Joe Pasternak

Producer, Second assistant director, Fourth assistant director
Hungarian immigrant who came to America in his teens and worked his way up through the ranks to become an assistant director at Paramount in 1923. After producing several successful films in Europe, Pasternak revived ... Read more »
Born: 09/19/1901 in Hungary

Filmography

Producer (63)

The Sweet Ride 1967 (Movie)

(Producer)

Spinout 1966 (Movie)

(Producer)

Girl Happy 1965 (Movie)

(Producer)

Made in Paris 1965 (Movie)

(Producer)

A Ticklish Affair 1963 (Movie)

(Producer)

The Courtship of Eddie's Father 1963 (Movie)

(Producer)

Billy Rose's Jumbo 1961 (Movie)

(Producer)

Please Don't Eat the Daisies 1960 (Movie)

(Producer)

Where the Boys Are 1959 (Movie)

(Producer)

Ask Any Girl 1958 (Movie)

(Producer)

Party Girl 1958 (Movie)

(Producer)

This Could Be the Night 1957 (Movie)

(Producer)

Meet Me in Las Vegas 1956 (Movie)

(Producer)

Ten Thousand Bedrooms 1956 (Movie)

(Producer)

The Opposite Sex 1956 (Movie)

(Producer)

Hit the Deck 1955 (Movie)

(Producer)

Love Me or Leave Me 1955 (Movie)

(Producer)

Athena 1954 (Movie)

(Producer)

Flame and the Flesh 1954 (Movie)

(Producer)

The Student Prince 1954 (Movie)

(Producer)

Easy to Love 1953 (Movie)

(Producer)

Latin Lovers 1953 (Movie)

(Producer)

Small Town Girl 1953 (Movie)

(Producer)

In the Good Old Summertime 1949 (Movie)

(Producer)

The Kissing Bandit 1948 (Movie)

(Producer)

Anchors Aweigh 1945 (Movie)

(Producer)

Music For Millions 1945 (Movie)

(Producer)

Seven Sinners 1939 (Movie)

(Producer)

Destry Rides Again 1938 (Movie)

(Producer)

First Love 1938 (Movie)

(Producer)

Mad About Music 1937 (Movie)

(Producer)

That Certain Age 1937 (Movie)

(Producer)

Three Smart Girls 1936 (Movie)

(Producer)

A Date with Judy (Movie)

(Producer)

Her Highness and the Bellboy (Movie)

(Producer)

Holiday in Mexico (Movie)

(Producer)

It Started With Eve (Movie)

(Producer)

It's a Date (Movie)

(Producer)

Luxury Liner (Movie)

(Producer)

Nancy Goes to Rio (Movie)

(Producer)

Nice Girl? (Movie)

(Producer)

On an Island with You (Movie)

(Producer)

Presenting Lily Mars (Movie)

(Producer)

Rich, Young and Pretty (Movie)

(Producer)

Seven Sweethearts (Movie)

(Producer)

Skirts Ahoy! (Movie)

(Producer)

Song of Russia (Movie)

(Producer)

Spring Parade (Movie)

(Producer)

Summer Stock (Movie)

(Producer)

That Midnight Kiss (Movie)

(Producer)

The Big City (Movie)

(Producer)

The Flame of New Orleans (Movie)

(Producer)

The Great Caruso (Movie)

(Producer)

The Toast of New Orleans (Movie)

(Producer)

The Unfinished Dance (Movie)

(Producer)

This Time for Keeps (Movie)

(Producer)

Thousands Cheer (Movie)

(Producer)

Three Daring Daughters (Movie)

(Producer)

Three Smart Girls Grow Up (Movie)

(Producer)

Thrill of a Romance (Movie)

(Producer)

Two Girls and a Sailor (Movie)

(Producer)

Two Sisters from Boston (Movie)

(Producer)

Youth Takes a Fling (Movie)

(Producer)
Actor (1)

Biography

Hungarian immigrant who came to America in his teens and worked his way up through the ranks to become an assistant director at Paramount in 1923. After producing several successful films in Europe, Pasternak revived the flagging fortunes of Universal with a series of hit musicals starring Deanna Durbin in the mid-1930s. He is also credited with discovering Judy Garland, who later starred in his musicals "Presenting Lily Mars" (1943), "In the Good Old Summertime" (1949) and "Summer Stock" (1950). Pasternak also cast Mario Lanza in "The Toast of New Orleans" (1950) and "The Great Caruso" (1951), and rejuvenated the career of Marlene Dietrich with "Destry Rides Again" (1939).

Relationships

Jeffrey Pasternak

Son

Lanca Kardos

Sister

Dorothy Darrel

Wife
married 1941

Margaret Flander

Wife
divorced was his German secretary

Michael Pasternak

Son

Peter Pasternak

Son
works in music business

EDUCATION

studied acting in NY

Milestones

1968

Produced last film, "The Sweet Ride"

1964

Produced three Oscar telecasts

1940

Moved to MGM where he stayed for the remainer of his career

1937

Helped save the studio with his first US production, the Deana Durbin hit musical, "Three Smart Girls"

1936

Called back to the USA in the mid-1930s when Universal faced bankruptcy

1933

Fled Germany (later family members died in concentration camps)

1929

First film, "Das Schweigen im Walde" (made in Germany)

1928

Appointed manager of Universal's operations in Berlin and as an associate producer (under European production supervisor Paul Kohner) earned $1,500 per week

1926

Joined Universal in Hollywood; wrote and directed first two-reel comedy with El Brendel, "Help Yourself" which helped him advance to asssistant director

1923

Became a second assistant director at Paramount

1921

Emigrated to USA; first worked in a factory, punching holes in leather belts

Made films in Vienna and Budapest

Career ended by Parkinson's disease in the late 1960s

Began studio career as a busboy at Paramount's Astoria studio in Queens, NY; worked his way up to waiter, actor and fourth assistant director

Bonus Trivia

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Pasternak once said that his boyhood dream was "to have my own bathroom." --quoted in his obituary in The New York Times, September 18, 1991.

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