Alexander Salkind

Producer
The central figure of a filmmaking dynasty, Alexander Salkind became one of the more high-profile international movie producers throughout the 1970s and 1980s, with his greatest success coming with the epic "Superman" ... Read more »
Born: 06/02/1921 in Germany

Filmography

Producer (12)

Christopher Columbus: the Discovery 1992 (Movie)

("presents") (Producer)

The Adventures of Superboy 1988 - 1992 (TV Show)

Executive Producer

Santa Claus: The Movie 1985 (Movie)

(Producer)

Superman III 1983 (Movie)

(Executive Producer)

Crossed Swords 1978 (Movie)

(Producer)

The Four Musketeers 1974 (Movie)

(Producer)

Bluebeard 1972 (Movie)

(Producer)

The Three Musketeers 1972 (Movie)

(Producer)

Kill 1970 (Movie)

(Producer)

Cervantes 1968 (Movie)

(Producer)

The Trial 1963 (Movie)

(Producer)

Austerlitz 1960 (Movie)

(Producer)
Actor (2)

Buster Keaton: A Hard Act to Follow 1987 - 1988 (TV Show)

Actor

Santa Claus: The Making of the Movie 1987 - 1988 (TV Show)

Actor

Biography

The central figure of a filmmaking dynasty, Alexander Salkind became one of the more high-profile international movie producers throughout the 1970s and 1980s, with his greatest success coming with the epic "Superman" (1978). Growing up in a Russian-Jewish family who had fled Europe as the start of WWII, a young Alexander joined father Mikhail Salkind on Latin American film productions like "Marina" (1945) before branching out on his own with the Buster Keaton entry "Boom in the Moon" (1945). Upon their return to Europe, the duo went on to produce larger efforts like "The Battle of Austerlitz" (1960) and "The Trial" (1963). With the addition of Salkind's only child, Ilya, to the family business, three generations of producing acumen came to bear on the swashbuckling hit "The Three Musketeers" (1973). That film and its equally successful sequel provided Salkind with a much needed hit and paved the way for their greatest triumph, "Superman" (1978), the superhero adventure that made an icon of its young star, Christopher Reeve. Despite the infamous firing of director Richard Donner, the sequel "Superman II" (1981) gave the Salkinds another box-office smash, although subsequent sequels and spin-offs from the franchise yielded increasingly diminished results. Sadly, the disastrous "Christopher Columbus: The Discovery" (1992) was the spirit-breaking end to the producer's career, a debacle that resulted in a bitter lawsuit filed against him by his own son. As accomplished as he was controversial, Salkind left an indelible mark upon the industry with a number of beloved films.

Relationships

Maria Salkind

Mother

Berta Dominguez

Wife
married October 18, 1946 Mexican

Mikhail Salkind

Father
Russian-Jewish

Ilya Salkind

Son
born in 1948 in Mexico City, Mexico educated at the University of London has worked with father sued father in 1993 for $10 million, charging breach of contract and conspiracy to defraud on a loan for the film "Christopher Columbus: The Discovery" (1992), lawsuit settled out of court married to Jane Chaplin, daughter of Charlie Chaplin

Milestones

1992

Last feature film credit, "Christopher Columbus: The Discovery"; sued by son Ilya and other producers for breach of contract and conspiracy to defraud on a loan; lawsuit settled out of court

1988

Co-created and co-produced the syndicated series "The Adventures of Superboy"

1978

Credited as 'Presenter' of "Superman", executive produced by son Ilya; Salkind reportedly refused to release the finished print until Warner Bros. paid an additional $15 million fee for international distribution; also 'presented' "Superman II" (1980) and

1973

Had first US box-office success with Richard Lester's remake of "The Three Musketeers"; shooting on the film was extended by a month and the extra footage was fashioned into a sequel "The Four Musketeers" (1975); Screen Actors Guild later issued the Salki

1962

Co-produced "The Trial", directed by Orson Welles

1960

With his father, formed partnership to oversee international features; first production Abel Gance's "Austerlitz", budgeted at betweeen $3 million and $4 million

1942

First solo producing effort, "Boom in the Moon/El Moderno Barba-Azul", starring Buster Keaton

Born in Danzig, Germany (now Gdansk, Poland)

Moved to Mexico City

Family fled the Nazis; first settled in Cuba

Raised in Berlin

Moved back to Europe in the late 1950s; settling in Paris

Began career as assistant to his father

Bonus Trivia

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Salkind's year of birth has variously been reported as 1915, 1921 and 1922. He reportedly claimed to be older when he was beginning his career

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