Darryl F Zanuck

Producer, Executive, Screenwriter
One of the most prolific and accomplished moguls of Hollywood's Golden Age, Darryl F. Zanuck was the co-founder and primary force behind 20th Century Fox, and helped to shepherd the company from a start-up in the late ... Read more »
Born: 09/05/1902 in Wahoo, Nebraska, USA

Filmography

Producer (127)

The Big Gamble 1961 (Movie)

(Producer)

The Longest Day 1961 (Movie)

(Producer)

Crack in the Mirror 1960 (Movie)

(Producer)

Compulsion 1959 (Movie)

(Producer)

The Roots of Heaven 1958 (Movie)

(Producer)

Island in the Sun 1957 (Movie)

(Producer)

The Sun Also Rises 1957 (Movie)

(Producer)

The Man in the Gray Flannel Suit 1956 (Movie)

(Producer)

The Egyptian 1954 (Movie)

(Producer)

Viva Zapata! 1952 (Movie)

(Producer)

The Snows of Kilimanjaro 1951 (Movie)

(Producer)

All About Eve 1950 (Movie)

(Producer)

Pinky 1949 (Movie)

(Producer)

Twelve O'Clock High 1949 (Movie)

(Producer)

Gentleman's Agreement 1947 (Movie)

(Producer)

Blood and Sand 1941 (Movie)

(Producer)

How Green Was My Valley 1941 (Movie)

(Producer)

The Grapes of Wrath 1940 (Movie)

(Producer)

Hollywood Cavalcade 1939 (Movie)

(Producer)

Jesse James 1938 (Movie)

(Producer)

Swanee River 1938 (Movie)

(Producer)

The Rains Came 1938 (Movie)

(Producer)

Alexander's Ragtime Band 1937 (Movie)

(Producer)

Heidi 1937 (Movie)

(Producer)

In Old Chicago 1937 (Movie)

(Producer)

Kentucky 1937 (Movie)

(Producer)

Suez 1937 (Movie)

(Producer)

Ali Baba Goes to Town 1936 (Movie)

(Producer)

One in a Million 1935 (Movie)

(Producer)

Sing, Baby, Sing 1935 (Movie)

(Producer)

Folies Bergere 1934 (Movie)

(Producer)

Les Miserables 1934 (Movie)

(Producer)

Thanks a Million 1934 (Movie)

(Producer)

The Call of the Wild 1934 (Movie)

(Producer)

42nd Street 1932 (Movie)

(Producer)

The Public Enemy 1930 (Movie)

(Producer)

Little Caesar 1929 (Movie)

(Producer)

20,000 Years in Sing-Sing (Movie)

(Producer)

Always Goodbye (Movie)

(Producer)

Barricade (Movie)

(Producer)

Brigham Young (Movie)

(Producer)

Bulldog Drummond Strikes Back (Movie)

(Producer)

Captain January (Movie)

(Producer)

Chad Hanna (Movie)

(Producer)

Dames (Movie)

(Producer)

Danger: Love at Work (Movie)

(Producer)

David and Bathsheba (Movie)

(Producer)

Day-Time Wife (Movie)

(Producer)

Dimples (Movie)

(Producer)

Down Argentine Way (Movie)

(Producer)

Dragonwyck (Movie)

(Producer)

Everything Happens at Night (Movie)

(Producer)

Ex-Lady (Movie)

(Producer)

Forever Amber (Movie)

(Executive Producer)

Four Men and a Prayer (Movie)

(Producer)

Four Sons (Movie)

(Producer)

Gateway (Movie)

(Producer)

Half Angel (Movie)

(Producer)

Happy Landing (Movie)

(Producer)

He Married His Wife (Movie)

(Producer)

Here I Am a Stranger (Movie)

(Producer)

Hold That Co-Ed (Movie)

(Producer)

Hotel for Women (Movie)

(Producer)

I Was an Adventuress (Movie)

(Producer)

International Settlement (Movie)

(Producer)

It Had to Happen (Movie)

(Producer)

Johnny Apollo (Movie)

(Producer)

Just Around the Corner (Movie)

(Producer)

Kentucky Moonshine (Movie)

(Producer)

Ladies in Love (Movie)

(Executive Producer)

Lillian Russell (Movie)

(Producer)

Little Miss Broadway (Movie)

(Producer)

Little Old New York (Movie)

(Producer)

Love and Hisses (Movie)

(Producer)

Maryland (Movie)

(Producer)

Noah's Ark (Movie)

(Associate Producer)

Old San Francisco (Movie)

(Producer)

On the Avenue (Movie)

(Producer)

On with the Show (Movie)

(Producer)

People Will Talk (Movie)

(Producer)

Private Number (Movie)

(Producer)

Professional Soldier (Movie)

(Producer)

Rebecca of Sunnybrook Farm (Movie)

(Producer)

Rose of Washington Square (Movie)

(Producer)

Sally, Irene and Mary (Movie)

(Producer)

Second Honeymoon (Movie)

(Producer)

Show Them No Mercy! (Movie)

(Producer)

Slave Ship (Movie)

(Producer)

Son of Fury (Movie)

(Producer)

Stanley and Livingstone (Movie)

(Producer)

Star Dust (Movie)

(Producer)

Straight, Place and Show (Movie)

(Producer)

Submarine Patrol (Movie)

(Producer)

Susannah of the Mounties (Movie)

(Producer)

Tail Spin (Movie)

(Producer)

That Night in Rio (Movie)

(Producer)

The Baroness and the Butler (Movie)

(Producer)

The Blue Bird (Movie)

(Producer)

The Bowery (Movie)

(Producer)

The Cabin in the Cotton (Movie)

(Producer)

The Country Doctor (Movie)

(Producer)

The Dark Horse (Movie)

(Producer)

The First Auto (Movie)

(Producer)

The Gorilla (Movie)

(Producer)

The Great American Broadcast (Movie)

(Producer)

The Great Profile (Movie)

(Producer)

The House of Rothschild (Movie)

(Producer)

The Last Gentleman (Movie)

(Producer)

The Man Who Played God (Movie)

(Producer)

The Poor Little Rich Girl (Movie)

(Producer)

The Prisoner of Shark Island (Movie)

(Producer)

The Purple Heart (Movie)

(Producer)

The Return of Frank James (Movie)

(Producer)

The Road to Glory (Movie)

(Producer)

This Above All (Movie)

(Producer)

This is My Affair (Movie)

(Producer)

Three Faces East (Movie)

(Producer)

To the Shores of Tripoli (Movie)

(Producer)

Tobacco Road (Movie)

(Producer)

Under Two Flags (Movie)

(Producer)

Wake up and Live (Movie)

(Producer)

Western Union (Movie)

(Producer)

Wife, Doctor and Nurse (Movie)

(Executive Producer)

Wilson (Movie)

(Producer)

Winged Victory (Movie)

(Producer)
Writer (9)

Hogan's Alley (Movie)

(Screenwriter)

Noah's Ark (Movie)

(Screen Story)

The Better 'Ole (Movie)

(Screenwriter)

The Dark Horse (Movie)

(Screenwriter)

The First Auto (Movie)

(Screenwriter)

The Missing Link (Movie)

(Screenwriter)

The Missing Link (Movie)

(Screen Story)

This is My Affair (Movie)

(Screenwriter)

Thunder Birds (Movie)

(Screenwriter)

Biography

One of the most prolific and accomplished moguls of Hollywood's Golden Age, Darryl F. Zanuck was the co-founder and primary force behind 20th Century Fox, and helped to shepherd the company from a start-up in the late 1920s to one of the greatest movie studios in film history. Under Zanuck's command as head of production and later chairman, Fox produced countless memorable motion pictures between 1934 and 1971, including Oscar winners "The Grapes of Wrath" (1940), "How Green Was My Valley" (1941), "Gentleman's Agreement" (1947), "The King and I" (1958), "The Longest Day" (1962), "Planet of the Apes" (1968) and "Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid" (1969). Each of these films, along with dozens of others, benefitted from Zanuck's inherent skill at selecting projects that were both audience pleasers and quality pictures, and honing them from conception to release through careful nurturing of stars, scripts and directors. In doing so, he became an anomaly in the industry: a studio chief with eyes on both the bottom line and artistic merit. Though changing times eventually forced his ouster in the 1970s, Zanuck's exceptional list of productions made him one of the legendary movers and shakers in Hollywood history, and compared to his peers of the time, like Columbia's Harry Cohn and MGM's Louis B. Mayer, also one of the more pleasant of the Golden Age studio titans.

Relationships

Francis Zanuck

Father

Joseph Norton

Step-Father

Darrylin Zanuck de Pineda

Daughter

Susan Zanuck

Daughter

Bella Darvi Actor

Companion

Virginia Fox

Wife
married on January 24, 1924 until his death

Juliette Gréco Actor

Companion

Richard D. Zanuck Producer

Child
Born Dec. 13, 1934; mother, Virginia Zanuck Died July 13, 2012

Louise Zanuck

Mother
divorced from Zanuck's father c. 1908

Richard Zanuck

Son
born in 1934

EDUCATION

Page Military Academy

Los Angeles , California

Milestones

1970

Resigned as CEO of 20th Century-Fox

1969

Fired son as president; held on to own position for less than a year

1968

Became chairman and CEO of 20th Century-Fox, hired son as president

1962

Elected president of 20th Century-Fox

1956

Became independent producer

1935

Served as chief of production at 20th Century-Fox

1935

20th Century combined with Fox Studios to form 20th Century-Fox

1933

Resigned from Warner Bros. after conflict over studio policy

1933

Formed 20th Century Pictures with Joseph Schenck

1929

Put in charge of production at Warner Bros.

1928

Made studio manager of Warner Bros.

1923

Hired by Warner Bros. as staff screenwriter for Rin Tin Tin

1919

Moved to L.A. to work in motion pictures

1908

At age six, moved with mother to Glendale, California

Made son, Richard, vice president of production at 20th Century-Fox

Hired as a gag writer for Keystone Cops, Charlie Chaplin and Fatty Arbuckle

Born in Wahoo, Nebraska

Joined Nebraska National Guard; fought in France aged 15

Film acting debut (as Indian in silent Western) aged eight

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