Albert S Ruddy
Most who enter the entertainment industry have been shiftless dreamers with visions of Hollywood stardom plaguing their minds. Not so with producer Albert Ruddy, who was on a path to becoming a chemical engineer when he had a chance meeting with studio mogul Jack Warner. Born in Montreal and raised in New York, Ruddy attended Brooklyn Tech, then earned a scholarship to City College of New York where he studied chemical engineering. He later graduated from the University of California's School of Architecture and moved back east to pursue a career in construction. It was then that Ruddy met Warner, who offered him a job at Warner Bros. as an executive. Ruddy moved on to the Rand Corporation, where he served as a programmer trainee and representative with the Air Force. Returning to entertainment, Ruddy was a television writer at Universal, but left when Marlon Brando, Sr.-father of the legendary actor-hired him to produce "Wild Seed" in 1965.