Producersby quietgiant2 | created - 07 Nov 2011 | updated - 1 month ago | Public
1. George Lucas
Writer | Star Wars
George Walton Lucas, Jr. was raised on a walnut ranch in Modesto, California. His father was a stationery store owner and he had three siblings. During his late teen years, he went to Thomas Downey High School and was very much interested in drag racing. He planned to become a professional racecar ...
Producer | Chariots of Fire
David Puttnam was born on February 25, 1941 in London, England as David Terence Puttnam. He is a producer, known for Chariots of Fire (1981), The Mission (1986) and The Killing Fields (1984). He has been married to Patricia Mary Jones since 1961. They have two children.
Writer | The Trap
Irving Grant Thalberg was born in New York City, to Henrietta (Haymann) and William Thalberg, who were of German Jewish descent. He had a bad heart, having contracted rheumatic fever as a teenager and was plagued with other ailments all of his life. He was quite intelligent with a thirst for ...
Producer | Gone with the Wind
David O. Selznick was a son of the silent movie producer Lewis J. Selznick. David studied at Columbia University until his father lost his fortune in the 1920s. David started work as an MGM script reader, shortly followed by becoming an assistant to Harry Rapf. He left MGM to work at Paramount then...
Producer | Le notti di Cabiria
Dino De Laurentiis left home at age 17 to enrol in film school, supporting himself as an actor, extra, propman, or any other job he could get in the film industry. His persistence paid off, and by the time he reached his 20th birthday he already had one produced film under his belt. After serving ...
6. Carlo Ponti
Producer | Doctor Zhivago
Carlo Ponti was born on December 11, 1912 in Magenta, Lombardy, Italy as Carlo Fortunaro Pietro Ponti. He is known for his work on Doctor Zhivago (1965), La Strada (1954) and Blow-Up (1966). He was married to Sophia Loren and Giuliana Fiastri. He died on January 10, 2007 in Geneva, Switzerland.
7. Sam Spiegel
Producer | Lawrence of Arabia
Born in Germany he went to America some time before the second World War and spent a year in Hollywood reading foreign scripts after which he returned to Berlin where he set up his own company to organise the remaking of foreign films into German language versions. One he handled was 'All Quiet on ...
8. Erich Pommer
Producer | Metropolis
On November 1, 1895, the first public motion picture film presentation was projected at Berlin's Wintergarten with the "Bioscop" apparatus invented by Max Skladanowsky and Emil Skladanowsky. In December 1895, Auguste Lumière and Louis Lumière began exhibiting projected films to the paying public in...
9. Walt Disney
Walter Elias Disney was born on December 5, 1901 in Chicago, Illinois, the son of Flora Disney (née Call) and Elias Disney, a Canadian-born farmer and businessperson. He had Irish, German, and English ancestry. Walt moved with his parents to Kansas City at age seven, where he spent the majority of ...
10. Darryl F. Zanuck
Producer | All About Eve
One of the kingpins of Hollywood's studio system, Zanuck was the offspring of the ill-fated marriage of the alcoholic night clerk in Wahoo, Nebraska's only hotel and the hotel owner's daughter. Both parents had abandoned him by the time he was 13. At 15, he joined the U.S. Army, and he fought in ...
11. Cecil B. DeMille
Producer | The Ten Commandments
His parents Henry C. DeMille and Beatrice DeMille were playwrights. His father died when he was 12, and his mother supported the family by opening a school for girls and a theatrical company. Too young to enlist in the Spanish-American War, Cecil followed his brother William C. de Mille to the New ...
12. Edgar G. Ulmer
Director | The Naked Dawn
Edgar G. Ulmer was born on September 17, 1904 in Olmütz, Moravia, Austria-Hungary as Edgar George Ulmer. He was a director and writer, known for The Naked Dawn (1955), The Black Cat (1934) and Isle of Forgotten Sins (1943). He was married to Shirley Ulmer and Joan Warner. He died on September 30, ...
Producer | A Texas Steer
Born into a large Bohemian-Polish family in Chicago on March 14, 1864, William N. Selig was one of the true pioneers of the motion picture industry. Though not widely remembered today, his Selig Polyscope Co. was responsible for many landmark events in early cinema. Among these were construction of...
15. Mark Johnson
Producer | Rain Man
Mark Johnson was born on December 27, 1945 in Washington, District of Columbia, USA. He is a producer, known for Rain Man (1988), The Chronicles of Narnia: The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe (2005) and The Rookie (2002). He has been married to Lezlie Brooks Johnson since September 26, 1982. They ...
Producer | Der Name der Rose
Alexandre Mnouchkine was born on February 10, 1908 in St. Petersburg, Russian Empire. He was a producer and actor, known for The Name of the Rose (1986), La révolution française (1989) and The Professional (1981). He was married to Simone Renant and Jane Hannen. He died on April 3, ...
19. Bernd Eichinger
Producer | Der Baader Meinhof Komplex
Bernd Eichinger was born on April 11, 1949 in Neuburg an der Donau, Bavaria, Germany. He was a producer, known for The Baader Meinhof Complex (2008), Downfall (2004) and Perfume: The Story of a Murderer (2006). He was married to Katja Hofmann. He died on January 24, 2011 in Los Angeles, California,...
20. Günter Rohrbach
Producer | Die unendliche Geschichte
Producer. Studied germanistics and graduated. From 1961 worked as an editor for the German TV channel WDR, where he was headmaster of the department teleplay between 1965 and 1979. From 1979 to 1994 he was chief executive of the German production company Bavaria Atelier GmbH. Since 1992 Rohrbach ...
21. Werner Herzog
Director | Aguirre, der Zorn Gottes
Director. Writer. Producer. Actor. Poet. He studied history, literature and theatre for some time, but didn't finish it and founded instead his own film production company in 1963. Later in his life, Herzog also staged several operas in Bayreuth, Germany, and at the Milan Scala in Italy. Herzog has...
22. Samuel Goldwyn
Producer | The Best Years of Our Lives
Famed for his relentless ambition, bad temper and genius for publicity, Samuel Goldwyn became Hollywood's leading "independent" producer -- largely because none of his partners could tolerate him for long. Born Shmuel (or Schmuel) Gelbfisz, probably in 1879, in the Jewish section of Warsaw, he was ...
23. Steven Spielberg
Producer | Schindler's List
One of the most influential personalities in the history of cinema, Steven Spielberg is Hollywood's best known director and one of the wealthiest filmmakers in the world. He has an extraordinary number of commercially successful and critically acclaimed credits to his name, either as a director, ...
24. Frank Marshall
Producer | The Curious Case of Benjamin Button
Frank was born in Glendale, California to musician Jack Marshall. He entered the film world when his parents invited him to a birthday party for the daughter of directing legend John Ford in 1966. There, he met Peter Bogdanovich and soon agreed to work on his first film, Targets (1968), later ...
25. Jesse L. Lasky
Producer | Too Many Kisses
Lasky, one of the first pioneers of the Hollywood film industry and its first genuine 'mogul', was not only a consummate showman and entrepreneur, but a jack-of-all-trades. Born in San Francisco in September 1880, the son of a shoe salesman, he attended high school in San Jose and held down his ...
26. William Fox
Producer | 7th Heaven
Starting at the age 8 he had a series of jobs before starting his own business in 1900, which was sold to buy a Brooklyn nickelodeon in 1904. As the new owner with an empty house, Fox hired a coin manipulator and a barker to attract patrons into the dark 146-seat theatre. Once audiences adequately ...
27. Carl Laemmle
The roots of Universal Pictures can rightfully be traced back to 1906 when Carl Laemmle returned home to Chicago after a stint as a bookkeeper in Oshkosh, Wisconsin, and opened up a chain of nickelodeons. This in turn led to the ambitious 39-year-old organizing a film exchange network he boldly ...
28. Adolph Zukor
Producer | Too Many Kisses
Adolph Zukor's success began with penny arcades, offering moving peepshows that evolved into nickelodeon theaters that offered longer, larger moving pictures. On July 12, 1912, he premiered the first feature-length film, Queen Elizabeth (1912), featuring French actress Sarah Bernhardt that ran for ...
29. Hal B. Wallis
Producer | True Grit
Legendary producer Hal B. Wallis was born in Chicago and moved to Los Angeles when he was in his early 20s. He got a job managing a theater owned by Warner Bros., and his success at the job caught the eye of studio head Jack L. Warner, who gave him a job in the studio's publicity department. Within...
30. Jack L. Warner
Producer | My Fair Lady
With his brothers Harry M. Warner, Albert Warner, and Sam Warner, he founded Warner Bros. Pictures Inc. in 1923. They released the first motion picture with synchronized sound, The Jazz Singer (1927) with Al Jolson. In the 1930s they gave employment to a parade of stars, including Bette Davis, ...
31. Charles Pathé
Producer | À la conquête du pôle
Charles Pathé was born on December 25, 1863 in Chevry-Cossigny, Seine-et-Marne, France as Charles Morand Pathé. He was a producer and director, known for The Conquest of the Pole (1912), J'accuse! (1919) and Voyage dans un train (1896). He was married to Marie Foy. He died on December 25, 1957 in ...
Producer | Apocalypse Now
Francis Ford Coppola was born in 1939 in Detroit, Michigan, but grew up in a New York suburb in a creative, supportive Italian-American family. His father, Carmine Coppola, was a composer and musician. His mother, Italia Coppola (née Pennino), had been an actress. Francis Ford Coppola graduated ...
34. Tomoyuki Tanaka
Producer | Gojira
Tomoyuki Tanaka was born on April 26, 1910 in Kashiwara, Osaka, Japan. He graduated from Kansai University in 1940 and joined Toho Studios the same year. After four years with the company, he became a producer, with his first film production being Kita no san-nin (1945). He was set to begin work on...
35. Hal Roach
Director | One Million B.C.
Hal Roach was born in 1892 in Elmira, New York. After working as a mule skinner, wrangler and gold prospector, among other things, he wound up in Hollywood and began picking up jobs as an extra in comedies, where he met comedian Harold Lloyd in 1913 in San Diego. By all accounts, including his own,...
36. Clint Eastwood
Actor | Million Dollar Baby
Clint Eastwood was born May 31, 1930 in San Francisco, the son of Clinton Eastwood Sr., a bond salesman and later manufacturing executive for Georgia-Pacific Corporation, and Ruth Wood, a housewife turned IBM operator. He had a comfortable, middle-class upbringing in nearby Piedmont. At school ...
39. Michael Carreras
Producer | What a Crazy World
Michael Carreras was born on December 21, 1927 in Wandsworth, London, England as Michael Henry Carreras. He was a producer and director, known for What a Crazy World (1963), The Lost Continent (1968) and Prehistoric Women (1967). He died on April 19, 1994 in Chelsea, London.
40. Walter Wanger
Producer | Cleopatra
A graduate of Dartmouth College, New Hampshire, Walter Wanger was among the more literate and socially conscious American film producers of his time. At the peak of his career, his salary was exceeded only by that of Louis B. Mayer at MGM. Wanger had served in the air force on the Italian front ...
Actor | Robin Hood
Douglas Fairbanks was born Douglas Elton Thomas Ullman in Denver, Colorado, to Ella Adelaide (nee Marsh) and Hezekiah Charles Ullman, an attorney and native of Pennsylvania, who was a captain for the Union forces during the Civil War. Fairbanks' paternal grandparents were German Jewish immigrants, ...
42. Hank Moonjean
Producer | Dangerous Liaisons
Hank Moonjean was born on January 19, 1930 in Evanston, Illinois, USA. He was an assistant director and producer, known for Dangerous Liaisons (1988), Stroker Ace (1983) and Cool Hand Luke (1967). He died on October 7, 2012 in Los Angeles, California, USA.
44. Louis B. Mayer
Producer | The Great Secret
Mayer was born Lazar Meir in the Ukraine and grew up in Saint John, New Brunswick, Canada after his parents fled Russian oppression in 1886. He had a brutal childhood, raised in poverty and suffering physical and emotional abuse from his nearly-illiterate peddler father. In the early 1890s, he ...
45. Harvey Weinstein
Producer | Shakespeare in Love
Harvey Weinstein was born on March 19, 1952 in Flushing, Queens, New York City, New York, USA. He is a film producer, known for Pulp Fiction (1994), Shakespeare in Love (1998) and Gangs of New York (2002). He is now separated from his wife Georgina Chapman and was previously married to Eve Chilton ...
Quentin's Tarantino producer and closed friend Miramax
46. Graham King
Producer | The Departed
Oscar®-winning producer Graham King has worked behind the scenes with the industry's foremost creative talents in both major motion pictures and independent features. Over the last 30 years, King has produced or executive produced more than 45 films, grossing $1.2 billion at the domestic box office...
47. John Brabourne
Producer | Romeo and Juliet
A director of Thames Television, Euston Films and Thorn EMI, John Brabourne's entrepreneurial skills were crucial to creating some major successes in the British cinema. In the sixties he produced two celebrated Shakespeare adaptations, the film of Othello (1965) starring Laurence Olivier and ...
48. Mack Sennett
Producer | The Good-Bye Kiss
Mack Sennett was born Michael Sinnott on January 17, 1880 in Danville, Quebec, Canada, to Irish immigrant farmers. When he was 17, his parents moved the family to East Berlin, Connecticut, and he became a laborer at American Iron Works, a job he continued when they moved to Northampton, ...
50. Saul Zaentz
Producer | The English Patient
Saul Zaentz learned gambling as a youth in Passaic, New Jersey, playing a card game called briscola. Later, in his twenties, he earned a full-time living as a gambler.
Saul settled in San Francisco after WWII, at first working for a local record distributor and eventually joining the jazz record ...
51. Arthur Freed
Producer | An American in Paris
Producer, songwriter and author, brother to Ralph Freed, Walter and Ruth Freed. He was educated at the Phillips Exeter Academy, and became associated with Gus Edwards musical acts. He performed in vaudeville with Louis Silvers, with whom he wrote revues for New York restaurants. During World War I,...
53. Stanley Donen
Director | Charade
Inspired by Fred Astaire's dancing in Flying Down to Rio (1933), Stanley Donen (pronounced 'Dawn-en') attended dance classes from the age of ten. He later recalled that the only thing he wanted to be was a tap dancer.
He was born in Columbia, South Carolina, to Helen Pauline (Cohen) and Mordecai ...
56. Oskar Messter
Producer | Rapunzel
Oskar Messter produced many movies at the beginning of his career with normally self-explanatory titles like "Schlittschuhläufer auf der West-Eisbahn" (1896), "Vor der Albert-Brücke in Dresden" (1897), "Umsturz einer Mauer" (1897), "Stapellauf vom Kreuzer Wilhelm der Grossen" (1897), or "Seine ...
57. James Cameron
Writer | Avatar
James Francis Cameron was born on August 16, 1954 in Kapuskasing, Ontario, Canada. He moved to the United States in 1971. The son of an engineer, he majored in physics at California State University before switching to English, and eventually dropping out. He then drove a truck to support his ...
58. Renzo Rossellini
Producer | Fitzcarraldo
Renzo Rossellini first collaborated with his father, Roberto Rossellini, as an assistant director and, later, as his producer until 1977. Then, he founded and served as chairman of "Gaumont Italia" and, later, "Artisti Associati Spa". With these companies, he produced, financed and distributed more...
Producer | Driving Miss Daisy
Richard D. Zanuck was born on December 13, 1934 in Los Angeles, California, USA as Richard Darryl Zanuck. He was a producer, known for Driving Miss Daisy (1989), Deep Impact (1998) and Cocoon (1985). He was married to Lili Fini Zanuck, Linda Harrison and Lili Gentle. He died on July 13, 2012 in ...
61. Irwin Winkler
Producer | Life as a House
Irwin Winkler's career as a producer, director and writer encompasses popular and influential movies that have impacted contemporary culture. With a passion for big, bold, meaningful stories, his films include an array of true screen classics, garnering among them 12 Academy Awards and 52 Oscar ...
63. Kathleen Kennedy
Producer | The Curious Case of Benjamin Button
Kathleen Kennedy worked in San Diego local television, spending years at KCST before moving to Los Angeles, where she was approached by John Milius as an assistant, and she metSteven Spielberg during the production of 1941 (1979). Both later reported that she was lacking as a typist but had good ...
64. Merian C. Cooper
Writer | King Kong
In 1920, Merian C. Cooper was a member of volunteer of the American Kosciuszko Squadron that supported the Polish army in the war with Soviet Russia, where he met best friend and producing partner Ernest B. Schoedsack. On 26 July 1920, his plane was shot down, and he spent nearly nine months in the...
66. Alexander Korda
Director | The Private Life of Don Juan
One of a large group of Hungarian refugees who found refuge in England in the 1930s, Sir Alexander Korda was the first British film producer to receive a knighthood. He was a major, if controversial, figure and acted as a guiding force behind the British film industry of the 1930s and continued to ...
67. Robert Evans
Producer | Chinatown
Robert Evans was born in New York City, to Florence (Krasne) and Archie Shapera, a dentist with a thriving practice in Harlem. His family was of Russian Jewish descent. He was raised on Manhattan's Upper West Side. He began his show-business career as a teenage radio act or. After flopping in his ...
69. Tim Bevan
Producer | Les Misérables
Tim Bevan was born on December 20, 1957 in Queenstown, New Zealand as Timothy John Bevan. He is a producer, known for Les Misérables (2012), Atonement (2007) and United 93 (2006). He has been married to Amy Gadney since 2001. They have two children. He was previously married to Joely ...
73. Georges Méliès
Director | À la conquête du pôle
Georges Méliès was a French illusionist and film director famous for leading many technical and narrative developments in the earliest days of cinema.
Méliès was an especially prolific innovator in the use of special effects, popularizing such techniques as substitution splices, multiple exposures, ...
74. Chuck Lorre
Writer | Two and a Half Men
For the past twenty years, award-winning creator, executive producer and writer Chuck Lorre has conquered the entertainment industry with hit shows like Grace Under Fire (1993), Dharma & Greg (1997), Roseanne (1988) and Cybill (1995) as well as the number 1 comedy on television and four year ...
75. Tom Fontana
Writer | St. Elsewhere
Tom Fontana was born on September 12, 1951 in Buffalo, New York, USA. He is an Emmy Award winning writer and producer, known for Copper (2012), Borgia (2011), Oz (1997), Homicide: Life on the Street (1993) and St. Elsewhere (1982). He was twice married to Sagan Lewis, before her death in 2016.
Actor | Inception
Few actors in the world have had a career quite as diverse as Leonardo DiCaprio's. DiCaprio has gone from relatively humble beginnings, as a supporting cast member of the sitcom Growing Pains (1985) and low budget horror movies, such as Critters 3 (1991), to a major teenage heartthrob in the 1990s,...
77. Buddy Adler
Producer | From Here to Eternity
While known mostly for his activities as a film producer, Maurice Buddy Adler attended both Columbia and Pennsylvania universities and wrote fiction short stories for magazines prior to becoming involved in the film industry. In 1936 he joined MGM Pictures as a writer for the regular series of ...
79. Jordan Peele
Writer | Get Out
Jordan Haworth Peele attended Sarah Lawrence College as a member of the class of 2001. His mother is white and his father is black. Jordan is married to comedian Chelsea Peretti, with whom he has a son.
He is known for co-writing and starring in the comedy Keanu (2016), opposite his close friend ...
Producer | Der Himmel über Berlin
Joachim von Mengershausen was born on August 7, 1936 in Bamberg, Germany. He was a producer and actor, known for Wings of Desire (1987), Paris, Texas (1984) and Black Cat, White Cat (1998). He died on January 22, 2020 in Cologne, North Rhine-Westphalia, Germany.
83. Joanna Lumley
Actress | Absolutely Fabulous
Joanna Lumley was born on 1 May, 1946 in Kashmir, India, to British parents, Thya Beatrice Rose (Weir) and James Rutherford Lumley. Her father was a major in the Gurkha Rifles, and she spent most of her early childhood in the Far East where her father was posted.
An aspiring actress, she first came ...
Producer | The Artist
Adrian Politowki is the Co-Founder and previous CEO of Umedia (2004-2019) where he grew the group organically with Nadia Khamlichi from a modest 3 person organization into the $100M+ turnover international production group with 200 staff that it is today. Today Adrian remains as Chairman of Umedia.
88. Nadia Khamlichi
Producer | What Happened to Monday
Co-founder of uFund in 2004 and Umedia in 2010, Nadia has been co-CEO of the group since its creation. She is more specifically taking care of Brussels and Paris offices, supervising the Tax Shelter fundraising operations and investments in Belgium through the Belgian production arm. She is also ...
89. Roger Frappier
Producer | Hochelaga, Terre des Âmes
Roger Frappier was born on April 14, 1945 in Saint-Joseph-de-Sorel, Montérégie, Quebec, Canada. He is a producer and director, known for Hochelaga, Land of Souls (2017), The Grand Seduction (2013) and Two Lovers and a Bear (2016). He has been married to Jill Frappier since 1968.
90. Samuel Z. Arkoff
By the early 1950s, future movie mogul Samuel Z. Arkoff was a brash 30-ish lawyer scratching out a living by representing his in-laws and the Hollywood fringe, which included many of now infamous director/angora-clad transvestite Edward D. Wood Jr.'s social circle. As a shark, Arkoff was physically...
91. Menahem Golan
Producer | The Apple
Menahem Golan was born Menahem Globus to parents of Polish decent in Tiberias, Israel, in May 1929. In his early years, he was a pilot for the fledgling Israeli Air Force, changing his surname to Golan for patriotic reasons in 1948. A few years later, he took the first step towards his future ...
92. Yoram Globus
Producer | Cobra
Yoram Globus is an Israeli film producer, cinema owner and distributor who is most famous for his association with Cannon Films Inc., a company he ran with his cousin Menahem Golan.
In 1978, Globus and Golan moved to Hollywood and purchased the film production company "Cannon" ("The Cannon Group") ...
93. Antoine Fuqua
Producer | The Magnificent Seven
Antoine Fuqua is an American film director, known for his work in the film Training Day as well as The Replacement Killers, Tears of the Sun, King Arthur, Shooter, Brooklyn's Finest, Olympus Has Fallen and The Equalizer.
He has directed music videos for such artists as Arrested Development, Prince, ...
Writer | Casa de Areia
Luiz Carlos Barreto was born on May 20, 1928 in Sobral, Ceará, Brazil as Luiz Carlos Barreto Borges. He is a producer and writer, known for House of Sand (2005), Four Days in September (1997) and Isto É Pelé (1974). He is married to Lucy Barreto. They have two children.
95. Ray Harryhausen
Producer | Clash of the Titans
When it comes to motion picture special effects, there is only one name that personifies movie magic--Ray Harryhausen. From his debut films with George Pal to his final film, Harryhausen imbued magic and visual strength to motion picture special effects as no other technician has, before or since.
96. John Houseman
Actor | Three Days of the Condor
Academy Award-winning actor John Houseman's main contribution to American culture was not his own performances on film but rather, his role as a midwife to one of the greatest actor-directors-cinematic geniuses his adopted country ever produced (Orson Welles) and as a midwife to a whole generation ...
97. John M. Stahl
Director | Leave Her to Heaven
John Stahl was the final executive in charge of Tiffany Pictures (located on the Talisman lot, later owned by Monogram Pictures), once a big fish in the pond of "Poverty Row", which in those days also included Columbia Pictures. With a B-movie history dating back to the silent era and after making ...
98. Gregory La Cava
Director | Stage Door
A former cartoonist, Gregory La Cava entered films during WWI as an animator for Walter Lantz on such animated films as "The Katzenjammer Kids" series. Hired by the Hearst Corp. as the editor-in-chief for its International Comic Films division, La Cava switched to live-action films in the 1920s and...
99. Ole Olsen
Producer | Himmelskibet
Ole Olsen was born on May 5, 1863 in Tangemose, Starreklinte, Denmark. He was a producer and director, known for A Trip to Mars (1918), The End of the World (1916) and Isbjørnejagten (1907). He was married to Anna Hendriksen. He died on October 4, 1943 in Hellerup, Denmark.
100. Adam McKay
Producer | The Other Guys
Adam McKay (born April 17, 1968) is an American screenwriter, director, comedian, and actor. McKay has a comedy partnership with Will Ferrell, with whom he co-wrote the films Anchorman, Talladega Nights, and The Other Guys. Ferrell and McKay also founded their comedy website Funny or Die through ...