Sam Spiegel

Producer
Viennese-born producer who began his career as a story translator in Hollywood in 1927. Soon after, Spiegel moved to Berlin, where he worked on French and German versions of several Universal films. He fled the Nazis in ... Read more »
Born: 11/10/1903 in Austria

Filmography

Producer (10)

Betrayal 1983 (Movie)

(Producer)

The Last Tycoon 1975 (Movie)

(Producer)

Nicholas and Alexandra 1971 (Movie)

(Producer)

The Night of the Generals 1967 (Movie)

(Producer)

The Chase 1966 (Movie)

(Producer)

Lawrence of Arabia 1962 (Movie)

(Producer)

Suddenly, Last Summer 1959 (Movie)

(Producer)

The Bridge on the River Kwai 1957 (Movie)

(Producer)

The Strange One 1957 (Movie)

(Producer)

On the Waterfront 1954 (Movie)

(Producer)
Actor (1)

Biography

Viennese-born producer who began his career as a story translator in Hollywood in 1927. Soon after, Spiegel moved to Berlin, where he worked on French and German versions of several Universal films. He fled the Nazis in 1933 and independently produced several films before returning to Hollywood in 1935.

Spiegel established himself in the American industry in the early 1940s, using the pseudonym "S.P. Eagle" and scoring with such excellent productions as Orson Welles' "The Stranger" (1946) and John Huston's "The African Queen" (1952). He resumed the use of his real name for his credit on "On the Waterfront" (1954) and the "Spiegel" imprimatur went on to adorn such notable, independently produced films as "The Bridge On the River Kwai" (1957) and "Lawrence of Arabia" (1962).

Relationships

Alisa Freedman

Daughter

Adam Spiegel

Son

Betty Benson

Wife
third wife

EDUCATION

University of Vienna

Milestones

1983

Produced last film, "Betrayal"

1954

Resumed use of name "Sam Spiegel" on credits

1941

First US production, "Tales of Manhattan" (credited as S.P. Eagle)

1939

Returned to Hollywood

1933

Independently produced several films following his departure from Nazi Germany

Returned to Europe, re-filming Universal pictures (including "All Quiet on the Western Front") for foreign distribution

Worked as a "Young Pioneer" in Palestine in the early 1920s

Moved to USA as lecturer at University of California at Berkeley; heard by MGM producer Paul Bern who hired him as a reader of original stories in French, German, Spanish, Italian and Polish

Bonus Trivia

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"You make a star, you make a monster" --quote attributed to Sam Spiegel

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