Samuel Goldwyn

Producer, Executive, Glove salesman
A pioneer in the American independent film industry, Samuel Goldwyn emerged from the founding of both Paramount Pictures and Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer to establish his own company, Samuel Goldwyn Pictures, which produced such ... Read more »
Born: 08/27/1882 in Poland

Filmography

Producer (32)

Porgy and Bess 1958 (Movie)

(Producer)

Guys and Dolls 1955 (Movie)

(Producer)

I Want You 1951 (Movie)

(Producer)

Edge of Doom 1950 (Movie)

(Producer)

The Secret Life of Walter Mitty 1947 (Movie)

(Producer)

The Best Years of Our Lives 1946 (Movie)

(Producer)

The Kid From Brooklyn 1945 (Movie)

(Producer)

The Princess and the Pirate 1943 (Movie)

(Producer)

Up in Arms 1943 (Movie)

(Producer)

Ball of Fire 1942 (Movie)

(Producer)

They Got Me Covered 1942 (Movie)

(Producer)

The Pride of the Yankees 1941 (Movie)

(Producer)

The Little Foxes 1940 (Movie)

(Producer)

Wuthering Heights 1939 (Movie)

(Producer)

They Shall Have Music 1938 (Movie)

(Producer)

The Cowboy and the Lady 1937 (Movie)

(Producer)

The Goldwyn Follies 1937 (Movie)

(Producer)

Come and Get It 1936 (Movie)

(Producer)

Dead End 1936 (Movie)

(Producer)

Hurricane 1936 (Movie)

(Producer)

Stella Dallas 1936 (Movie)

(Producer)

Barbary Coast 1935 (Movie)

(Producer)

Dodsworth 1935 (Movie)

(Producer)

These Three 1935 (Movie)

(Producer)

The Dark Angel 1934 (Movie)

(Producer)

Cynara 1931 (Movie)

(Producer)

The Kid From Spain 1931 (Movie)

(Producer)

Arrowsmith 1930 (Movie)

(Producer)

Tonight or Never 1930 (Movie)

(Producer)

Magic Flame 1926 (Movie)

(Producer)

The Devil Dancer 1926 (Movie)

(Producer)

The Squaw Man 1913 (Movie)

(Producer)

Biography

A pioneer in the American independent film industry, Samuel Goldwyn emerged from the founding of both Paramount Pictures and Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer to establish his own company, Samuel Goldwyn Pictures, which produced such memorable movies as "Wuthering Heights" (1939), "The Little Foxes" (1941), "The Secret Life of Walter Mitty" (1946) and the Oscar-winning "The Best Years of Our Lives" (1946). A Polish immigrant who pulled himself out of poverty through skilled salesmanship and the occasional use of blunt negotiating force, Goldwyn's emphasis was bringing the best in movie entertainment to audiences, instead of feeding them average material en masse. The result was a dedication to quality and talent that made him a major figure in mid-20th-century Hollywood, and a groundbreaker for a generation of independent producers that followed in his wake.

Relationships

Elizabeth Goldwyn

Granddaughter

Peter Goldwyn

Grandson

Aaron Gelbfisz

Father
Hasidic Jew

Hannah Gelbfisz

Mother
Hasidic Jew

Tony Goldwyn Actor

Grandson
Born May 20, 1960 to Samuel Goldwyn Jr. and Jennifer Howard Co-starred in "Ghost" (1990) and "The Last Samurai" (2003)

Ruth Goldwyn

Daughter
mother, Blanche Lasky

Samuel Goldwyn

Son
born in 1926 mother, Ruth Howard founded the Samuel Goldwyn Co. in 1979 company was a leading producer and distributor of art-house product

Catherine Goldwyn

Granddaughter
born in 1951

John Goldwyn

Grandson
born in 1958 works at Paramount Pictures married to actress Colleen Camp

Tony Goldwyn

Grandson
born in 1960 married to production designer Jane Musky

Frances Howard

Wife
born in 1903 acted on Broadway married Goldwyn in 1925 died in 1976

Francis Howard

Grandson
born in 1954

Blanche Lasky

Wife
married in 1910 divorced in 1919 sister of Jesse Lasky mother of Ruth

Milestones

1923

Formed Samuel Goldwyn Productions

1918

Changed name legally to Samuel Goldwyn

1916

Formed Goldwyn (with Edgar Selwyn and others)

1916

Made chairman of merged Jesse L Lasky Feature Play Company and Adolph Zukor's Famous Players

1913

Formed Jesse L Lasky Feature Play Company (with brother-in-law Jesse L Lasky and Cecile B DeMille)

1898

Sailed to Canada in steerage from Liverpool

Worked as glove maker, glove salesman and later factory owner (Goldfish & Sesonske) (date approximate)

Bonus Trivia

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In his biography, A. Scott Berg makes a case that Goldwyn was born in July 1879 not on August 27, 1882 as the mogul always claimed

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