Adolph Zukor

Executive, Distributor, Exhibitor
A key figure in the development of the motion picture industry, Adolph Zukor helped to found Paramount Pictures, and oversaw its rise from modest distribution house to one of the most successful film studios of its day ... Read more »
Born: 01/07/1873 in Hungary

Filmography

Producer (23)

It: Part One 2015 (Movie)

(Producer)

The Scarlet Empress 1933 (Movie)

(Producer)

Aloma of the South Seas (Movie)

(Producer)

Arizona Bound (Movie)

(Producer)

Beau Sabreur (Movie)

(Producer)

Beggars of Life (Movie)

(Executive Producer)

Children of Divorce (Movie)

(Producer)

Dangerous Money (Movie)

(Producer)

Desert Gold (Movie)

(Producer)

Fashions for Women (Movie)

(Producer)

It's the Old Army Game (Movie)

(Producer)

Legion of the Condemned (Movie)

(Producer)

Let's Go Native (Movie)

(Executive Producer)

Make Way for Tomorrow (Movie)

(Producer)

Manhattan Cocktail (Movie)

(Producer)

Paramount on Parade (Movie)

(Producer)

Sea Horses (Movie)

(Producer)

The Poor Little Rich Girl (Movie)

(Producer)

The Vagabond King (Movie)

(Producer)

The Vanishing American (Movie)

(Producer)

Tin Gods (Movie)

(Producer)

Under the Tonto Rim (Movie)

(Producer)

Wild Horse Mesa (Movie)

(Producer)
Production Management (13)

A Kiss in the Dark (Movie)

(Presented by)

A Society Scandal (Movie)

(Presented by)

Her Love Story (Movie)

(Presented by)

Irish Luck (Movie)

(Presented by)

Madame Sans-Gene (Movie)

(Presented by)

Men (Movie)

(Presented by)

Nice People (Movie)

(Presented by)

The Alaskan (Movie)

(Presented by)

The Light of Western Stars (Movie)

(Presented by)

The Manicure Girl (Movie)

(Presented by)

The Siren Call (Movie)

(Presented by)

The Stranger (Movie)

(Presented by)

Woman-Proof (Movie)

(Presented by)
Actor (3)

Mary Pickford, The Muse of the Movies 2014 (Movie)

Himself (Actor)

Entertainment 1955 1954 - 1955 (TV Show)

Actor

Glorifying the American Girl (Movie)

Himself, arriving at theater (Actor)
Director (1)

The Poor Little Rich Girl (Movie)

(Director)

Biography

A key figure in the development of the motion picture industry, Adolph Zukor helped to found Paramount Pictures, and oversaw its rise from modest distribution house to one of the most successful film studios of its day. A shrewd businessman, Zukor developed a fascination for moving pictures after arriving in New York City from his native Hungary at the turn of the century. He soon rose from exhibitor to producer, striking deals with a variety of smaller entities to create Famous Players-Lasky, one of the biggest film companies of the 1920s. Zukor also helped to establish the practice of block booking, which forced exhibitors wishing to purchase one of his films to also take an entire year's slate of features. This led to a series of clashes between Zukor and the Federal Trade Commission, which eventually broke Paramount's hold on theater chains and brought the studio system to an end in the 1950s. Though his methods were occasionally unsavory, Zukor's approach was always from a business standpoint, which allowed him to retain his reputation as a movie pioneer in the decades that followed his departure from Paramount in 1959.

Relationships

Grandfather
Hungarian mother's father

Mildred Loew

Daughter
born c. 1900 died July 5, 1986 married and divorced Arthur Loew

Eugene Zukor

Son
died December 21, 1994, age 97

Milestones

1916

Merged with Lasky Feature Play Company to form Famous Players-Lasky Corporation; Zukor president, Lasky vice president, Samuel Goldwyn chairman and C.B. DeMille director-general

1912

Left Loew's to form Engadine Corporation to show the feature-length French film "Queen Elizabeth"

1912

Formed "Famous Players (in Famous Plays)" production and distribution company

1904

Opened a movie theater in New York

1903

Joined Marcus Loew in penny arcade business; set up arcades along northeast corridor

1888

Immigrated to USA

Acquired a minor company--Paramount-- and appropriated its name for the entire organization, made up of production company, distribution company and exhibition company

Apprenticed as a clerk in Hungary

Became furrier's apprentice; within four years owned fur business in Chicago

With Loew formed Loew's Consolidated; was treasurer

Orphaned as a child

Served as president of Paramount until 1935; replaced by Barney Balaban; made chairman of the board

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