Ross Hunter

Producer, Actor, Director
This film producer, a former school teacher and actor, became widely known in the 1950s and '60s for a series of lush, glossy romances, many directed by Douglas Sirk and starring such icons as Lana Turner, Rock Hudson ... Read more »
Born: 05/05/1920 in Cleveland, Ohio, USA

Filmography

Producer (42)

Arthur Hailey's "The Moneychangers" 1976 - 1977 (TV Show)

Producer

Lost Horizon 1972 (Movie)

(Producer)

Airport 1970 (Movie)

(Producer)

Thoroughly Modern Millie 1967 (Movie)

(Producer)

Rosie 1966 (Movie)

(Producer)

Madame X 1965 (Movie)

(Producer)

The Art of Love 1965 (Movie)

(Producer)

The Pad, and How to Use It 1965 (Movie)

(Producer)

The Chalk Garden 1964 (Movie)

(Producer)

I'd Rather Be Rich 1963 (Movie)

(Producer)

Tammy and the Doctor 1962 (Movie)

(Producer)

The Thrill of It All 1962 (Movie)

(Producer)

Back Street 1961 (Movie)

(Producer)

Flower Drum Song 1961 (Movie)

(Producer)

If a Man Answers 1961 (Movie)

(Producer)

Midnight Lace 1960 (Movie)

(Producer)

Portrait in Black 1960 (Movie)

(Producer)

Tammy Tell Me True 1960 (Movie)

(Producer)

Imitation of Life 1959 (Movie)

(Producer)

Pillow Talk 1959 (Movie)

(Producer)

Stranger in My Arms 1958 (Movie)

(Producer)

The Restless Years 1958 (Movie)

(Producer)

This Happy Feeling 1958 (Movie)

(Producer)

Battle Hymn 1957 (Movie)

(Producer)

Interlude 1957 (Movie)

(Producer)

My Man Godfrey 1957 (Movie)

(Producer)

Tammy and the Bachelor 1957 (Movie)

(Producer)

There's Always Tomorrow 1956 (Movie)

(Producer)

All That Heaven Allows 1955 (Movie)

(Producer)

Captain Lightfoot 1955 (Movie)

(Producer)

One Desire 1955 (Movie)

(Producer)

The Spoilers 1955 (Movie)

(Producer)

Magnificent Obsession 1954 (Movie)

(Producer)

Naked Alibi 1954 (Movie)

(Producer)

Taza, Son of Cochise 1954 (Movie)

(Producer)

All I Desire 1953 (Movie)

(Producer)

A Family Upside Down (TV Show)

Producer

Flame of Araby (Movie)

(Associate Producer)

Son of Ali Baba (Movie)

(Associate Producer)

Suddenly, Love (TV Show)

Producer

The Best Place to Be (TV Show)

Producer

The Lives of Jenny Dolan (TV Show)

Executive Producer
Actor (8)

Doris Day: A Sentimental Journey 1991 - 1992 (TV Show)

Actor

Mitzi and a Hundred Guys 1974 - 1975 (TV Show)

Actor

There's Always Tomorrow 1956 (Movie)

(Actor)

A Guy, a Gal and a Pal 1945 (Movie)

(Actor)

Ever Since Venus (Movie)

Bradley Miller (Actor)

She's a Sweetheart (Movie)

Paul (Actor)

The Bandit of Sherwood Forest (Movie)

Robin Hood's Man (Actor)

The Groom Wore Spurs (Movie)

(Actor)
Director (1)

Son of Ali Baba (Movie)

(Director)

Biography

This film producer, a former school teacher and actor, became widely known in the 1950s and '60s for a series of lush, glossy romances, many directed by Douglas Sirk and starring such icons as Lana Turner, Rock Hudson and Susan Hayward. His career was much more versatile than posterity will have it, though. After serving in the Army and teaching school, Hunter spent the mid-'40s as a contract actor at Columbia, appearing in such films as "Louisiana Hayride" (1944), "A Guy, a Gal and a Pal" (1945) and "The Sweetheart of Sigma Chi" (1946). Neither Hunter nor Columbia's Harry Cohn were happy, and his association ended.

Relationships

Isadore Fuss

Father
surname pronounced FOOZ died in 1963

Anna Fuss

Mother
died in 1962

EDUCATION

Western Reserve University

Cleveland , Ohio 1942
school name later changed to Case Western Reverve University

Milestones

1979

Produced final TV-movie, "The Best Place to Be" (NBC)

1975

Produced first TV-movie, "The Lives of Jenny Dolan" (NBC)

1974

Joined Paramount

1970

Joined Columbia Pictures; produced final film, "Lost Horizon"

1969

Produced his biggest hit film, "Airport"

1961

Formed Ross Hunter Productions

1953

First film as producer, "All I Desire", directed by Douglas Sirk for Universal

1947

Began working as associate producer on films at Universal

1946

Suspended by Columbia head Harry Cohn (final film as actor, "The Sweetheart of Sigma Chi", for Monogram)

1943

Signed to long-term contract with Columbia Pictures as performer

1941

Taught school in Cleveland and Los Angeles

Returned to teaching; worked at Ben Bard Dramatic School

Became head of Brut Productions

Served in US Army intelligence unit during WWII

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