Robert Halmi Sr.

Producer, Executive, Author
A larger-than-life showman who assembled nearly 200 film and TV productions in his first two decades in the business. Robert Halmi Sr is renowned for producing tasteful "prestige" productions for the small screen ... Read more »
Born: 01/22/1924 in Budapest, HU

Filmography

Producer (168)

High Moon 2014 - 2015 (TV Show)

Executive Producer

Olympus 2014 - 2015 (TV Show)

Executive Producer

Altar 2014 (Movie)

(Executive Producer)

Baby Sellers 2012 - 2013 (TV Show)

Executive Producer

Treasure Island 2011 - 2012 (TV Show)

Executive Producer

Alice 2009 - 2010 (TV Show)

Executive Producer

Riverworld 2009 - 2010 (TV Show)

Executive Producer

The Phantom 2009 - 2010 (TV Show)

Executive Producer

You Lucky Dog 2009 - 2010 (TV Show)

Executive Producer

Carny 2008 - 2009 (TV Show)

Executive Producer

Knights of Bloodsteel 2008 - 2009 (TV Show)

Executive Producer

The Last Templar 2008 - 2009 (TV Show)

Executive Producer

BloodMonkey 2007 - 2008 (TV Show)

Executive Producer

Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde 2007 - 2008 (TV Show)

Executive Producer

Finish Line 2007 - 2008 (TV Show)

Executive Producer

Hogfather 2007 - 2008 (TV Show)

Executive Producer

Journey to the Center of the Earth 2007 - 2008 (TV Show)

Executive Producer

Kung Fu Killer 2007 - 2008 (TV Show)

Executive Producer

The Colour of Magic 2007 - 2008 (TV Show)

Executive Producer

Tin Man 2007 - 2008 (TV Show)

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Hybrid 2006 - 2007 (TV Show)

Executive Producer

Maneater 2006 - 2007 (TV Show)

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Marco Polo 2006 - 2007 (TV Show)

Executive Producer

Merlin's Apprentice 2006 - 2007 (TV Show)

Executive Producer

Human Trafficking 2005 - 2006 (TV Show)

Executive Producer

Love's Abiding Joy 2006 (Movie)

(Executive Producer)

The Ten Commandments (ABC) 2005 - 2006 (TV Show)

Executive Producer

Hercules 2004 - 2005 (TV Show)

Executive Producer

The Lion in Winter 2003 - 2004 (TV Show)

Executive Producer

Dinotopia 2002 - 2003 (TV Show)

Executive Producer

Mr. Saint Nick 2002 - 2003 (TV Show)

Executive Producer

Prince Charming 2002 - 2003 (TV Show)

Executive Producer

The Snow Queen 2002 - 2003 (TV Show)

Executive Producer

Daniel Defoe's Robinson Crusoe 2001 (Movie)

(Executive Producer)

Mike Bassett: England Manager 2001 (Movie)

(Executive Producer)

The 2001 Genesis Awards 2000 - 2001 (TV Show)

Executive Producer

The Infinite Worlds of H.G. Wells 2000 - 2001 (TV Show)

Executive Producer

The Prince and the Pauper 2000 - 2001 (TV Show)

Executive Producer

Voyage of the Unicorn 2000 - 2001 (TV Show)

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Animal Farm 1999 - 2000 (TV Show)

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Arabian Nights 1999 - 2000 (TV Show)

Executive Producer

Jason and the Argonauts (TV) 1999 - 2000 (TV Show)

Executive Producer

The Magical Legend of the Leprechauns 1999 - 2000 (TV Show)

Executive Producer

Alice in Wonderland 1998 - 1999 (TV Show)

Executive Producer

Cleopatra 1998 - 1999 (TV Show)

Executive Producer

Dostoevsky's "Crime and Punishment" 1998 - 1999 (TV Show)

Executive Producer

Harvey 1998 - 1999 (TV Show)

Executive Producer

Thirteenth Annual Genesis Awards 1998 - 1999 (TV Show)

Executive Producer

A Christmas Memory 1997 - 1998 (TV Show)

Executive Producer

Erich Segal's Only Love 1997 - 1998 (TV Show)

Executive Producer

Merlin 1997 - 1998 (TV Show)

Executive Producer

20,000 Leagues Under the Sea 1996 - 1997 (TV Show)

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In Cold Blood 1996 - 1997 (TV Show)

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Neil Simon's "London Suite" 1996 - 1997 (TV Show)

Executive Producer

Robert Ludlum's The Apocalypse Watch 1996 - 1997 (TV Show)

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Ivana Trump's For Love Alone 1995 - 1996 (TV Show)

Executive Producer

Neil Simon's Jake's Women 1995 - 1996 (TV Show)

Executive Producer

Ninth Annual Genesis Awards 1994 - 1995 (TV Show)

Executive Producer

Star Struck 1994 - 1995 (TV Show)

Executive Producer

A Family Torn Apart 1993 - 1994 (TV Show)

Executive Producer

Spoils of War 1993 - 1994 (TV Show)

Executive Producer

The Eighth Annual Genesis Awards 1993 - 1994 (TV Show)

Executive Producer

The Yearling 1993 - 1994 (TV Show)

Executive Producer

The Seventh Annual Genesis Awards 1992 - 1993 (TV Show)

Executive Producer

The Earth Journal With Dr. Richard Leakey 1991 - 1992 (TV Show)

Executive Producer

The Secret 1991 - 1992 (TV Show)

Executive Producer

Bump in the Night 1990 - 1991 (TV Show)

Executive Producer

The Josephine Baker Story 1990 - 1991 (TV Show)

Executive Producer

Face to Face 1989 - 1990 (TV Show)

Executive Producer

Mr. & Mrs. Bridge 1990 (Movie)

(Executive Producer)

The Incident 1989 - 1990 (TV Show)

Executive Producer

The Ivory Hunters 1989 - 1990 (TV Show)

Producer

Cheetah 1989 (Movie)

(Producer)

Trouble in Paradise 1988 - 1989 (TV Show)

Producer

The Murders in the Rue Morgue 1986 - 1987 (TV Show)

Producer

Choices 1985 - 1986 (TV Show)

Producer

Spearfield's Daughter 1985 - 1986 (TV Show)

Executive Producer

Lily in Love 1985 (Movie)

(Producer)

The Long Ride 1984 (Movie)

(Producer)

Wilson's Reward 1983 - 1984 (TV Show)

Producer

Phantom of the Opera 1982 - 1983 (TV Show)

Producer

When the Circus Came to Town 1980 - 1981 (TV Show)

Producer

Nurse 1979 - 1980 (TV Show)

Producer

Hugo the Hippo 1978 (Movie)

(Producer)

The One and Only 1977 (Movie)

(Executive Producer)

Visit to a Chief's Son 1974 (Movie)

(Producer)

A Christmas Carol (TV Show)

Executive Producer

A Christmas Carol: The Musical (TV Show)

Executive Producer

A Mother's Gift (TV Show)

Executive Producer

A Private Battle (TV Show)

Executive Producer

Alone in the Neon Jungle (TV Show)

Producer

An American Story (TV Show)

Executive Producer

April Morning (TV Show)

Executive Producer

Barnum (TV Show)

Executive Producer

Black Swarm (TV Show)

Executive Producer

Bridge of Time (TV Show)

Executive Producer

Broken Vows (TV Show)

Producer

Bush Doctor (TV Show)

Producer

Bye Bye Birdie (TV Show)

Executive Producer

Call of the Wild (TV Show)

Executive Producer

Captains Courageous (TV Show)

Executive Producer

China Rose (TV Show)

Producer

Cook & Peary: The Race to the Pole (TV Show)

Executive Producer

DC 9/11: Time of Crisis (TV Show)

Executive Producer

Diana: Queen of Hearts (TV Show)

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Dinotopia (TV Show)

Executive Producer

Don Quixote (TV Show)

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DreamKeeper (TV Show)

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Earthsea (TV Show)

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Eye of the Beast (TV Show)

Executive Producer

Eyes of a Witness (TV Show)

Executive Producer

Final Days of Planet Earth (TV Show)

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Getting Out (TV Show)

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Grand Larceny (TV Show)

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Grizzly Rage (TV Show)

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Gulliver's Travels (TV Show)

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Gypsy (TV Show)

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Hellhounds (TV Show)

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High Plains Invaders (TV Show)

Executive Producer

Incident in a Small Town (TV Show)

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Infected (TV Show)

Executive Producer

Izzy and Moe (TV Show)

Producer

Johnny's Girl (TV Show)

Executive Producer

Kidnapped (TV Show)

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Killer Wave (TV Show)

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King Of Texas (TV Show)

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Mary & Tim (TV Show)

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Mayflower Madam (TV Show)

Producer

Moby Dick (TV Show)

Executive Producer

Mother Teresa: In the Name of God's Poor (TV Show)

Executive Producer

Mrs. Lambert Remembers Love (TV Show)

Executive Producer

Mrs. Santa Claus (TV Show)

Executive Producer

My Brother's Keeper (TV Show)

Executive Producer

My Old Man (TV Show)

Producer

Nairobi Affair (TV Show)

Producer

Noah's Ark (TV Show)

Executive Producer

Nurse (TV Show)

Executive Producer

Pack of Lies (TV Show)

Producer

Pals (TV Show)

Executive Producer

Peking Encounter (TV Show)

Producer

Rear Window (TV Show)

Executive Producer

Rise of the Gargoyles (TV Show)

Executive Producer

Roxanne: The Prize Pulitzer (TV Show)

Executive Producer

Sand Serpents (TV Show)

Executive Producer

Scarlett (TV Show)

Executive Producer

Snow White: The Fairest of Them All (TV Show)

Executive Producer

Something Beneath (TV Show)

Executive Producer

Son of the Dragon (TV Show)

Executive Producer

Spies, Lies & Naked Thighs (TV Show)

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Stranded (TV Show)

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Svengali (TV Show)

Producer

Swamp Devil (TV Show)

Executive Producer

Terrible Joe Moran (TV Show)

Producer

The 10th Kingdom (TV Show)

Executive Producer

The Best of Friends (TV Show)

Producer

The Colt (TV Show)

Executive Producer

The Five People You Meet in Heaven (TV Show)

Executive Producer

The Hive (TV Show)

Executive Producer

The Long Way Home (TV Show)

Executive Producer

The Lost Empire (TV Show)

Executive Producer

The Night They Saved Christmas (TV Show)

Producer

The Odyssey (TV Show)

Executive Producer

The Sunshine Boys (TV Show)

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The Tale of Sweeney Todd (TV Show)

Executive Producer

Tidal Wave: No Escape (TV Show)

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Vipers (TV Show)

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White Dwarf (TV Show)

Executive Producer
Actor (2)

14th Annual Genesis Awards 1999 - 2000 (TV Show)

Actor

Thar She Blows! The Making of "Moby Dick" 1997 - 1998 (TV Show)

Actor
Writer (1)

Visit to a Chief's Son 1974 (Movie)

(Source Material (from novel))

Biography

A larger-than-life showman who assembled nearly 200 film and TV productions in his first two decades in the business. Robert Halmi Sr is renowned for producing tasteful "prestige" productions for the small screen, including numerous acclaimed telefilms and landmark miniseries featuring some of Hollywood's most respected players. In the 1980s alone, he produced projects that teamed such famous names as Peter O'Toole and Jodie Foster ("Svengali", CBS 1983), James Cagney and Art Carney ("Terrible Joe Moran", CBS 1984), Kirk Douglas and Brock Peters ("The Secret", CBS 1992), George C Scott and Ali MacGraw ("China Rose", CBS 1983), and Scott, Don Ameche and Sylvia Sidney ("Pals", CBS 1987). His RHI Entertainment built relationships with many of the industry's leading writers, producers, agents, managers, advertisers, agencies and TV networks and when he sold the company to Hallmark in 1994, Halmi assumed the position of chair of Hallmark Entertainment.

Relationships

Bill Halmi

Son

Caroline Gray

Companion
born c. 1959 in Singapore together since c. 1994

Bela Halmi

Father
official photographer to the Vatican and Austria's Hapsburg royal family

Sarah Halmi

Mother

Robert Halmi

Son
born on March 7, 1957

EDUCATION

University of Budapest

Budapest 1946

Milestones

2002

Executive produced "Snow White: The Fairest of Them All" (ABC) and "Prince Charming" (TNT)

2000

Reteamed with Patrick Stewart for the TNT adaptation of Dickens' "A Christmas Carol", with Stewart as Scrooge

2000

Served as executive producer of "Don Quixote" (TNT), the Emmy-nominated "Arabian Knights" (ABC) and "Jason and the Argonauts" (NBC)

1999

Executive produced "Cleopatra", a two-part ABC dramatization of the life of the Egyptian queen

1999

Served as executive producer of "Noah's Ark", reputedly one of the most expensive TV projects ever

1998

Served as executive producer of the USA miniseries "Moby Dick", starring Patrick Stewart, and the NBC miniseries "Merlin"; earned Emmy nominations for both

1998

Executive produced the TV remake of "Rear Window", starring Christopher Reeve

1997

Picked up an Emmy nod for Outstanding Miniseries for "The Odyssey" (NBC)

1996

Was executive producer of TV remake of "In Cold Blood" (CBS); received Emmy nomination

1996

Executive produced the acclaimed NBC miniseries adaptation of "Gulliver's Travels"; won Emmy Award

1995

For ABC, executive produced the small screen remake of the musical "Bye Bye Birdie"

1994

Became Chairman of the Board of Hallmark Entertainment

1994

Executive produced the sequel "Incident in a Small Town", again starring Walter Matthau

1994

Sold RHI Entertainment, Inc. to Hallmark

1993

Served as executive producer of the CBS remake of "Gypsy", starring Bette Midler

1992

RHI Entertainment, Inc. began trading on the American Stock Exchange

1991

Executive produced the acclaimed, Emmy-nominated HBO biopic "The Josephine Baker Story"

1990

Won first Emmy Award for the well-received TV-movie "AT&T Presents The Incident" (CBS), starring Walter Matthau

1990

Was the executive producer of the Merchant Ivory production "Mr. & Mrs. Bridge"

1987

Executive produced the CBS adaptation of the play "Pack of Lies"

1986

Debut as TV miniseries producer, "Spearfield's Daughter" (syndicated)

1984

Was producer of the Emmy-nominated children's program "The Night They Saved Christmas" (ABC)

1984

Produced the CBS movie "Terrible Joe Moran", starring James Cagney

1980

First TV-movie with own production company, "A Private Battle" (CBS)

1979

TV-movie debut as producer, "My Old Man" (CBS)

1974

Feature debut as producer, "Visit to a Chief's Son"; screenplay based on his novel

1973

Turned to producing full-time as he neared 50 years of age (date approximate)

1952

Worked as a photojournalist for Life magazine

1950

Emigrated to the USA, reportedly with only $5 in his pocket

1947

Sentenced to death by the Communists for spying

1943

Joined the Hungarian Resistance to fight the Nazis in his native land

Formed a global partnership with BetaFilm (Kirch Group) in Germany, Silvio Berlusconi in Italy, CBS in the USA and major TV networks worldwide to raise the $40 million budget for the eight-hour CBS miniseries, "Scarlett" (1994)

Debut as producer of TV drama series, "Nurse" (CBS)

Liberated by the invading Russians

Captured by the Nazis in Poland and sentenced to death

Smuggled out of jail and into Austria

Published eleven books on subjects as diverse as African wildlife, world zoos, sportscars and "How to Photograph Women"

Produced documentaries, mostly on nature and 'outdoors' subjects

Launched own production company, Robert Halmi Productions

Began working as a photographer

Battled against the Communists as an agent for the Office of Strategic Services (OSS), the precursor to the CIA

Bonus Trivia

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Halmi has 25 different phone numbers at his various homes. He told Vanity Fair (October 1998): "No matter where I am, I'm on the goddamned phone."

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