William Fox

Executive, Distributor, Exhibitor
In the US from infancy, Fox began his career in the garment trade and moved into the penny arcade business in 1904. He went on to develop successful film exhibition, distribution and production operations, merging all ... Read more »
Born: 12/31/1878 in Hungary

Filmography

other (31)

Street Angel 1927 (Movie)

(Producer)

Seventh Heaven 1926 (Movie)

(Producer)

A Fool There Was (Movie)

(Producer)

A Girl in Every Port (Movie)

(Producer)

Behind That Curtain (Movie)

(Producer)

Champion of Lost Causes (Movie)

(Producer)

Dante's Inferno (Movie)

(Presented by)

Dick Turpin (Movie)

(Producer)

Disorderly Conduct (Movie)

(Producer)

East Lynne (Movie)

(Producer)

Girls Gone Wild (Movie)

(Producer)

High Society Blues (Movie)

(Producer)

Lightnin' (Movie)

(Presented by)

Lucky Star (Movie)

(Producer)

Me and My Gal (Movie)

(Producer)

Ports of Call (Movie)

(Presented by)

Shanghai Madness (Movie)

(Producer)

She Wanted a Millionaire (Movie)

(Producer)

Society Girl (Movie)

(Producer)

Song O' My Heart (Movie)

(Producer)

Sunny Side Up (Movie)

(Producer)

The Air Circus (Movie)

(Producer)

The Face in the Sky (Movie)

(Producer)

The Last Trail (Movie)

(Presented by)

The Lucky Horseshoe (Movie)

(Producer)

The Outsider (Movie)

(Presented by)

The Rainbow Trail (Movie)

(Producer)

The Return of Peter Grimm (Movie)

(Presented by)

The Silent Command (Movie)

(Producer)

Three Bad Men (Movie)

(Presented by)

Young America (Movie)

(Producer)

Biography

In the US from infancy, Fox began his career in the garment trade and moved into the penny arcade business in 1904. He went on to develop successful film exhibition, distribution and production operations, merging all three interests with the formation, in 1915, of the Fox Film Corporation. By the end of the 1920s the company had accumulated several top stars and directors and produced a number of prestigious films; the stock market crash of 1929, however, forced the overextended Fox to sell his shares in the corporation. He filed for bankruptcy in 1936 and was briefly imprisoned after allegedly attempting to bribe a judge. Fox subsequently lived off the earnings from various sound patents that he had acquired earlier in his career.

Relationships

Eve Fox

Wife

Milestones

1915

Formed Fox Film Corporation from his three other companies in production, leasing and distribution

1912

Producer with his company Box Office Attraction

1904

Penny arcade owner

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