Mario Kassar

Producer, Executive, Distributor
A major figure in international film distribution turned studio head and leading producer of big-budget Hollywood action fare, Kassar is reputed to be the youngest person to ever form his own foreign distribution ... Read more »
Born: 10/10/1951 in Lebanon

Filmography

Producer (41)

Terminator Salvation 2009 (Movie)

(Executive Producer)

Terminator: The Sarah Connor Chronicles 2007 - 2009 (TV Show)

Executive Producer

Basic Instinct 2: Risk Addiction 2006 (Movie)

(Producer)

Left for Dead 2006 (Movie)

(Producer)

Terminator 3: Rise of the Machines 2003 (Movie)

(Producer)

I Spy 2002 (Movie)

(Producer)

Lolita 1998 (Movie)

(Producer)

Cutthroat Island 1995 (Movie)

(Executive Producer)

Last of the Dogmen 1995 (Movie)

(Executive Producer)

Showgirls 1995 (Movie)

(Executive Producer)

Stargate 1994 (Movie)

(Executive Producer)

Cliffhanger 1993 (Movie)

(Executive Producer)

Heaven and Earth 1993 (Movie)

(Executive Producer)

Aces: Iron Eagle III 1992 (Movie)

(Executive Producer)

Basic Instinct 1992 (Movie)

(Executive Producer)

Chaplin 1992 (Movie)

(Producer)

Light Sleeper 1992 (Movie)

(Executive Producer)

Universal Soldier 1992 (Movie)

(Executive Producer)

L.A. Story 1991 (Movie)

(Executive Producer)

Rambling Rose 1991 (Movie)

(Executive Producer)

Robin Hood 1990 - 1991 (TV Show)

Executive Producer

Terminator 2: Judgment Day 1991 (Movie)

(Executive Producer)

The Doors 1991 (Movie)

(Executive Producer)

Air America 1990 (Movie)

(Executive Producer)

Jacob's Ladder 1990 (Movie)

(Executive Producer)

Mountains of the Moon 1990 (Movie)

(Executive Producer)

Narrow Margin 1990 (Movie)

(Executive Producer)

Total Recall 1990 (Movie)

(Executive Producer)

DeepStar Six 1989 (Movie)

(Executive Producer)

Johnny Handsome 1989 (Movie)

(Executive Producer)

Iron Eagle II 1988 (Movie)

(Executive Producer)

Rambo III 1988 (Movie)

(Executive Producer)

Red Heat 1988 (Movie)

(Executive Producer)

Angel Heart 1987 (Movie)

(Executive Producer)

Extreme Prejudice 1987 (Movie)

(Executive Producer)

Rambo: First Blood Part II 1985 (Movie)

(Executive Producer)

First Blood 1982 (Movie)

(Executive Producer)

Victory 1981 (Movie)

(Associate Producer)

The Amateur 1980 (Movie)

(Executive Producer)

The Changeling 1978 (Movie)

(Executive Producer)

The Silent Partner 1977 (Movie)

(Producer)

Biography

A major figure in international film distribution turned studio head and leading producer of big-budget Hollywood action fare, Kassar is reputed to be the youngest person to ever form his own foreign distribution company, Kassar Films International. Created in 1969 when the future mogul was a mere 18, the firm specialized in the sale, distribution, and exhibition of feature films throughout Asia and Europe. Before long Kassar also boasted successful offices in Rome and Paris. In 1976, he formed Carolco Pictures, Inc. with partner Andrew Vajna, whom he had met while on a business trip to Hong Kong. Kassar and Vajna moved from distribution and sales into production in 1978.

Relationships

Denise Richard

Companion

Dina Kassar

Wife

Milestones

1998

Reteamed with Andy Vajna

1995

Carolco filed Chapter 11 in November

1995

Kassar resigned as chairman of Carolco

1995

Kassar signed non-exclsive three-year first look deal with Paramount (announced in January 1996)

1991

US TV debut, "Robin Hood" on Fox (released theatrically abroad)

1989

Bought Vajna's interests in Carolco; became sole chair of Carolco

1987

First collaboration with writer-director Walter Hill, "Extreme Prejudice"

1982

Breakthrough Carolco production, "First Blood", the first Rambo movie (also executive produced two sequels)

1981

First credit as associate producer, "Victory"; first film with Sylvester Stallone

1979

First credit as executive producer, "The Changeling"

1978

First film as producer (also first Carolco production), "The Silent Partner"

1976

Became partners with Vajna and formed Carolco to distribute films worldwide

1968

At age 18, formed Kassar Films International, a company specializing in the sale, distribution, and exhibition of films in Asia and Europe

Successfully established offices in Rome and Paris

Met distribution company owner Andrew Vajna while on a trip to Hong Kong

Formed MK Prods.

Expanded Carolco into the production and financing end of independent films

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