William Peter Blatty – William Peter Blatty in 2009
4. James L. Brooks – James Lawrence "Jim" Brooks is an American director, producer and screenwriter. Growing up in New Jersey, he endured a fractured family life and passed the time by reading and writing. After dropping out of New York University, Brooks got a job at CBS going on to write for the CBS News broadcasts. Brooks moved to Los Angeles in 1965 to work on David L. Wolper's documentaries. After being laid off Brooks met producer Allan Burns who secured a job as a writer on the series My Mother the Car. He later created the series Room 222. Grant Tinker hired Brooks and Burns at MTM Productions to create The Mary Tyler Moore Show in 1970. One of the first to feature an independent working woman as its lead character, was critically acclaimed and won Brooks several Primetime Emmy Awards. Brooks and Burns then created two successful spin-offs in the shape of Rhoda and Lou Grant. He left MTM Productions in 1978 to co-create the Taxi which, despite winning multiple Emmys, suffered from low ratings and was canceled twice. He moved into feature work when he wrote and co-produced the 1979 film Starting Over. His next project was the critically acclaimed film Terms of Endearment, which he produced, wrote, winning an Academy Award for all three positions. Basing his next film, Broadcast News, on his journalistic experiences, the film earned a further two Academy Award nominations. It was seven years until 2004's Spanglish. His sixth film, How Do You Know, was released in 2010.James L. Brooks – Brooks at the Springfield, Vermont, premiere of The Simpsons Movie (July 2007)
5. Dana Brunetti – Dana Brunetti is an American film producer and social networking entrepreneur. Brunetti is the president of Trigger Street Productions. In 2016 Brunetti became the president of Relativity Media with Kevin Spacey taking on a position. He has been nominated for producing The Social Network and Captain Phillips. He attended secondary school at Alleghany High School. As a child, he delivered evening editions of his local newspaper. Brunetti joined the U.S. Coast Guard in 1992. During his enlistment, he moved to New York. Brunetti met actor Kevin Spacey from a mutual friend while Brunetti was working at a start up digital wireless network company. Shortly after that first introduction, Spacey hired Brunetti as his executive assistant. He worked with Spacey such as American Beauty and The Shipping News. In 2001, he transformed Spacey's Trigger Street Productions TriggerStreet.com, originally the static homepage for TriggerStreet Productions, for young filmmakers. The site enabled users worldwide to submit screenplays and short films from other members. It was one of the large scale projects of its type. The transformation embodied Spacey's philosophy to, "send the elevator down," for creative and talented artists simply needing a chance in Hollywood.Dana Brunetti – Dana Brunetti
6. James Cameron – James Francis Cameron is a Canadian filmmaker, director, producer, screenwriter, inventor, engineer, philanthropist, deep-sea explorer. Cameron first found major success with The Terminator. He was hired to write and direct Aliens; three years later he followed up with The Abyss. He found further critical acclaim for his use of special effects in Terminator 2: Judgment Day. Despite Avatar being his only movie to make in 3D, he is the most successful film-maker in terms of box-office revenue. In the time between making Titanic and Avatar, he co-developed the digital 3D Fusion Camera System. Described by a biographer as part artist, he has also contributed to underwater filming and remote vehicle technologies. On March 2012, he reached the bottom of the Mariana Trench, the deepest part of the ocean, in the Deepsea Challenger submersible. Cameron is only the third person to do so ever. In total, Cameron's directorial efforts have grossed approximately US$ billion in North America and US$6 billion worldwide. Not adjusted for inflation, Cameron's Titanic and Avatar are the two highest-grossing films of all time at $2.19 billion and $2.78 billion respectively. He also holds the achievement of having directed two of the three films in history to gross over $ billion worldwide. In March 2011, Cameron was named Hollywood's top earner with estimated 2010 earnings of $257 million. He was born in Kapuskasing, Ontario, Canada, the son of Shirley, an artist and nurse, Phillip Cameron, an electrical engineer. His paternal great-great-great-grandfather emigrated in 1825.James Cameron – Cameron in June 2012
7. George Clooney – George Timothy Clooney is an American actor, filmmaker, activist. Clooney has received three Golden Globe Awards for his work as an actor and two Academy Awards, the other for producing. In 1999, Clooney took the lead role in a well-received war satire set during the Gulf War. In 2013, Clooney received the Academy Award for producing the political thriller Argo. Clooney is the only person, nominated for Academy Awards in six different categories. In 2009, he was included in the World". Clooney has served as one of the United Nations Messengers of Peace since January 31, 2008. Clooney is also a member of the Council on Foreign Relations. He was born in Lexington, Kentucky. Nina Bruce, was a beauty queen and city councilwoman. Nick Clooney, is a former anchorman and game show host who hosted AMC for five years in the late 1990s. He has Irish, German, English ancestry. Mary Ann Sparrow, was the half-sister of Nancy Lincoln, mother of President Abraham Lincoln. He has an older sister named Adelia. His aunt was actress Rosemary Clooney.George Clooney – Clooney at a ceremony for John Wells in January 2012
8. Bruce Cohen – Bruce L. Cohen is a film, television, theater producer. Cohen was raised in Falls Church, Virginia. In 1983, he graduated in Film Studies. He earned additional Best Picture nominations for Silver Linings Playbook. Silver Linings Playbook, directed by David O. Russell, was nominated for eight Oscars. Among the other films Cohen has produced is Big Fish, directed by Tim Burton, both a Golden Globe and BAFTA nominee for Best Picture. He was nominated for an Emmy in 2011 for producing the 83rd Annual Academy Awards. They have a two-year-old daughter. Bruce Cohen at the Internet Movie DatabaseBruce Cohen – Cohen at the mental health initiative Campaign to Change Direction at the Newseum in Washington, March 4, 2015
9. Sofia Coppola – Sofia Carmina Coppola is an American screenwriter, director, producer and actress. With the drama Somewhere, she became the American woman to win the Golden Lion, the top prize at the Venice Film Festival. Her father is screenwriter Francis Ford Coppola. Sofia Coppola was born in New York City, 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. She later attended Mills College and the California Institute of the Arts. After dropping out of college, Coppola started a clothing line called Milkfed, now sold exclusively in Japan. Coppola's acting career, marked by frequent criticisms of nepotism, began while she was an infant, as she made background appearances in seven of her father's films. 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: Let's see. Did I not wanna do it? Um. I was game.Sofia Coppola – Coppola at the 2014 Cannes Film Festival
10. Kevin Costner – Kevin Michael Costner is an American actor, film director, producer, musician, singer. Costner has won two Academy Awards, one Emmy Award, among others. He directed, starred in The Postman. He grew up in Compton, California. Costner is the youngest of three boys. His father, William Costner, was an electrician and later utilities executive at Southern California Edison. Costner's patrilineal heritage originates to North Carolina in the 1700s; he also has English, Irish, Scottish, Welsh, other German, ancestry. He was raised Baptist. He was not academically inclined. Rather, Costner enjoyed sports, took piano lessons, sang in the First Baptist Choir. Costner has stated that a viewing of the 1962 film How the West Was Won at the age of seven had "formed" his childhood. He lived in Ventura, then in Visalia, graduating from Villa Park High School in 1973. Costner went on to earn a BA in finance from California State University, Fullerton in 1978. Burton agreed to speak to Costner after he finished his book. Burton replied, "You have green eyes.Kevin Costner – Costner at the 2014 Toronto International Film Festival
11. 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 Best Picture. De Luca was raised in Brooklyn, New York. His father, Italian American and Catholic, worked at ConEdison. De Luca began pursuing a career in showbuisness in 1986. Originally tapped to work as a editor, he rose fairly quickly through the ranks, thanks in part to his mentor, chair and co-founder Robert Shaye. De Luca did complete his degree from Tisch School of the Arts of New York University in 1995. In 1988, De Luca made his debut as an associate producer on Leatherface: The Texas Chainsaw Massacre III. DeLuca produced Freddy's Dead: The Final Nightmare, the seventh entry in the long-running Nightmare on Elm Street franchise. After New Line Cinema, De Luca became President of Production at his tenure lasting between 2001 and 2004. After his contract with DreamWorks ended, De Luca started his own production company, Michael De Luca Productions. His first release under his company was Ghost Rider starring Nicolas Cage, followed by 21 and The Love Guru starring Mike Myers. He was nominated for the Best Picture Oscar two years in a row for 2010's Moneyball. He received a third nomination for producing Paul Greengrass' Captain Phillips. De Luca also produced the 2011 remake of the cult classic vampire horror film Fright Night.Michael De Luca – De Luca at the Toronto Film Festival, 2011
12. Cecil B. DeMille – Cecil Blount DeMille was an American filmmaker. Between 1956, he made seventy features, both silent and sound films. He is acknowledged in cinema history. His films were distinguished by his cinematic showmanship. He made silent films of every genre: social dramas, comedies, Westerns, farces, historical pageants. DeMille began his career in 1900. He later moved to directing stage productions, some with Jesse Lasky, then a vaudeville producer. The Squaw Man, was also the first feature film shot in Hollywood. It "put Hollywood on the map." The continued success of his productions led with Lasky and Adolph Zukor. The Ten Commandments, was both a critical and financial success; it held the Paramount revenue record for twenty-five years. In 1927 he reached more than 800 million viewers. The Sign of the Cross was the sound film to integrate all aspects of cinematic technique. Cleopatra was his first film to be nominated for the Academy Award for Best Picture. Along with historical narratives, he also directed films oriented toward "neo-naturalism," which tried to portray the laws of man fighting the forces of nature.Cecil B. DeMille – Cecil B. DeMille, c. 1920
13. Kirk Douglas – Kirk Douglas is an American retired actor, producer, director, author. Douglas is one of the last living people of the industry's Golden Age. After an impoverished childhood with six sisters, Douglas had his film debut in The Strange Love of Martha Ivers with Barbara Stanwyck. He soon developed into a leading box-office star including westerns and war movies. During a acting career, Douglas has appeared in more than 90 movies. 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. In 1955, Douglas established Bryna Productions, which began producing films as varied as Paths of Glory and Spartacus. In those two films, Douglas collaborated with the then relatively unknown director, Stanley Kubrick. He helped break the Hollywood blacklist by having Dalton Trumbo write Spartacus with an on-screen credit, although Trumbo's family claims he overstated his role. As an philanthropist, he has received three Academy Award nominations, an Oscar for Lifetime Achievement, the Presidential Medal of Freedom. As an author, Douglas has written ten memoirs. After barely surviving a crash in 1991 and then suffering a stroke in 1996, Douglas has focused on renewing his spiritual and religious life. Douglas lives with Anne, a producer. Douglas turned 100 on December 2016. He was born Issur Danielovitch in Amsterdam, New York, Herschel "Harry" Danielovitch.Kirk Douglas – Douglas in 1969.
14. Michael Douglas – Michael Kirk Douglas is an American actor and producer. Douglas's career includes a diverse range of films in blockbuster genres, for which he has received a number of accolades, both competitive and honorary. These awards include the Golden Globe Cecil B. Douglas is the elder son of Kirk Douglas and Diana Dill. Douglas received his Bachelor of Arts from the University of California, Santa Barbara. His acting roles included film, stage, television productions. In 1975 he produced having acquired the rights to the Ken Kesey novel from his father. The film won the Academy Award for Best Picture, earning Douglas his first Oscar as one of the film's producers. After leaving The Streets of San Francisco in 1976, he went on to produce films including Romancing the Stone. Douglas reprised the role in the sequel: Money Never Sleeps. He was born in New Jersey, the first child of actors Kirk Douglas and Diana Dill. His parents met at the American Academy of Dramatic Arts. His father was born "Issur Danielovitch". His mother had English, Irish, Scottish, Welsh, French, Belgian, Dutch ancestry. He has a younger brother, two paternal half-brothers, Peter Douglas and Eric Douglas, from stepmother Anne Buydens.Michael Douglas – Douglas at the 2013 Deauville Film Festival
15. Carl Foreman – Carl Foreman, CBE was an American screenwriter and film producer who wrote the award-winning films The Bridge on the River Kwai and High Noon among others. He was one of the screenwriters that were blacklisted in the 1950s because of their suspected Communist sympathy or membership in the Communist Party. Born to a working-class Jewish family, he was the son of Fanny and Isidore Foreman. He studied at the University of Illinois. As a student in the 1930s, he joined the American Communist Party. After graduating from university, Carl Foreman moved to Hollywood where he used his writing talents and training to work as a screenwriter. During production of the film High Noon, Carl Foreman was summoned to appear before the House Committee on Un-American Activities. Carl Foreman was the screenwriter of a film released in 1952, seen by some as an allegory for McCarthyism. This would be the last film he would be allowed to work on by a Hollywood studio for the next six years. In 1956 he co-wrote the screenplay for the equally acclaimed The Bridge on the River Kwai with blacklisted writer Michael Wilson. His name was added to the award. Both presented and produced its sequel, Living Free in 1972. In 1965, he was made a governor of the British Film Institute, serving until 1971. In 1970, Foreman was made a Commander of the Order of the British Empire. Nearing the end of his life, Carl Foreman returned to the United States, where he died in Beverly Hills, California.Carl Foreman – Carl Foreman in 1961
17. Brian Grazer – Brian Thomas Grazer is an American film and television producer. Grazer co-founded Imagine Entertainment in 1986, with Ron Howard. The films they produced have grossed over $ billion. The movies include four for which Grazer was personally nominated for an Academy Award: Splash, Apollo 13, Frost/Nixon. TV series have been nominated for 43 Academy Awards, 131 Emmys. In 2002, he won an Oscar for A Beautiful Mind. In 2007, Grazer was named one of Time's "100 Most Influential People in the World". He was born to Arlene Becker Grazer and criminal defense attorney Thomas Grazer. Grazer is the older brother of actor/director Gavin Grazer. Grazer was raised in Los Angeles's San Fernando Valley. He described himself in 2000 as "half-Jewish". Subsequently, third-party reports conflicted as to whether he was Jewish or a practicing Christian. His parents divorced when he was in high school. No one's going to get it for you, Brian." He won a scholarship as a psychology major.Brian Grazer – Grazer at the 2011 Tribeca Film Festival Vanity Fair party
18. Grant Heslov – He is also known for portraying Black Sheep. Heslov was raised in its Palos Verdes area. Arthur, was a dentist and his mother, Kerrie, a businesswoman. He has two older brothers, Michael. His family is Jewish. He attended the University of Southern California along with friend Tate Donovan. He is a member of Phi Kappa Psi. Heslov is married to a producer. He also appeared as Happy Days, Family Ties, Mama's Family, L.A. Law, Matlock, Sleeper Cell and The X-Files. In August 2006, Heslov and George Clooney began writing screenplays for production. He was nominated as producer Best Film for Good Night, Good Luck. Heslov also appears in the film as Don Hewitt, the director of the series See It Now, around which the movie is centered. He also worked 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 2012 film Argo.Grant Heslov – Heslov at the 2009 Toronto International Film festival for the premier of The Men Who Stare at Goats
19. Mark Johnson (producer) – Mark Johnson is an American film producer. Johnson won the Best Picture Academy Award for producing Man, starring Tom Cruise. The film, winner of four Oscars, also captured a Golden Globe for Best Picture. Johnson was born in Washington, D.C. Emery Johnson, who worked in the air cargo business. He graduated from the University of Virginia in 1971. His early experiences led in the 1964 drama The Thin Red Line. There he entered the Director's Guild training program. One of his first projects was Paul Mazursky's autobiographical drama Next Stop, Greenwich Village. As part of Baltimore Pictures, his partnership with Levinson, Johnson produced all of the writer-director's films from 1982–1994. Bugsy also captured a Best Picture Golden Globe Award. Under his new banner, Johnson produced the comedy Home Fries, starring the dramatic thriller Donnie Brasco, starring Johnny Depp. He also served as executive producer for CBS-TV's L.A. Doctors and Falcone, for the hit drama The Guardian. He is working with Guillermo del Toro to produce the adaption of Hater.. In 2005 Johnson produced The Chronicles of Narnia: the Wardrobe, directed by Andrew Adamson and starring Tilda Swinton.Mark Johnson (producer) – Mark Johnson (2010)
20. Ross Katz – Ross Katz is an American film producer, screenwriter and film director. Prior to becoming a producer, Katz was a commercial DJ on 94 WYSP FM in Philadelphia. He got his start in movies working as a grip on Quentin Tarantino's Reservoir Dogs, then interned at Good Machine eventually becoming Ted Hope's assistant. It was Hope who encouraged Katz to try his hand at producing. His first effort was Jim Fall's Trick. The film was one of the early independents to explore homosexual cinema treated as romantic comedy. Next he co-executive produced, along with Ted Hope & Anne Carey, an HBO television mini-series of Moisés Kaufman's play The Laramie Project. 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, other Laramie residents in their own words. It concludes after Shephard's death. Katz went on to co-produce two Academy Award Best Picture nominees; Todd Field's In the Bedroom and Sofia Coppola's Lost in Translation. In 2009 Katz returned for another real-life story Taking Chance. This was praised by television critics for its "reverence and sensitivity" to the men in uniform. Chance Phelps, as his body makes its way across the country accompanied by Lt. Col. Michael Strobl. His journal entry has been e-mailed and posted online, where it gained an avid following.Ross Katz – Katz speaking before the premiere of Taking Chance, which he directed, in February 2009
21. Elia Kazan – Kazan was born in Istanbul, to Cappadocian Greek parents. With Cheryl Crawford, his actors' studio introduced "Method Acting" under the direction of Lee Strasberg. He acted including City for Conquest. Noted for drawing out the best dramatic performances from his actors, Kazan directed 21 actors to Oscar nominations, resulting in nine wins. Kazan directed a string of successful films, including East of Eden. During his career, Kazan received an Honorary Oscar, won three Tony Awards, four Golden Globes. His films were concerned to him. He writes, "I don't move unless I have some empathy with the basic theme." Film was Gentleman's Agreement, with Gregory Peck, which dealt with anti-Semitism in America. It received 3 wins, including Kazan's first for Best Director. It was followed by one of the first films in mainstream Hollywood to address racial prejudice against black people. In 1954, Kazan directed On the Waterfront, a film about corruption on the New York harbor waterfront. In 1955, Kazan directed John Steinbeck's East of Eden, which introduced James Dean to movie audiences. 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 wrong."Elia Kazan – Elia Kazan, c. 1960
22. 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 same time, Touchstone Pictures. Kirkpatrick was raised in the state of Ohio. He graduated in 1969. Kirkpatrick's screenplay Dynamite Woman was distributed by New World Pictures. Shortly after, he took a position at Paramount Pictures. Kirkpatrick worked his way at Paramount making his name by overseeing Paramount's exclusive development deal with Eddie Murphy. The arrangement resulted in several hits including the $ million blockbuster Beverly Hills Cop. Kirkpatrick worked at Paramount. Both Kirkpatrick and Katzenberg were involved 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. During that period, he oversaw The Little Mermaid, Pretty Woman and Dead Poets Society before returning to Paramount. Kirkpatrick left his post after finding his office furniture on the lawn after an altercation with fellow executive Stanley R. Jaffe. In 2006, Kirkpatrick co-founded a faith-based entertainment company that produced "spiritainment".David Kirkpatrick (producer) – David Paul Kirkpatrick
23. Stanley Kramer – Stanley Earl Kramer was an American film director and producer, responsible for making many of Hollywood's most famous "message films". As an independent director, he brought attention to topical social issues that most studios avoided. Among the subjects covered in his films were racism, nuclear war, greed, creationism vs. evolution and the causes and effects of fascism. His notable films included High Noon, The Caine Mutiny, Ship of Fools. Kramer was recognized for his fierce 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." Kevin Spacey, during his acceptance speech at the 2015 Golden Globes, honored Kramer's 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 social issues." Stanley Kramer was born in a neighborhood known as Hell's Kitchen due to its reputation as a tough, gang-ridden area. Having separated when he was very young, he remembered little about his father.Stanley Kramer – circa 1955
24. Jon Landau (film producer) – For the music writer, manager, record producer, see Jon Landau. Jon Landau is an American producer. Landau was born in Ely A. Landau, a studio executive and producer. He is from a Jewish family. He attended the USC School of Cinematic Arts. He is best known for producing a film which won him an Academy Award, most recently, Avatar. Throughout the early'90s, Landau was Executive Vice President of Feature Film Production at Twentieth Century Fox. Avatar earned his second Academy Award nomination, although the award went to the producers of The Hurt Locker.Jon Landau (film producer) – Landau in 2010
25. Thomas Langmann – He became a producer in the early 2000s. During the filming of Asterix at the Olympic Games, he was arrested for employing purchasing narcotics. In 2011, Langmann produced the white, silent film The Artist with director Michel Hazanavicius. He was unable to attract investors to the risky project and self-financed the film. He won the Producers Guild of America Award for Best Theatrical Motion Picture. 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 the son of Anne-Marie Rassam and film director Claude Berri. His uncle was the late producer his brother was the late French actor Julien Rassam. Both his brother committed suicide, in 1997 and in 2002, respectively, while his father died of a stroke in 2009. He has a younger half-brother from Darius Langmann. His mother Anne-Marie Rassam, born in Lebanon, was Lebanese Christian. In 2008, Langmann was sentenced to four months in prison with whom he had a daughter in 2002. Langmann married French journalist Céline Bosquet on June 2013.Thomas Langmann – Langmann at the César Awards 2012
26. Arthur Laurents – Arthur Laurents was an American playwright, stage director and screenwriter. His early film scripts include Rope for Alfred Hitchcock, followed by Anastasia, The Turning Point. Born Arthur Levine, he was the son of a schoolteacher who gave up her career when she married. His Edith suffered as a child. His paternal grandparents were Orthodox Jews, his mother's parents, although born Jewish, were atheists. His mother was lax about observing the Jewish holidays. Late in life Laurents admitted to having changed his last name to the less Jewish-sounding Laurents, "to get a job." After graduating from Cornell University, he took an class at New York University. It was Laurents' first professional credit. The show's 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. Laurents later was reassigned to write plays for a 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 gay politics in the decades after World War II." After graduating from Cornell University in 1937, Laurents went to work as a writer for radio drama at CBS in New York.Arthur Laurents – Laurents in 1984
27. Richard Linklater – Richard Stuart Linklater is an American filmmaker, screenwriter, actor. He is mostly known for the effects of the passage of time. In 2002 Linklater began filming a passion project which took over twelve years to finish. The film was premiered to critical acclaim. He won Critics' Choice Movie Awards and BAFTAs for Best Director and Best Picture. Linklater also received his first nomination for Best Director, along with nominations for Original Screenplay and Picture. In 2015, Time magazine named Linklater one of the 100 most influential people in the world on the annual Time 100 list. Linklater is also known to his actors having worked with Ethan Hawke and Matthew McConaughey in many of his films. He was born in the son of Diane Margaret, who taught at Sam Houston State University, Charles W. Linklater, III. Linklater finished at Bellaire High School in Bellaire, Texas for his senior year. He studied until dropping out to work on an off-shore oil rig in the Gulf of Mexico. Linklater frequently read novels on the rig and, upon returning to land, developed a love of film through repeated visits to a repertory theater in Houston. At this point, he realized he wanted to be a filmmaker. Linklater moved to Austin, Texas. Linklater was influenced by Martin Scorsese Robert Bresson, Yasujiro Ozu, Rainer Werner Fassbinder, Carl Theodor Dreyer.Richard Linklater – Linklater in 2015
28. John Logan (writer) – John David Logan is an American playwright, screenwriter, film producer, television producer. Logan was born in San Diego on September 1961. His parents emigrated from Northern Ireland via Canada. The youngest of three children, he has sister. Logan grew up before moving to Chicago to attend Northwestern University, where he graduated in 1983. Logan was a successful playwright in Chicago for many years before turning to screenwriting. His first play, Never the Sinner, tells the story of Loeb case. Subsequent plays include Hauptmann, about Riverview, a musical melodrama set at Chicago's famed amusement park. Alfred Molina had originated their roles in London and also performed on Broadway, for a limited run ending in late June. Logan wrote the television film RKO 281, before gaining an Academy Award nomination for co-writing the Best Picture winner Gladiator in 2000. He directed by Martin Scorsese. He wrote Spectre. He also created Penny Dreadful starring Josh Hartnett, Eva Green and Timothy Dalton, for which he also serves as sole writer. Nominated, 2011 – Academy Award for Best Adapted Screenplay, for Hugo Winner, 2010 – Tony Award Best Play, for Red.John Logan (writer) – John Logan
29. Cameron Mackintosh – Sir Cameron Anthony Mackintosh is a British theatrical producer notable for his association with many commercially successful musicals. He is the producer of shows such as Les Misérables, The Phantom of the Opera, Mary Poppins, Oliver!, Miss Saigon and Cats. He was knighted for services to musical theatre. In 2008 The Daily Telegraph ranked number 7 in their list of the "100 most powerful people in British culture". He was born in Enfield, London, Ian Robert Mackintosh, a timber merchant and jazz trumpeter. His mother, a native of Malta, was of Maltese and French descent. He was educated at Prior Park College in Bath. Mackintosh began producing his small tours before becoming a London-based producer in the 1970s. His early London productions included Anything Goes in 1969, The Card, Side by Sondheim, My Fair Lady and Tom Foolery. In 1981, Mackintosh produced Andrew Lloyd Webber's Cats, then considered an unlikely subject for a musical. It went on to become one of the longest running musicals on both sides of the Atlantic. After the success of Cats, Mackintosh approached Alain Boublil about bringing their musical Les Misérables to the London stage. The musical opened in 1985 before transferring to the Palace Theatre. Les Misérables had a shaky start at a lukewarm critical reception before becoming a massive hit, largely by word-of-mouth. The original London production is still running, along with the New York production, the longest-running Broadway musical of all time.Cameron Mackintosh – Mackintosh at the Australian Premiere of Les Misérables, in December 2012
30. Kevin McClory – Kevin O'Donovan McClory was an Irish screenwriter, producer, director. McClory was best known for for his legal battles with Fleming. McClory was suffered from dyslexia. Alice McClory, was reportedly related to the Brontë family. McClory's parents, Winifred were actors and theatre producers in Ireland. As a teenaged 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 attacked the ship with heavy machine gun fire. The U-Boat retreated. The second attack occurred on 21 February 1943 when McClory was serving on the Norwegian Stigstad, attacked by torpedo from multiple U-boats. McClory and the other survivors made it to a life raft. They traveled more than 600 miles before being rescued off the coast of Ireland. Two seaman died on a third died soon after they were rescued. McClory 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.Kevin McClory – Kevin McClory in 1959
31. Steve McQueen (director) – Steven Rodney "Steve" McQueen CBE is an English film director, producer, screenwriter, video artist. McQueen is the first black filmmaker to win an Academy Award for Best Picture. McQueen is known for his collaborations with actor Michael Fassbender, who has starred in all three of McQueen's feature films as of 2014. McQueen's other feature films are a drama about an executive struggling with sex addiction. For his artwork, McQueen has received the Turner Prize, the highest award given to a British visual artist. In 2006 he produced Queen and Country, which commemorates the deaths of British soldiers in Iraq by presenting their portraits as a sheet of stamps. For services to the visual arts, he was appointed Commander of the Order of the British Empire in 2011. In April 2014, TIME magazine included McQueen in its annual TIME 100 as one of the "Most Influential People in the World." In October 2016, McQueen was granted BFI's highest honour, the BFI Fellowship. McQueen was born in London and is of Grenadian and Trinidadian descent. He grew up in Hanwell, West London and went to Drayton Manor High School. Later, the new head of the school would admit that there had been "institutional" racism at the time. He was a keen football player, turning out for the St. George's Colts football team. He left Goldsmiths and studied briefly at New York University's Tisch School of the Arts in the United States. He found the approach there too stifling and insufficiently experimental, complaining that "they wouldn't let you throw the camera up in the air".Steve McQueen (director) – Steve McQueen holding the Best Picture Oscar statuette for 12 Years a Slave, March 2014
32. George Miller (director) – George Miller AO is an Australian film director, screenwriter, producer, former medical doctor. Aside from the Mad Max films, Miller has been involved in a wide range of projects. These include Happy Feet film series. Miller is co-founder of the production houses Kennedy Miller Mitchell, formerly known as Kennedy Miller, Dr. D Studios. In 2006, Miller won the Academy Award for Happy Feet. Miller was born to Greek immigrant parents: Dimitri Castrisios Miller and Angela Balson. The couple married and settled in Chinchilla and had four sons: fraternal twins George and John, Chris, Bill. George attended Ipswich Grammar School and later Sydney Boys High School, then studied medicine at the University of New South Wales with his twin brother John. In 1972, Miller completed his residency at St Vincent's Hospital, spending his time-off crewing on short experimental films. 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 Mitchell's role in the company. In 1979, Miller made his directorial debut with Mad Max. He also co-directed many acclaimed miniseries for Australian television including The Dismissal and The Cowra Breakout.George Miller (director) – Miller at the 2015 Cannes Film Festival
33. Doug Mitchell (film producer) – Doug Mitchell is a film producer. Mitchell's career as a producer began as a member of the Kennedy Miller production house based in Sydney, Australia. In total the film was nominated for seven Academy Awards, winning the Academy Award for Best Visual Effects. In 2006 he was Bill Miller of the computer-animated film Happy Feet. The trio were nominated in the Outstanding Producer of Animated Theatrical Motion Pictures category at the Producers Guild of America Awards 2006. Following the release in 2011 they were nominated for the 2012 Asia Pacific Screen Award for Best Animated Feature Film. Mitchell received another Academy Award 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 and Terry Hayes. 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 and Terry Hayes. 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 and Bill Miller. 1995: BAFTA Award nomination for Babe, Best Film, with George Miller, Bill Miller and Chris Noonan.Doug Mitchell (film producer) – Doug Mitchell (right) with the cast and crew of Mad Max: Fury Road at the 2015 Cannes Film Festival.
34. Alexander Payne – Alexander Payne is an American film director, screenwriter, producer, known for the films Citizen Ruth, Election, About Schmidt, Sideways, The Descendants, Nebraska. His films are noted for satirical depictions of contemporary American society. He is a two winner of the Academy Award for Best Adapted Screenplay, a three time nominee of the Academy Award for Best Director. He was born in Omaha, Nebraska, George Payne, restaurant owners. His mother is of Greek ancestry. Nicholas "Nick" Payne, anglicized the last name from Papadopoulos. His family comes from three areas in Greece: the island of Syros, Livadia, Aegio. Payne's family was part of the fabric of Omaha, which he references as part of his upbringing. His grandfather was a founder of The Virginia Cafe, with Payne's father taking over the restaurant. He went regularly as a child. The restaurant was destroyed in a fire in 1969; the W. Dale Clark Library is now located on the site. Clara Payne, was from a German Nebraska family from Lincoln, Nebraska. In Omaha, he attended Brownell-Talbot School, Lewis and Clark Junior High. Payne graduated in 1979. At Prep, he was the editor of the high school yearbook.Alexander Payne – Payne in Karlovy Vary, 2005
35. Brad Pitt – William Bradley "Brad" Pitt is an American actor and producer. He has received multiple awards and nominations including an Academy Award as producer under his own company Plan B Entertainment. He first gained recognition in the movie Thelma & Louise. His first leading roles in big-budget productions came Through Interview with the Vampire. He starred in the cult film Fight Club and the major international hit Ocean's Eleven and Ocean's Thirteen. His greatest commercial successes have been Troy, Mr. & Mrs. Smith, World War Z. Pitt received his second and third Academy Award nominations for his leading performances in The Curious Case of Benjamin Button and Moneyball. His personal life is also the subject of wide publicity. Divorced from actress Jennifer Aniston, to whom he was married for five years, he has been married to actress Angelina Jolie since 2014. 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 to William Alvin Pitt, who ran Jane Etta, a school counsellor. The family soon moved to Springfield, Missouri, where he lived together with Julie Neal. He has described Springfield as "Jesse James country", having grown up with "a lot of a lot of lakes". He attended Kickapoo High School, where he was a member of the tennis teams.Brad Pitt – Pitt at the premiere of Fury in Washington D.C, October 2014
36. Otto Preminger – Otto Ludwig Preminger was an Austrian American theatre and film director. He is known for directing over 35 feature films in a five-decade career after leaving the theatre. He was twice nominated for the Academy Award for Best Director. He also had a few acting roles. Preminger was born in 1905 into a Jewish family. His parents were Josefa and Markus Preminger born in Czernowitz, capital of Bukovina. The couple provided a stable home life for Preminger and his younger brother Ingo Preminger, later the producer of the original film version of M*A*S*H. Otto recalled: My father believed that it was impossible to be too kind or too loving to a child. He never punished me. When there were problems he discussed them with me reasonably, as though I was an adult. She acted, as always, according to his wishes. I adored him. Intellectually my father influenced me more than my mother. Like other refugees in flight, Markus Preminger saw Austria for his family. He was able to secure a job as a public prosecutor in capital of the Austrian province of Styria.Otto Preminger – Preminger in 1976, by Allan Warren
37. Charles RovenCharles Roven – Charles Roven
38. Steven Spielberg – Steven Allan Spielberg KBE OMRI is an American director, producer, screenwriter. He is also one of the co-founders of DreamWorks Studios. In a career spanning more than four decades, Spielberg's films have spanned many themes and genres. His other films include Jurassic Park, A.I. Artificial Intelligence, War of the Worlds. He won the Academy Award for Saving Private Ryan, well as receiving five other nominations. Three of Spielberg's films -- Jurassic Park -- achieved box office records, originated and came to epitomize the blockbuster film. The gross of all Spielberg-directed films exceeds $ billion worldwide, making him the highest-grossing director in history. His net worth is estimated to be more than $ billion. Spielberg was born in Cincinnati, Ohio, to an Orthodox Jewish family. 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 family moved to Phoenix, Arizona. He attended Hebrew school in classes taught by Rabbi Albert L. Lewis.Steven Spielberg – Spielberg at the 2013 Cannes Film Festival
39. George Stevens – George Stevens was an American film director, producer, screenwriter and cinematographer. Among his most notable films are A Place in the Sun, Shane, Giant, The Diary of Anne Frank. His family included his father Landers Stevens and his mother Georgie Cooper, both stage actors. His uncle was critic Ashton Stevens. He also had two brothers, writer Aston Stevens. He worked and toured with them on his path to filmmaking. He broke as a cameraman, working on many Laurel and Hardy short films, such as Night Owls. His first film was The Cohens and Kellys in Trouble in 1933. In 1934 he got the slapstick Kentucky Kernels. His big break came when he directed Katharine Hepburn in Alice Adams in 1935. During World War II, Stevens headed a film unit from 1943 to 1946, under General Eisenhower. Stevens also helped prepare other material for presentation during the Nuremberg Trials. One result of his World War II experiences was that his subsequent films became more dramatic. The picture I Remember Mama from 1948 was the last movie that he made with comic scenes. He was responsible for classic films as A Place in the Sun, Shane, The Diary of Anne Frank, Giant and The Greatest Story Ever Told.George Stevens – George Stevens with his Oscar for Giant
40. Jeremy Thomas – Jeremy Jack Thomas, CBE is a British film producer, founder and chairman of Recorded Picture Company. He produced Bernardo Bertolucci's The Last Emperor, which won the 1988 Academy Award for Best Picture. In 2006 he received a European Film Award 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 into a filmmaking family with his father, Ralph Philip Thomas, uncle, Gerald, both directors. His ambition was to work in cinema. After editing Philippe Mora's Brother, Can You Spare a Dime?, he produced his first film Mad Dog Morgan in 1974 in Australia. He then returned to England to produce Jerzy Skolimowski's The Shout, which won the Grand Prix de Jury at the Cannes Film Festival. His independence of spirit has paid off both artistically and commercially. In 1986, Thomas produced an independently financed project, three years in the making. The film swept the board at the 1987 Academy Awards, garnering an outstanding nine Oscars including Best Picture. In 1997 Thomas directed All the Little Animals, starring John Hurt and Christian Bale, in Official Selection at Cannes. In 2010, Thomas premiered Takashi Miike's 13 Assassins at the Venice Film Festival, both of which he executive-produced. Essential Killing went on to win two others, a triple win unprecedented in the Festival's history.Jeremy Thomas – Thomas at the 2009 Toronto International Film Festival
41. Steve Tisch – Steven Elliot "Steve" Tisch is an American film producer and businessman. He is the son of former Giants co-owner Bob Tisch. His family is Jewish. He attended Tufts University, during which he began his filmmaking career. During his youth, Tisch created a number of small films with backing by Columbia Pictures. In 1976, he created his first feature film, Outlaw Blues. He followed this up with Risky Business, which gave Tom Cruise his first lead role. Tisch launched his own production company in 1986, called the Steve Tisch Company, which has since specialized in small screen films. However, he also produced several acclaimed films including Forrest Gump, American History X, Snatch. Other projects include Seven Pounds starring Will Smith, Knowing, The Taking of Pelham 123 starring Denzel Washington and John Travolta. In 2007, Tisch received the P.T. Barnum Award in the field of media and entertainment. Tisch was named Executive Vice President of the New York Giants American football team in 2005. Tisch accepted the Vince Lombardi Trophy twice, again when they won Super Bowl XLVI. Tisch has been married twice; his first marriage ended in divorce. In 1996, Tisch married Jamie Leigh Anne Alexander.Steve Tisch – Tisch at the New York Giants Super Bowl rally at Giants Stadium.
42. Mike Todd – He is known as the third of Elizabeth Taylor's seven husbands and is the only one whom she did not divorce. He was the driving force behind the development of the eponymous Todd-AO widescreen format. Todd was born to Chaim Goldbogen and Sophia Hellerman, both of whom were Polish Jewish immigrants. 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 for running a game of craps inside the school. In high school, he produced The Mikado, considered a hit. He eventually worked at a variety of jobs, including shoe salesman and store window decorator. One of his first jobs was as a jerk. Todd began his career in the business, where he made, 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. Frank, next opened their own construction company. 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 $ million.Mike Todd – Todd at the Jones Beach Theater on Long Island, 1952.
43. Hal B. Wallis – Harold Brent "Hal" Wallis was an American film producer. On, for a long period, Wallis was connected with Paramount Pictures and oversaw films featuring Dean Martin, Jerry Lewis, Elvis Presley, John Wayne. His family moved to Los Angeles, California where he found work as part of the publicity department at Warner Bros. in 1923. Within a few years, he would eventually become head of production at Warner. In a career that spanned more than 50 years, Wallis 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, Now, Voyager. He left Warner Bros. in 1944, after a clash with Jack L. Warner over Warner's acceptance of the Best Picture Oscar for Casablanca, to work as an independent producer, enjoying considerable success both commercially and critically. The first screenwriters he hired for his new enterprise were Lillian Hellman. Among his financial hits were the Dean Martin and Jerry Lewis comedies, several of Elvis Presley's movies. Wallis produced its sequel. After moving to Universal Pictures, Wallis produced Mary, Queen of the Thousand Days. Wallis received 16 Academy producer nominations for Best Picture, winning for Casablanca in 1943. For his consistently high quality of motion production, Wallis was twice honored with the Academy Awards' Irving G. Thalberg Memorial Award. Wallis was also nominated for twice winning awards for Best Picture.Hal B. Wallis – Hal B. Wallis
44. Harvey Weinstein – Harvey Weinstein, CBE is an American film producer and film studio executive. Weinstein is best known as co-founder of Miramax, which produced independent films including Pulp Fiction, Sex, Lies and Videotape, The Crying Game and Clerks. His brother Bob have been co-chairmen of their film production company, since 2005. Weinstein was born in Flushing, New York. Weinstein was raised in the son of Max Weinstein, Miriam. Weinstein grew up in a co-op named Electchester in New York City. He graduated from John Bowne High School, then the University at Buffalo. Corky Burger independently produced rock concerts as Harvey & Corky Productions in Buffalo through most of the 1970s. They nurtured a desire to enter the industry. The company's first releases were primarily music-oriented concert films such as Paul McCartney's 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 Weinstein brothers edited the two films into one movie tailored for the American market. The resulting film was released as The Secret Policeman's Other Ball in May 1982 and it became Miramax's first hit. The movie was credited with having helped to raise its profile in the United States. The Weinsteins slowly built with arthouse films that achieved critical attention and modest commercial success.Harvey Weinstein – Weinstein at the 2010 Time 100 Gala, May 4
45. Marsha Garces Williams – Marsha Garces Williams is an American film producer and philanthropist. She is the former wife of actor and comedian Robin Williams. Marsha Garces Williams was born in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. She grew up in Shorewood, Wisconsin and attended Shorewood High School. Leon Garces, was a Filipino born in Ubay, Bohol who moved in 1929. 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 1989 following the 1988 divorce from Valerie. Garces met Williams in 1984, when she was employed as the family's nanny. Previously, Garces was a painter working as a waitress. Their romantic relationship began in 1986. During their marriage, they had Cody Alan, born in 1989 and 1991, respectively. In March 2008, she filed for divorce from Williams citing irreconcilable differences. Their divorce was finalized in 2010. After working as the family's nanny, Garces worked as his personal assistant on films such as Good Morning, Dead Poets Society.Marsha Garces Williams – Williams at the 61st Academy Awards
46. Robin Williams – Robin McLaurin Williams was an American comedian and actor. Starting as Los Angeles in the mid-1970s, Williams is credited with leading San Francisco's renaissance. After rising as Mork in Mork & Mindy, he went on to establish a career in both stand-up comedy and film acting. He was known for his improvisational skills. Williams won the 1997 Academy Award for Best Supporting Actor for his performance as Sean Maguire in Good Will Hunting. Williams also received two Emmy Awards, five Grammy Awards throughout his career. On August 2014, he committed suicide by hanging at his home in California. His wife attributed his suicide with Lewy dementia. Robin McLaurin Williams was born on July 1951. His father Robert Fitzgerald Williams was a senior executive in Ford Motor Company's Lincoln-Mercury Division. His mother Laurie McLaurin was a former model from Jackson, Mississippi; her great-grandfather was Mississippi senator and governor Anselm J. McLaurin. Williams had two elder half-brothers named Robert and McLaurin. He had English, Welsh, Irish, Scottish, German, French ancestry. He attended public elementary school both in Lake Forest, Illinois. Williams described himself as a shy child who did not overcome his shyness until he became involved with his high school department.Robin Williams – Williams in 2011
47. Fred Zinnemann – Alfred "Fred" Zinnemann was an Austrian-born American film director. Zinnemann won four Academy Awards including thrillers, westerns, film noir and play adaptations. He made 25 feature films during his 50-year career. Zinnemann was among the first directors to insist for mixing stars with civilians to give more realism. According to one historian, Zinnemann's style demonstrated his sense of "psychological realism and his apparent determination to make worthwhile pictures that are nevertheless highly entertaining." His films have received 65 Oscar nominations, winning 24. He was born in Oskar Zinnemann, a doctor. His family was Jewish, he had one younger brother. While studying law, Zinnemann became to let him study production in Paris. 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. 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.Fred Zinnemann – Zinnemann in the 1940s