Lew Grade

Producer, Executive, Theatrical agent
This Russian-born producer and executive emigrated to England with his family in 1912. A former music hall dancer turned impresario, Lord Lew Grade calls himself "the last Charleston dancer" but is better known as one ... Read more »
Born: 12/25/1906 in Ukraine

Filmography

Producer (10)

From a Far Country: Pope John Paul II 1981 - 1982 (TV Show)

Executive Producer

Green Ice 1981 (Movie)

(Executive Producer)

On Golden Pond 1981 (Movie)

(Executive Producer)

From the Life of the Marionettes 1980 (Movie)

(Executive Producer)

Autumn Sonata 1978 (Movie)

(Producer)

March Or Die 1977 (Movie)

(Producer)

The Cassandra Crossing 1976 (Movie)

(Producer)

The Possession of Joel Delaney 1971 (Movie)

(Producer)

A Ghost in Monte Carlo (TV Show)

Executive Producer

Duel of Hearts (TV Show)

Executive Producer

Biography

This Russian-born producer and executive emigrated to England with his family in 1912. A former music hall dancer turned impresario, Lord Lew Grade calls himself "the last Charleston dancer" but is better known as one of the pioneers and leading figures in the development of commercial television in Great Britain, a major worldwide distributor of such series as the classic "The Avengers," and as financier and/or executive producer of adaptations ranging from Barbara Cartland novels to such acclaimed features "On Golden Pond" (1981) and "Sophie's Choice" (1982).

Relationships

Family

Michael Grade

Nephew
ran Embassy TV in USA during mid-1980s returned to England as chief executive of Channel 4 in 1988 purchased Pinewood Studios in 1999

Paul Grade

Son
survived him

Bernard Grade

Brother

Leslie Grade

Brother
formerly partnered with Lord Grade in agency business

Kathleen Moody

Wife
survived him

Isaac Winogradsky

Father

Olga Winogradsky

Mother

EDUCATION

dropped out of school at age 14 to work with his father

Milestones

1996

Returned to feature film producing with "Something to Believe In"

1990

Began executive producing Barbara Cartland's novels for TV

1987

Returned to Broadway to produce Andrew Lloyd Webber's "Starlight Express"

1985

Formed and headed The Grade Company

1982

Ceded control of Associated Communications Corp.

1981

Made Broadway producing debut with the short-lived Stephen Sondheim musical "Merrily We Roll Along"

1980

Experiences his own sinking with $36 million failure, "Raise the Titanic"

1976

Created Lord Grade of Elstree, life peerage

1975

Produced miniseries "Moses the Lawgiver"

1968

Broke into feature films with "Journey to the Far Side of the Sun"

1963

Knighted by Queen Elizabeth II

1955

Produced "The Adventures of Robin Hood" for TV

1934

Formed The Collins and Grade Agency with Joe Collins

1934

Gave up performing to become an agent

1926

Won World Charleston Championship

1912

Emigrated to England from native Odessa with family

Was chair and CEO of parent company, Associated Communications Corp.

Served as chair of Stoll Moss Theatres Ltd

Was chair and CEO, Embassy Communications International

Served as president of ATV Network Ltd

Formed Lew and Leslie Grade, Ltd. with brother

Was chair and managing director of ITC Entertainment Ltd

Worked as a stage hall dancer

Produced "The Avengers" for TV

Bonus Trivia

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Once billed as "the man with the musical feet," Grade credits the associations he made in the musical hall circuits as the foundation of his success. He told The New York Times in 1987: "It's relationship. That's been the theme all my life. The looked out for me. They said, 'Lew, there's a great act in Budapest.' It was relationship. They never let me down." To this day, Grade seals his deals with a handshake and the exclaimation, "That's Relationship!"

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