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by kimpire | created - 18 Nov 2010 | updated - 18 Nov 2010 | Public

1. Avi Arad

Producer | Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse

Avi Arad was born in August 1948 in Ramat Gan, Israel. He is a producer and writer, known for Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse (2018), Iron Man (2008) and Spider-Man (2002).

2. Jon Avnet

Producer | Fried Green Tomatoes

Jon Avnet has directed, written, and produced more than 70 motion pictures, television movies and Broadway plays over the last 30 years, winning most of the major awards: Oscars, Emmys, Tonys, Peabodys, DGA, the Humantis, and the AFI's Franklin Shaffner Medal. Mr. Avnet received an honorary ...

3. Gary Barber

Producer | The Lookout

Ranked #72 in Premiere's 2003 annual Power 100 List with Spyglass Entertainment partner Roger Birnbaum.

4. Lawrence Bender

Producer | Pulp Fiction

Lawrence Bender is a movie producer working in the entertainment industry for 20 years. He helped produce Hollywood films like Reservoir Dogs (1992), Good Will Hunting (1997), Inglourious Basterds (2009) and Django (2012). Lawrence won 6 Academy Awards with 29 nominations including 3 Best Picture ...

5. Roger Birnbaum

Producer | Death Wish

Roger Birnbaum was born in Teaneck, New Jersey, USA. He is a producer and production manager, known for Death Wish (2018), The Magnificent Seven (2016) and Bruce Almighty (2003).

6. Phil Blazer

Producer | The J Report

Phil Blazer is a producer, known for The J Report (2009), Main Street with Phil Blazer (2014) and Air Land & Sea (2012).

7. Eric Braeden

Actor | The Young and the Restless

Eric Braeden is a German actor in America who began his career playing Nazis and eventually became a star of daytime soap operas. Born Hans Gudegast in Kiel, Germany, during the Second World War, he was a superb athlete who excelled in track-and-field events. As a teenager, he immigrated to the ...

8. Colin Callender

Producer | The Life and Adventures of Nicholas Nickleby

Colin Callender is Chairman of Playground LLC a film, television and theater production company founded in 2010.

A pioneering film and television executive who played a central role in HBO's unprecedented commercial and critical success and before that as an award winning producer in the UK, ...

9. Gloria Carlin

Actress | Murder in Space

Gloria Carlin is an actress, known for Murder in Space (1985), Joseph (1995) and Glory Days (1976). She is married to Lionel Chetwynd.

10. Kristin Chenoweth

Actress | Pushing Daisies

Kristin Chenoweth is an American stage, screen and television actress, though, depending on who you ask, Cheno fans may disagree on what her most famous roles are. Since Chenoweth began her career, she has been credited with roles in musicals and plays on and off-Broadway, on various television ...

11. Lionel Chetwynd

Writer | Ike: Countdown to D-Day

Lionel Chetwynd was born in London, England, and moved to Canada at the age of eight, growing up in Montreal and Toronto. He left school at age 14, later enlisting in the Black Watch, Royal Highland Regiment of Canada. Upon completion of military service, he gained conditional admittance to Sir ...

12. Michael Chiklis

Actor | The Shield

Michael Chiklis has been working professionally as an actor since he was thirteen. He started in the theater and after receiving his BFA in acting from Boston University's College Of Fine Arts, Michael moved to New York City where he continued acting on the stage until he got his big break playing ...

13. Arthur Cohn

Producer | Central do Brasil

Arthur Cohn is an independent film producer and has won six Academy Awards, more than any other independent producer in film history. Cohn was born in Basel, Switzerland. His father was Dr. Marcus Cohn, a lawyer and leader of the Swiss Zionist movement who saved many Jews in WWII from within ...

14. Bryan Cranston

Actor | Breaking Bad

Bryan Lee Cranston was born on March 7, 1956 in Hollywood, California, to Audrey Peggy Sell, a radio actress, and Joe Cranston, an actor and former amateur boxer. His maternal grandparents were German, and his father was of Irish, German, and Austrian-Jewish ancestry. He was raised in the Canoga ...

15. Clint Culpepper

Producer | Untitled Biopic

Clint Culpepper is a producer, known for Untitled Biopic, Nightingales (1989) and Hotel (1983).

16. Danny Dimbort

Producer | 16 Blocks

Executive Producer Danny Dimbort is among the most experienced film salesmen in the industry. He has been involved directly in international film sales for over 30 years, and has been integrally involved in film distribution, generally, for 42 years. He knows the industry both as a territorial ...

17. Boaz Davidson

Producer | Criminal

Boaz Davidson was born on November 8, 1943 in Tel Aviv, Palestine. He is a producer and writer, known for Criminal (2016), Lemon Popsicle (1978) and 16 Blocks (2006).

18. Danny DeVito

Actor | Matilda

Danny DeVito has amassed a formidable and versatile body of work as an actor, producer and director that spans the stage, television and film.

Daniel Michael DeVito Jr. was born on November 17, 1944, in Neptune, New Jersey, to Italian-American parents. His mother, Julia (Moccello), was a homemaker. ...

20. Richard Donner

Director | Superman

Richard Donner was born on April 24, 1930 in New York City, New York, USA as Richard D. Schwartzberg. He is a director and producer, known for Superman (1978), Ladyhawke (1985) and Lethal Weapon (1987). He has been married to Lauren Shuler Donner since November 27, 1986.

21. Stephen Dorff

Actor | Blade

Stephen Dorff was born in Atlanta, Georgia, to Nancy and Steve Dorff, a composer. Chosen from over 2000 young men from around the world, he auditioned and won the coveted role of "PK" in John G. Avildsen's The Power of One (1992) in 1992, starring opposite Morgan Freeman, John Gielgud and Fay ...

22. Michael Douglas

Actor | Wall Street

An actor with over forty years of experience in theatre, film, and television, Michael Douglas branched out into independent feature production in 1975 with the Academy Award-winning One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest (1975). Since then, as a producer and as an actor-producer, he has shown an uncanny ...

23. Tom Dreesen

Actor | Spaceballs

Tom had had over 500 appearances on national television as a stand up comedian. He was a frequent guest on the Late Show with David Letterman (1993)and has hosted the show in David's absence. He was an opening act for Smokey Robinson, Tony Orlando, Gladys Knight, Liza Minnelli, Sammy Davis Jr.and ...

24. Larry Elder

Producer | Michael & Me

Larry Elder was born on April 27, 1952 in Los Angeles, California, USA as Laurence Allen Elder. He is a producer and director, known for Michael & Me (2004), Spin City (1996) and Uncle Tom (2020).

25. Ari Emanuel

Actor | UFC 25 Years in Short

The youngest of three brothers, Emanuel grew up in a Chicago household, headed by a pediatrician (his father) and a psychiatric social worker (his mother). He learned to be competitive from his brothers, Dr. Ezekiel J. Emanuel, an oncologist and chairman of the department of clinical bioethics at ...

26. Randall Emmett

Producer | Silence

Randall Emmett was born on March 25, 1971 in Miami, Florida, USA. He is a producer and executive, known for Silence (2016), Everest (2015) and End of Watch (2012). He was previously married to Ambyr Childers.

28. Rick Finkelstein

Producer | Bill & Ted's Bogus Journey

Rick Finkelstein was married to Carol Finkelstein. He died on October 1, 2013 in Los Angeles, California, USA.

29. Vivica A. Fox

Actress | Independence Day

Vivica A. Fox was born in South Bend, Indiana, on July 30, 1964, and is the daughter of Everlyena, a pharmaceutical technician, and William Fox, a private school administrator. She is of Native American and African-American descent and is proud of her heritage. She is a graduate of Arlington High ...

30. William Friedkin

Director | The French Connection

Friedkin's mother was an operating room nurse. His father was a merchant seaman, semi-pro softball player and ultimately sold clothes in a men's discount chain. Ultimately, his father never earned more than $50/week in his whole life and died indigent. Eventually young Will became infatuated with ...

31. Bob Gale

Writer | Back to the Future

Bob Gale is an Oscar-nominated screenwriter-producer-director, best known as co-creator, co-writer and co-producer of Back to the Future (1985) and its sequels. Gale was born and raised in St. Louis, Missouri, and graduated Phi Beta Kappa with a B.A. in Cinema from the University of Southern ...

32. Larry Gelbart

Writer | M*A*S*H

The gift of provoking laughter came early to Larry Gelbart and has never deserted him. His distinguished career as a writer of comedy reads like a history of the art over the last 40 years. His writing credits date back to the Golden Age of radio, thanks in part to his father. The elder Gelbart was...

33. Jack Gilardi Jr.

Producer | Machete

Jack Gilardi Jr. was born on February 10, 1970 in Burbank, California, USA as John Gilardi. He is a producer and actor, known for Machete (2010), Bernie (2011) and Double Impact (1991).

34. Mark A. Gochman

KKnown for his longstanding relationships with talented artists, Mark has handled some of the most sophisticated negotiations in the entertainment industry. Early on, The Hollywood Reporter named him among the "Next Generation" of leading entertainment industry executives, and today he is regularly...

35. Howard Gordon

Producer | 24

Howard Gordon was born on March 31, 1961 in Queens, New York City, New York, USA. He is a producer and writer, known for 24 (2001), Homeland (2011) and The X-Files (1993).

37. Patricia Heaton

Actress | Everybody Loves Raymond

While studying acting in New York with drama teacher William Esper, Heaton made her Broadway debut in the gospel musical "Don't Get God Started". She and her fellow students then formed Stage Three, an acting company that produced plays Off-Broadway. They took one production, "The Johnstown ...

38. Dennis Hopper

Actor | Easy Rider

With an amazing cinematic career of more than five decades, Dennis Hopper was a multi-talented and unconventional actor/director, regarded by many as one of the true "enfants terribles" of Hollywood. Hopper was born on May 17, 1936 in Dodge City, Kansas, to Marjorie Mae (Davis) and James Millard ...

39. William Hurt

Actor | A History of Violence

William McChord Hurt was born in Washington, D.C., to Claire Isabel (McGill) and Alfred McChord Hurt, who worked at the State Department. He was trained at Tufts University and The Juilliard School and has been nominated for four Academy Awards, including the most recent nomination for his ...

40. Don Johnson

Actor | Miami Vice

Best known for his starring role as Det. Sonny Crockett on the hugely successful TV series Miami Vice (1984), Don Johnson is one of the stars who really defined the 1980s. As James "Sonny" Crockett he went toe-to-toe with drug dealers, pimps, prostitutes, assassins, illegal arms-dealers and crooked...

41. Nicole Kidman

Actress | Moulin Rouge!

Elegant blonde Nicole Kidman, known as one of Hollywood's top Australian imports, was actually born in Honolulu, Hawaii, while her Australian parents were there on educational visas.

Kidman is the daughter of Janelle Ann (Glenny), a nursing instructor, and Antony David Kidman, a biochemist and ...

42. Anne Kopelson

Producer | Murder at 1600

Anne Kopelson was born as Anne Feinberg. She is a producer, known for Murder at 1600 (1997), Outbreak (1995) and Se7en (1995). She was previously married to Arnold Kopelson.

43. Arnold Kopelson

Producer | Platoon

Arnold Kopelson has produced 29 motion pictures. He has been honored with a Best Picture Academy Award, a Golden Globe, and an Independent Spirit Award, all for his production of Platoon (1986). He received a Best Picture Academy Award nomination for his production of The Fugitive (2000). Kopelson's...

45. Sherry Lansing

Producer | Indecent Proposal

Sherry was born in Chicago and pursued an acting career after graduating from Northwestern University. After appearing in two films, Loving (1970) and Rio Lobo (1970), Sherry decided to leave the acting field. In 1974, Sherry joined Talent Associates, as an executive in charge of development. In ...

46. Avi Lerner

Producer | Criminal

Nu Image, Inc. Co-Chairman and principal Avi Lerner is one of the most experienced, prolific and successful independent filmmakers of our time. A well respected feature film producer and distributor, Lerner's reputation, business acumen and impact on the motion picture industry is known worldwide.

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48. Doug Liman

Producer | Edge of Tomorrow

Doug Liman was born on July 24, 1965 in New York City, New York, USA. He is a producer and director, known for Edge of Tomorrow (2014), Swingers (1996) and Fair Game (2010).

50. Branko Lustig

Producer | Gladiator

Branko Lustig was born on June 10, 1932 in Osijek, Croatia, Yugoslavia. He is a producer and production manager, known for Gladiator (2000), Schindler's List (1993) and The Saint (1997).

51. Bernie Mac

Actor | The Bernie Mac Show

Bernard Jeffrey McCollough was born in 1957 in Chicago, the son of Mary McCullough and Jeffery Harrison. He grew up in the city, in a rougher neighborhood than most others, with a large family living under one roof. This situation provided him with a great insight into his comedy, as his family, ...

52. Joshua Malina

Actor | In the Line of Fire

Joshua Malina was born on January 17, 1966 in New York City, New York, USA as Joshua Charles Malina. He is an actor and producer, known for In the Line of Fire (1993), A Few Good Men (1992) and The American President (1995). He has been married to Melissa Merwin since December 1, 1996. They have ...

53. Michael Mann

Producer | The Insider

A student of London's International Film School, Michael Mann began his career in the late 70s, writing for TV shows like Starsky and Hutch (1975). He directed his first film, the award-winning prison drama The Jericho Mile (1979), in 1979. He followed that in 1981 with his first theatrical release,...

55. Ron Meyer

Self | Jim & Andy: The Great Beyond - Featuring a Very Special, Contractually Obligated Mention of Tony Clifton

Respected for his longevity in the business of cinema, Ron Meyer presently helms Universal Studios, Hollywood.

In 2007 the 'Producers Guild of America' awarded Meyer -- the Agent-turned-Studio-chief -- the prestigious Milestone Award for his years of service to the industry. The honor placed him in ...

56. Arnon Milchan

Producer | L.A. Confidential

Arnon Milchan was born on December 6, 1944 in Palestine. He is known for his work on L.A. Confidential (1997), The Revenant (2015) and 12 Years a Slave (2013). He has been married to Amanda Coetzer since 2007. They have two children. He was previously married to Brigitte Genmaire.

57. Rupert Murdoch

Gallipoli

Rupert Murdoch was born on March 11, 1931 in Melbourne, Victoria, Australia as Rupert Keith Murdoch. He is an executive and actor. He has been married to Jerry Hall since March 4, 2016. He was previously married to Wendi Murdoch, Anna Murdoch and Patricia Booker.

59. Amy Pascal

Producer | Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse

Amy Pascal was born on March 25, 1958 in Los Angeles, California, USA. She is a producer, known for Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse (2018), The Post (2017) and Molly's Game (2017). She has been married to Bernard Weinraub since August 9, 1997. They have one child.

60. Millie Perkins

Actress | Wall Street

Millie Perkins was born on May 12, 1936 in Newark, New Jersey, USA as Mildred Frances Perkins. She is an actress, known for Wall Street (1987), The Diary of Anne Frank (1959) and The Witch Who Came from the Sea (1976). She was previously married to Robert Thom and Dean Stockwell.

61. Cynthia Pett-Dante

Producer | Mean Machine

Co-owner and managing partner of "Brillstein Entertainment Partners" whose clients include such actors as Brad Pitt, Elizabeth Perkins, etc.

62. Kelly Preston

Actress | Battlefield Earth

Kelly Preston was born on October 13, 1962 in Honolulu, Hawaii.

A talented and captivating performer, Kelly first garnered international attention with her role as "Marnie Mason" in Ivan Reitman's Twins (1988), starring Arnold Schwarzenegger and Danny DeVito. With her diverse character portrayals in...

63. Frank Price

Producer | Matinee Theatre

One of the few Hollywood executives to come out of a writing background, Price interrupted his early TV career (where he was story editor and writer for CBS-TV from 1951-53) with a stint as story editor at Columbia Pictures (1953-57), which he would later head at two separate times. As the head of ...

64. Sam Raimi

Director | Spider-Man

Highly inventive U.S. film director/producer/writer/actor Sam Raimi first came to the attention of film fans with the savage, yet darkly humorous, low-budget horror film, The Evil Dead (1981). From his childhood, Raimi was a fan of the cinema and, before he was ten-years-old, he was out making ...

65. Bruce M. Ramer

Appointed by President George W. Bush, and confirmed by the US Senate as a member of the board of the Corporation for Public Broadcasting.

66. Sumner Redstone

Self | Nightline Up Close

Viacom Chairman Sumner Murray Redstone, the multi-billionaire who is the controlling shareholder of media conglomerate Viacom and of CBS Corp., was born Sumner Murray Rothstein on May 27, 1923, in Boston, Massachusetts, to Michael Rothstein. His father created National Amusements, a chain of three ...

67. Ivan Reitman

Producer | Up in the Air

Ivan Reitman, as a producer and director, has created many of American cinema's most successful and best loved feature film comedies and has worked with Hollywood's acting elite. Reitman has produced such hits as the ground-breaking sensation National Lampoon's National Lampoon's Animal House (1978)...

68. Haim Saban

Producer | Power Rangers

Haim Saban was born on October 15, 1944 in Alexandria, Egypt. He is a composer and producer, known for Power Rangers (2017), Chappie (2015) and Inspector Gadget (1999). He is married to Cheryl Saban. They have two children.

69. Pat Sajak

Self | Wheel of Fortune

Pat Sajak was born on October 26, 1946 in Chicago, Illinois, USA as Patrick Leonard Sajdak. He is an actor and producer, known for Wheel of Fortune (1983), Airplane II: The Sequel (1982) and The A-Team (1983). He has been married to Lesly Brown since December 31, 1989. They have two children. He ...

70. Deran Sarafian

Producer | Alien Predator

Deran Sarafian was born on January 17, 1958 in Los Angeles, California, USA. He is a producer and director, known for Alien Predator (1986), House (2004) and Interzone (1989). He has been married to Laurie Fortier since June 9, 2000. They have two children.

71. Steve Scheffer

Producer | Chinatown Beat

Steve Scheffer is a producer, known for Chinatown Beat, Earth Abides and Stanistan (2015).

73. Ridley Scott

Producer | The Martian

Described by film producer Michael Deeley as "the very best eye in the business", director Ridley Scott was born on November 30, 1937 in South Shields, Tyne and Wear (then County Durham). His father was an officer in the Royal Engineers and the family followed him as his career posted him ...

74. Tony Scott

Producer | Domino

Tony Scott was a British-born film director and producer. He was the youngest of three brothers, one of whom is fellow film director Ridley Scott. He was born in North Shields, Northumberland, England to parents Jean and Colonel Francis Percy Scott. As a result of his father's career in the British...

75. Lauren Shuler Donner

Producer | Logan

Lauren Shuler Donner has, in the past four decades, established herself as one of the most successful and versatile producers in Hollywood. To date, her films have grossed close to $5 billion worldwide. She crossed over to Executive the very successful "Legion" for FX and "The Gifted" for FBC.

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76. Gary Sinise

Actor | Forrest Gump

Gary Alan Sinise was born in Blue Island, Illinois, to Mylles S. (Alsip) and Robert L. Sinise, A.C.E., a film editor. He is of Italian (from his paternal grandfather), English, Scottish, Irish, French, German, and Swedish ancestry. His family moved to Highland Park, where he attended high school. ...

77. Sylvester Stallone

Actor | Rocky

This athletically built, dark-haired American actor/screenwriter/director may never be mentioned by old-school film critics in the same breath as, say, Richard Burton or Alec Guinness; however, movie fans worldwide have been flocking to see Stallone's films for over 30 years, making "Sly" one of ...

78. Joel Surnow

Writer | 24

Joel Surnow was born on November 29, 1954 in Detroit, Michigan, USA. He is a writer and producer, known for 24 (2001), Nowhere Man (1995) and The Kennedys (2011). He has been married to Colleen Surnow since October 10, 1989. They have three children.

80. Jon Voight

Actor | Midnight Cowboy

Jon Voight was born on December 29, 1938 in Yonkers, New York, USA as Jonathan Vincent Voight. He is an actor, known for Midnight Cowboy (1969), Anaconda (1997) and Deliverance (1972). He was previously married to Marcheline Bertrand and Lauri Peters.

81. Sandy Wernick

Producer | Bulletproof

Sandy Wernick is known for his work on Bulletproof (1996), The Wedding Singer (1998) and Happy Gilmore (1996).

82. Serena Williams

Actress | Pixels

Serena Williams, is one of the top female tennis player in the world, has always maintained a level of interest. She earned her first grand slam singles title at the U.S. Open back in 1999, and made a string of four straight grand slam singles title wins - the 2002 French, Wimbledon, and U.S. Open ...

83. Bruce Willis

Actor | Die Hard

Actor and musician Bruce Willis is well known for playing wisecracking or hard-edged characters, often in spectacular action films. Collectively, he has appeared in films that have grossed in excess of $2.5 billion USD, placing him in the top ten stars in terms of box office receipts.

Walter Bruce ...

84. Irwin Winkler

Producer | Life as a House

Irwin Winkler's career as a producer, director and writer encompasses popular and influential movies that have impacted contemporary culture. With a passion for big, bold, meaningful stories, his films include an array of true screen classics, garnering among them 12 Academy Awards and 52 Oscar ...

85. James Woods

Actor | Vampires

James Howard Woods was born on April 18, 1947 in Vernal, Utah, the son of Martha A. (Smith) and Gail Peyton Woods, a U.S. Army intelligence officer who died during Woods' childhood. James is of Irish, English, and German descent. He grew up in Warwick, Rhode Island, with his mother and stepfather ...

86. Laura Ziskin

Producer | The Butler

Laura Ziskin was born on March 3, 1950 in San Fernando Valley, California, USA as Laura Ellen Ziskin. She was a producer, known for Lee Daniels' The Butler (2013), What About Bob? (1991) and No Way Out (1987). She was married to Alvin Sargent and Julian Barry. She died on June 12, 2011 in Santa ...



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