Avi Arad

President-CEO, Producer, Writer
As CEO and president of Marvel Studios, Avi Arad, a self-professed comic book fanatic, was largely responsible for the groundswell of interest in superheroes on both television and in film. Starting off as a toy ... Read more »
Born: 07/31/1948 in Israel

Filmography

Producer (42)

Uncharted 2016 (Movie)

(Producer)

The Amazing Spider-Man 2 2014 (Movie)

(Producer)

The Killing Floor 2014 (Movie)

(Executive Producer)

Ghost Rider: Spirit of Vengeance 3D 2012 (Movie)

(Producer)

The Amazing Spider-Man 2012 (Movie)

(Producer)

Iron Man 2008 (Movie)

(Producer)

Robosapien: Rebooted 2008 (Movie)

(Producer)

The Incredible Hulk 2008 (Movie)

(Producer)

Bratz: The Movie 2007 (Movie)

(Producer)

Ghost Rider 2007 (Movie)

(Producer)

Spider-Man 3 2007 (Movie)

(Producer)

Blade: The Series 2006 (Tv Show)

Executive Producer

X-Men: The Last Stand 2006 (Movie)

(Producer)

Elektra 2005 (Movie)

(Producer)

Fantastic Four 2005 (Movie)

(Producer)

Man-Thing 2005 (Movie)

(Producer)

Blade: Trinity 2004 (Movie)

(Executive Producer)

Mutant X 1994 - 1996, 2001 - 2004 (Tv Show)

Executive Producer

Spider-Man 2 2004 (Movie)

(Producer)

The Punisher 2004 (Movie)

(Producer)

Daredevil 2003 (Movie)

(Producer)

Fantastic Four 1994 - 1996, 2001 - 2003 (Tv Show)

Co-Executive Producer

Iron Man 1994 - 1996, 2001 - 2003 (Tv Show)

Co-Executive Producer

Spider-Man 2002 - 2003 (TV Show)

Executive Producer

The Hulk 2003 (Movie)

(Producer)

X2: X-Men United 2003 (Movie)

(Executive Producer)

Blade II 2002 (Movie)

(Executive Producer)

Spider-Man 2002 (Movie)

(Executive Producer)

Spider-Man Unlimited 1999 - 2000 (TV Show)

Executive Producer

The Avengers 1999 - 2000 (TV Show)

Executive Producer

X-Men 2000 (Movie)

(Executive Producer)

X-Men: Evolution 2000 (TV Show)

Executive Producer

The Incredible Hulk & Friends 1996 - 1999 (TV Show)

Executive Producer

Blade 1998 (Movie)

(Executive Producer)

Silver Surfer 1997 - 1998 (TV Show)

Executive Producer

X-Men 1992 - 1998 (TV Show)

Executive Producer

Biker Mice From Mars 1993 - 1996 (TV Show)

Executive Producer

Spider-Man 1994 (TV Show)

Executive Producer

Generation X (TV Show)

Executive Producer

Maximum Ride (Movie)

(Producer)

Nick Fury: Agent of SHIELD (TV Show)

Executive Producer
Actor (6)

Starz Inside: Comic Books Unbound 2007 - 2008 (TV Show)

Actor

The Grand 2008 (Movie)

Abdul Shavit (Actor)

VH1 Goes Inside: Spider-Man 2003 - 2004 (TV Show)

Actor

Hulk: The Lowdown 2002 - 2003 (TV Show)

Actor

The Hulk: MTV Movie Special 2002 - 2003 (TV Show)

Actor
Executive (1)

Wolverine and the X-Men 1994 - 1996, 2001 - 2004, 2008 - 2009 (Tv Show)

Production Executive
Writer (1)

Robosapien: Rebooted 2008 (Movie)

(Story By)

Biography

As CEO and president of Marvel Studios, Avi Arad, a self-professed comic book fanatic, was largely responsible for the groundswell of interest in superheroes on both television and in film. Starting off as a toy designer, his successful track record - a line of X-Men action figures were massive bestsellers - allowed Arad to branch out into television animation, producing cartoon series such as "Spider-Man" (Fox, 1994-98). He put himself on the map as executive producer on successful feature film adaptations of "Blade" (1998), "X-Men" (2000), "Spider-Man" (2002) and "The Hulk" (2003). Aside from his filmmaking duties, the multi-talented Arad also oversaw the merchandising lines from these movies, in addition to those from the epic "Lord of the Rings" trilogy. While some efforts like "Elektra" (2005) proved less satisfactory, hits on the order of "Iron Man" (2008), bore out Arad's assertion that, if done right, comic book heroes provided nearly limitless franchise - and merchandizing - opportunities. It was Arad's passion and vision that not only placed him at the table of Hollywood's elite filmmakers, but also helped transform a company once perilously close to bankruptcy into an entertainment juggernaut at the forefront of pop culture evolution.

EDUCATION

Hofstra University

Hempstead , New York

Milestones

2003

Produced "Hulk," based on the TV series, starring Eric bana

2003

Produced "X2," directed by Bryan Singer

2003

Produced "Daredevil," starring Ben Affleck

2002

Produced the sequal to the suprise hit "Blade II," once again starring Wesley Snipes

2002

Produced the summer Blockbuster "Spider-man," starring Tobey Maguire and Kirsten Dunst; directed by Sam Raimi

2000

Produced the blockbuster hit "X-Men"

1999

Produced TV series "Spider-Man Unlimited", "Avengers" and "The Silver Surfer"

1998

Took over Marvel Entertainment after its bankruptcy settlement

1998

Executive produced the surprise Wesley Snipes hit "Blade"

1993

Became head of Marvel Studios division devoted to film and TV projects, when Marvel acquired a chunk of Toy Biz

1988

Joined with fellow Israeli immigrant Ike Perlmutter at Toy Biz; created a series of X-Men action figures

1969

Moved to America; worked as a truck driver and taught Hebrew to put himself through school

1965

Was in the Israel Defense Forces; wounded in the Six-Day War and spent 15 months in a hospital

Designed toys for Mattel, Hasbro and Tyco

Bonus Trivia

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"I've never met anyone who gets so excited about his movies and his characters. He's like a big kid whose energy is infectious."---Mary Parent, co-president of Universal Pictures USA Today June 6, 2003

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