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Also Known As: Mervyn Le Roy Died: September 13, 1987
Born: October 15, 1900 Cause of Death:
Birth Place: San Francisco, California, USA Profession: director, producer, actor, pickle salesman

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Former actor and comedy writer who began a prolific directing career in 1927. LeRoy did his best work at Warner Bros. in the 1930s, turning out a string of grittily realistic films which reflected the hardships of Depression-era America. His 1930 gangster film, "Little Caesar", launched Edward G. Robinson into stardom and inaugurated the genre with which Warners would make its name. In 1938 LeRoy switched to MGM and turned his hand to glossier and, for the most part, less satisfactory fare. His other achievements include producing "The Wizard of Oz" (1939), taking over the direction of "Mister Roberts" (1955) from an ailing John Ford and introducing Ronald Reagan to Nancy Davis.

Former actor and comedy writer who began a prolific directing career in 1927. LeRoy did his best work at Warner Bros. in the 1930s, turning out a string of grittily realistic films which reflected the hardships of Depression-era America. His 1930 gangster film, "Little Caesar", launched Edward G. Robinson into stardom and inaugurated the genre with which Warners would make its name. In 1938 LeRoy switched to MGM and turned his hand to glossier and, for the most part, less satisfactory fare. His other achievements include producing "The Wizard of Oz" (1939), taking over the direction of "Mister Roberts" (1955) from an ailing John Ford and introducing Ronald Reagan to Nancy Davis.

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DIRECTOR:

1.
  The Green Berets (1968) Uncredited dir
2.
  Moment to Moment (1966) Director
3.
  Mary Mary (1963) Director
4.
  A Majority of One (1962) Director
5.
  Gypsy (1962) Director
6.
  The Devil at 4 O'Clock (1961) Director
7.
  Wake Me When It's Over (1960) Director
8.
  The FBI Story (1959) Director
9.
  Home Before Dark (1958) Director
10.
  No Time for Sergeants (1958) Director

CAST: (feature film)

1.
 The Bad Seed (1956) Narrator of epilogue
2.
 Without Reservations (1946) Himself
3.
 Broadway After Dark (1924) Carl Fisher
4.
 The Chorus Lady (1924) "Duke" [the Jockey]
5.
 Going Up (1923) The Bellboy
6.
 Little Johnny Jones (1923) George Nelson, jockey
7.
 The Call of the Canyon (1923) Jack Rawlins
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1912:
Stage debut San Francisco (date approximate)
1916:
First stage act
1922:
Moved to Hollywood permanently after returning to vaudeville
1927:
Directorial debut
1938:
Became MGM production executive
1940:
Returned to directing
1945:
Formed Arrowhead Productions
1953:
Returned to Warner Bros.
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wife:
Edna Murphy. Actor.
wife:
Doris Warner. 1932, divorced 1945; daughter of Harry M Warner.

Family close complete family listing

son:
Warner LeRoy. Restaurant manager. Mother Doris Warner.

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