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Born: February 14, 1935 Cause of Death:
Birth Place: New York City, New York, USA Profession: producer, distributor, financier, actor, lawyer

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One of the most prolific film producers of the past two decades, Arnold Kopelson first entered the industry as an entertainment and banking lawyer before going on to become an Oscar-winning producer. A leading industry figure who served as either an executive producer, producer, packager, developer or distributor on over 100 films - often with wife and business partner Anne - Kopelson kicked off his career as a Hollywood mogul in 1972 with the founding of Inter-Ocean Film Sales, a company that specialized in the foreign distribution of independently produced non-American TV movies. In the late 1970s, Kopelson became an independent producer and enjoyed varying degrees of critical and commercial success, most notably with the Oscar-winning "Platoon" (1986), the controversial urban drama "Falling Down" (1993), the action-packed Harrison Ford vehicle "The Fugitive" (1993) and the grisly Brad Pitt thriller "Se7en" (1995). When all was said and done, Kopelson's films were collectively responsible for 17 Academy Award nominations and over $3 billion in worldwide receipts.

One of the most prolific film producers of the past two decades, Arnold Kopelson first entered the industry as an entertainment and banking lawyer before going on to become an Oscar-winning producer. A leading industry figure who served as either an executive producer, producer, packager, developer or distributor on over 100 films - often with wife and business partner Anne - Kopelson kicked off his career as a Hollywood mogul in 1972 with the founding of Inter-Ocean Film Sales, a company that specialized in the foreign distribution of independently produced non-American TV movies. In the late 1970s, Kopelson became an independent producer and enjoyed varying degrees of critical and commercial success, most notably with the Oscar-winning "Platoon" (1986), the controversial urban drama "Falling Down" (1993), the action-packed Harrison Ford vehicle "The Fugitive" (1993) and the grisly Brad Pitt thriller "Se7en" (1995). When all was said and done, Kopelson's films were collectively responsible for 17 Academy Award nominations and over $3 billion in worldwide receipts.

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Began career with law firm of Cravath, Swaine & Moore in New York
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Practiced entertainment and banking law, specializing in motion picture financing
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Acted as special counsel in entertainment lending transactions to several institutions including Chemical Bank
1979:
First credits as an executive producer, "Lost and Found", "The Legacy", and "Foolin' Around"
1981:
Developed the immensely popular and influential teen sex comedy "Porky's"
1986:
Produced Oliver Stone's acclaimed Vietnam War drama, "Platoon", first film as a producer
1987:
Served as a judge at the 1987 Miss Universe Pageant
1989:
Produced "Triumph of the Spirit", a Holocaust drama starring Willem Dafoe; first film allowed to be shot entirely on location at the Auschwitz-Birkenau concentration camp in Poland
1992:
Signed a three-year first-look deal with Warner Bros. For Arnold Kopelson Prods.
1992:
Acting debut, guest shot in an episode of "2000 Malibu Road"
1993:
Produced the Oscar-nominated "The Fugitive"
1996:
Served as a producer on "Seven"
2000:
With wife Anne, executive produced the CBS fall remake of "The Fugitive"
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Education

New York University: New York , New York - 1956
New York Law School: New York , New York - 1959

Notes

Kopelson is the co-chair of Arnold Kopelson Productions.

Kopelson is the co-chair of Inter-Ocean Film Sales, Ltd.

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wife:
Anne Kopelson. Film distributor, producer. Married in 1976; co-founder of Arnold Kopelson Productions.

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