Steve Ross

Executive
Entered the film industry when his father-in-law's limousine rental service expanded to include Kinney Systems parking lots, which then bought Ashley Famous Talent Agency and Warner Bros. -7 Arts in 1969. By 1972, the ... Read more »
Born: 09/18/1927 in Brooklyn, New York, USA

Filmography

Actor (3)

My Daughter's Secret Life 2001 - 2002 (TV Show)

Actor

The Clone Master (TV Show)

Actor

Young Love, First Love (TV Show)

Actor
Music (2)

The Basketball Diaries 1995 (Movie)

("Dizzy") (Song)

Under Siege 1992 (Movie)

("Ooh Baby") (Song)
Sound (1)

Braxton Family Values 2012 - 2013 (Tv Show)

Audio Supervisor
Camera, Film, & Tape (1)

Doom Asylum 1986 (Movie)

director of photography 2nd unit (Director of Photography)

Biography

Entered the film industry when his father-in-law's limousine rental service expanded to include Kinney Systems parking lots, which then bought Ashley Famous Talent Agency and Warner Bros. -7 Arts in 1969. By 1972, the dynamic Ross held the titles of chairman of the board and president and CEO of Warner Communications. He was a key figure in expanding Warners into the realm of cable, and kept the company from being bought out when the failure of Atari resulted in a sharp decline in Warners stock. In 1989 Ross was named co-chairman and co-CEO of the newly formed powerhouse Time Warner Inc. Until his untimely death from prostate complications in 1993, he shared power with Gerald Levin. Among the seasoned executive's last deeds was the greenlighting and support of Steven Spielberg's landmark "Schindler's List" (1993), a film the director dedicated to Ross.

Relationships

Amanda Burden Actor

Wife

Carol Rosenthal

Wife

Nicole Ross

Daughter
mother, Courtney Sale Ross

Courtney Sale Ross Producer

Wife
Married 1982 until his death 1992

Toni Ross

Daughter
mother, Carol Rosenthal Ross married to Jeff Soloway, with whom she owns Nick & Tony's restaurant in East Hampton NY

Mark Ross

Son
mother, Carol Rosenthal Ross

EDUCATION

Paul Smith's College

1948

Milestones

1991

Began treatments for prostate cancer in November

1989

Became co-chairman and co-CEO, Time Warner Inc. after merger of Time Inc. and Warner Communications Inc.

1983

Warner stock declined after Atari went belly up; Ross sold 20 percent of Warner to investor Herbert J. Siegel to prevent Rupert Murdoch from buying Warner

1980

Suffered a heart attack

1972

Rose to chairman of the board, president, and CEO of Warner Communications Inc.

1970

Led Warner into buying cable properties

1968

Bought Ashley Famous talent agency and (for $400 million) Warner Bros.-Seven Arts film studios and record business

1966

Purchased National Cleaning Contractors

1966

Became president and director of Kinney Services Inc.

1962

Merged businesses once again with father-in-law's funeral parlor operation; went public with conglomerate "Kinney Service Corp."

Began career working for father-in-law's limousine rental service; expanded service to include Kinney System parking lots

Bonus Trivia

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A 1991 Forbes Magazine article reported that Ross's aggregate earnings during his 17 years as head of Warner Bros. was nearly $280 million.

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Steven Spielberg's acclaimed 1993 adaptation of Thomas Keneally's historically-based novel "Schindler's List" is dedicated to Ross.

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Ross served as president and on the board of directors of the New York Convention and Visitors Bureau.

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Ross also served as president and on the board of directors of the New York State Alliance to Save Energy.

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He was a member of the board for sports medicine for Lenox Hill Hospital.

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