Samuel Z Arkoff

Producer, Executive, Cryptographer
Arkoff is the co-founder (with James H. Nicholson) of American International Pictures and has served as producer or executive on over 200 of the low-budget exploitation films--monster movies, motorcycle films and ... Read more »
Born: 06/12/1918 in Fort Dodge, Iowa, USA

Filmography

Producer (71)

Up the Creek 1983 (Movie)

(Executive Producer)

Dressed to Kill 1980 (Movie)

(Executive Producer)

How to Beat the High Cost of Living 1980 (Movie)

(Executive Producer)

The Final Terror 1980 (Movie)

(Executive Producer)

Chomps 1979 (Movie)

(Executive Producer)

The Amityville Horror 1979 (Movie)

(Executive Producer)

Our Winning Season 1978 (Movie)

(Executive Producer)

The Island of Dr. Moreau 1977 (Movie)

(Executive Producer)

The Norseman 1977 (Movie)

(Executive Producer)

Empire of the Ants 1976 (Movie)

(Executive Producer)

Futureworld 1976 (Movie)

(Executive Producer)

The Food Of The Gods 1976 (Movie)

(Executive Producer)

The People That Time Forgot 1976 (Movie)

(Executive Producer)

The Town That Dreaded Sundown 1976 (Movie)

(Executive Producer)

A Matter of Time 1975 (Movie)

(Executive Producer)

Cooley High 1975 (Movie)

(Executive Producer)

Hennessy 1975 (Movie)

(Executive Producer)

Return to Macon County 1975 (Movie)

(Executive Producer)

The Great Scout & Cathouse Thursday 1975 (Movie)

(Executive Producer)

Dragonfly 1974 (Movie)

(Executive Producer)

Dillinger 1973 (Movie)

(Executive Producer)

Madhouse 1973 (Movie)

(Executive Producer)

Who Slew Auntie Roo? 1971 (Movie)

(Producer)

Angel Unchained 1970 (Movie)

(Executive Producer)

Bloody Mama 1970 (Movie)

(Executive Producer)

Bunny O'Hare 1970 (Movie)

(Executive Producer)

The Abominable Doctor Phibes 1970 (Movie)

(Executive Producer)

Up in the Cellar 1970 (Movie)

(Producer)

Wuthering Heights 1970 (Movie)

(Producer)

Angel, Angel Down We Go 1969 (Movie)

(Producer)

The Dunwich Horror 1969 (Movie)

(Executive Producer)

Wild in the Streets 1968 (Movie)

(Producer)

Fireball 500 1966 (Movie)

(Producer)

Beach Blanket Bingo 1965 (Movie)

(Producer)

How to Stuff a Wild Bikini 1965 (Movie)

(Producer)

The Ghost in the Invisible Bikini 1965 (Movie)

(Producer)

Bikini Beach 1964 (Movie)

(Producer)

Dr. Goldfoot and the Bikini Machine 1964 (Movie)

(Producer)

I Tre volti della paura 1964 (Movie)

(Executive Producer)

Sergeant Deadhead 1964 (Movie)

(Producer)

Beach Party 1963 (Movie)

(Executive Producer)

Pajama Party 1963 (Movie)

(Producer)

The Comedy of Terrors 1963 (Movie)

(Producer)

Tales of Terror 1962 (Movie)

(Executive Producer)

Black Sunday 1961 (Movie)

(American version) (Executive Producer)

Master of the World 1961 (Movie)

(Executive Producer)

Panic in Year Zero 1961 (Movie)

(Executive Producer)

The Pit and the Pendulum 1961 (Movie)

(Executive Producer)

A Bucket of Blood 1958 (Movie)

(Executive Producer)

Diary of a High School Bride 1958 (Movie)

(Executive Producer)

Horrors of the Black Museum 1958 (Movie)

(Executive Producer)

How to Make a Monster 1958 (Movie)

(Executive Producer)

Machine Gun Kelly 1958 (Movie)

(Executive Producer)

Night of the Blood Beast 1958 (Movie)

(Executive Producer)

Road Racers 1958 (Movie)

(Executive Producer)

Suicide Battalion 1958 (Movie)

(Executive Producer)

Teenage Caveman 1958 (Movie)

(Executive Producer)

The Bonnie Parker Story 1958 (Movie)

(Executive Producer)

The Ghost of Dragstrip Hollow 1958 (Movie)

(Executive Producer)

The Spider 1958 (Movie)

(Executive Producer)

War of the Colossal Beast 1958 (Movie)

(Executive Producer)

Attack of the Puppet People 1957 (Movie)

(Executive Producer)

Motorcycle Gang 1957 (Movie)

(Executive Producer)

Reform School Girl 1957 (Movie)

(Producer)

Submarine Seahawk 1957 (Movie)

(Executive Producer)

The She-Creature 1956 (Movie)

(Producer)

Earth Vs. the Spider (TV Show)

Executive Producer

How to Make A Monster (TV Show)

Executive Producer

She Creature (TV Show)

Executive Producer

Teenage Caveman (TV Show)

Executive Producer

The Day the World Ended (TV Show)

Executive Producer
Actor (9)

Canned Ham: Bowfinger 1998 - 1999 (TV Show)

Actor

Some Nudity Required 1998 (Movie)

(Actor)

The Pitch 1997 (Movie)

Himself (Actor)

The Man Who Drew Bug-Eyed Monsters 1995 - 1996 (TV Show)

Actor

Anatomy of Horror 1994 - 1995 (TV Show)

Actor

Runaway Daughters (TV Show)

Actor

Biography

Arkoff is the co-founder (with James H. Nicholson) of American International Pictures and has served as producer or executive on over 200 of the low-budget exploitation films--monster movies, motorcycle films and beach-party pictures geared to the teenage audience--that made the studio famous. Arkoff also gave fresh talent such as Francis Ford Coppola ("Dementia 13" 1963), Martin Scorsese ("Boxcar Bertha" 1972) and Woody Allen ("What's Up, Tiger Lily?" 1966) the opportunity to direct some of their early feature films. In 1980, he sold AIP and formed his own companies, Samuel Z. Arkoff Pictures and Arkoff International Pictures. Arkoff wrote his memoirs, "Flying Through Hollywood by the Seat of My Pants" in 1992. His son, Louis, is also a producer.

Relationships

Louis Arkoff

Son

Donna Roth

Daughter
married to executive and director Joe Roth

Joe Roth

Son-In-Law

Hilda Rusoff

Wife
born in Winnipeg, Canada married to Arkoff from 1945 until her death on July 26, 2001

EDUCATION

Loyola University Chicago

Chicago , Illinois 1948
attended on the G.I. Bill

University of Iowa

Iowa City , Iowa
dropped out to serve in the millitary

University of Colorado

Boulder , Colorado

Milestones

2000

Signed deal with HBO allowing remakes of five AIP films

1993

Received star Number 1973 on the Hollywood Walk of Fame on January 14

1981

Formed Arkoff International Pictures (president)

1980

AIP released "Mad Max", featuring Mel Gibson (although dialogue was re-dubbed to eradicate Australian accents)

1980

Formed Samuel Z Arkoff Company (president and chairman)

1973

First association between John Milius and AIP, "Dillinger"

1972

AIP released "Boxcar Bertha", helmed by Martin Scorsese, and "Sisters", directed by Brian De Palma

1966

Moved into highbrow fare releasing Fellini's "La Dolce Vita"

1966

AIP released the English-language dubbed version of "What's Up, Tiger Lily?" with dialogue by Woody Allen

1963

Enjoyed success with the teen "beach" movie "Beach Party", starring Frankie Avalon and Annette Funicello

1960

With "House of Usher" starring Vincent Price, AIP began series of adaptations based in part on the writings of Edgar Allen Poe

1957

AIP released "I Was a Teenage Werewolf", starring Michael Landon

1955

Company name changed to American International Pictures (AIP)

1954

Co-founded American Releasing Corp. with James H Nicholson; first released film "The Fast and the Furious", directed by Roger Corman

1952

Suffered a cerebral hemorrhage; recovered after spending a week in a coma

1950

Began producing career with TV's "The Hank McCune Show" (NBC)

Raised in Fort Dodge, Iowa

During WWII, served in the US Air Force as a cryptographer

Bonus Trivia

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In 1990, Arkoff announced his return to film production, with plans to remake "Machine Gun Kelly" and "The Man With X-Ray Eyes." In 1993, he was planning auditions for a remake of "I Was a Teenage Werewolf".

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He is the international vice president of the Variety Clubs International (1973- )

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He has served as the vice president of the Permanent Charities Committee.

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Arkoff has served as a member of the board of trustees of Loyola Marymount University.

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He received the Commendatore of the Order of Merit by the President of the Republic of Italy in 1970.

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