Jack Valenti

Executive, Advertising agency owner, Public relations agency owner
One of the most important figures in the film industry for nearly 40 years, Jack Valenti served as the president of the Motion Picture Association of America (MPAA) for 38 years. Among his accomplishments during his ... Read more »
Born: 09/05/1921 in Houston, Texas, USA

Filmography

Actor (32)

The Last Mogul 2005 (Movie)

Himself (Actor)

Air Force One 2000 - 2001 (TV Show)

Actor

Hollywood, D.C.: A Tale of Two Cities 2000 - 2001 (TV Show)

Actor

Intimate Portrait: Lady Bird Johnson 1999 - 2000 (TV Show)

Actor

The Johnson Tapes: Uncivil Liberties 1999 - 2000 (TV Show)

Actor

Cold War 1998 - 1999 (TV Show)

Actor

Copycat Crimes 1998 - 1999 (TV Show)

Actor

First Dogs 1998 - 1999 (TV Show)

Actor

AFI's 100 Years... 100 Movies 1997 - 1998 (TV Show)

Actor

David Brinkley: A Reporter's Life 1996 - 1997 (TV Show)

Actor

Lyndon B. Johnson: Triumph and Tragedy 1996 - 1997 (TV Show)

Actor

The Story of X 1997 (Movie)

Interviewee (Actor)

The 53rd Annual Golden Globe Awards 1995 - 1996 (TV Show)

Presenter

The 66th Annual Academy Awards Presentation 1993 - 1994 (TV Show)

Presenter

Who Killed JFK: The Final Chapter? 1993 - 1994 (TV Show)

Actor

In Censors We Trust 1992 - 1993 (TV Show)

Actor

The 65th Annual Academy Awards 1992 - 1993 (TV Show)

Presenter

The 64th Annual Academy Awards 1991 - 1992 (TV Show)

Presenter

Living in America 1990 - 1991 (TV Show)

Actor

The 63rd Annual Academy Awards 1990 - 1991 (TV Show)

Presenter

The 62nd Annual Academy Awards 1989 - 1990 (TV Show)

Presenter

The Siskel & Ebert Special 1989 - 1990 (TV Show)

Actor

JFK -- A Time Remembered 1988 - 1989 (TV Show)

Actor

The 61st Annual Academy Awards Presentation 1988 - 1989 (TV Show)

Performer

Thurgood Marshall: The Man 1988 - 1989 (TV Show)

Actor

The 58th Annual Academy Awards Presentation 1985 - 1986 (TV Show)

Presenter
Other (1)

Tracking the Monster 2004 - 2005 (TV Show)

Other

Biography

One of the most important figures in the film industry for nearly 40 years, Jack Valenti served as the president of the Motion Picture Association of America (MPAA) for 38 years. Among his accomplishments during his tenure there, was the creation of the modern film rating system, which earned him an equal amount of supporters and detractors. Valenti was also a passionate supporter of entertainment copyrights, and with his sharp sartorial style and erudite language, cut a colorful figure at his many appearances before Washington committees and Hollywood gatherings.

Relationships

Alexandra Valenti

Daughter

Courtenay Valenti

Daughter
married artist Patrick Roberts on July 9, 2000

John Valenti

Son
portrayed father in the HBO original "Path to War"

Mary Wiley

Wife
married on June 1, 1962

EDUCATION

Graduate School of Business Administration, Harvard University

Cambridge , Massachusetts 1948

University of Houston

Houston , Texas 1946

Milestones

2004

Retired from his post as MPAA president, succeeded by former Agriculture Secretary Dan Glickman

2000

Led a group of studio executives to Capitol Hill, where they were lambasted over violence in the media

1992

On April 1 issued a seven-page statement denouncing Oliver Stone's "JFK" as "a propaganda masterpiece and equally a hoax"

1977

Was adjunct professor of government and public administration, American University, Washington, DC

1968

Created the MPAA film rating system; system initially comprised four distinct ratings: G, M, R, and X; later changed M to PG and later added the PG-13 and NC-17 ratings

1966

Elected president and chief executive officer of the Motion Picture Association of America; chair and chief executive officer, Motion Picture Export Association; also named chair, Alliance of Motion Picture and TV Productions Inc in June

1963

Handled the press during the visit of President Kennedy and Vice President Johnson to Dallas on November 22, the day of Kennedy's assassination; stood beside Johnson when he was sworn in as President on plane carrying Kennedy's coffin

1955

Began working as an aide for Senate majority leader Lyndon B Johnson

1952

Founded and was executive vice president, Weekley and Valenti Inc, a Houston advertising and public relations company

1936

Graduated high school at 15

Served as an Air Force pilot in the European theater during WWII (highly decorated)

Served at the White House as President Johnson's special assistant and advisor

During the late 1970s and early 1980s, Valenti became notorious for his colorful attacks on the Sony Betamax VCR

Bonus Trivia

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He was named Motion Picture Pioneer of the Year in 1988.

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Received the Distinguished Flying Cross, Air Medal with five oak leaf clusters, and the European Theater Ribbon with four battle stars for his military service during World War II.

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Valenti was named Chevalier de la Legion d'Honneur by the French government.

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