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Also Known As: Walter Mortimer Mirisch, Walter M. Mirisch Died:
Born: November 8, 1921 Cause of Death:
Birth Place: New York City, New York, USA Profession: producer, executive

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The legendary Walter Mirisch got his start producing low-budget features for the more famous of the "Poverty Row" studios, Monogram, and served as executive producer with its subsidiary, Allied Artists, before forming an independent production company with his brother Marvin (born 1918) and half-brother Harold (born 1907) in 1957. The Mirisch Company, Inc. soon emerged as the preeminent independent production outfit of the period, following the decline of the Hollywood studio system.

The legendary Walter Mirisch got his start producing low-budget features for the more famous of the "Poverty Row" studios, Monogram, and served as executive producer with its subsidiary, Allied Artists, before forming an independent production company with his brother Marvin (born 1918) and half-brother Harold (born 1907) in 1957. The Mirisch Company, Inc. soon emerged as the preeminent independent production outfit of the period, following the decline of the Hollywood studio system.

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1938:
Worked for the Skouras Theatre Corporation
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Worked for the Oriental Theatre Corporation
1945:
Joined Monogram Pictures (later Allied Artists)
1947:
Produced first film, "Fall Guy"
1951:
Appointed an executive producer with Allied Artists in July
1957:
Founded Mirisch Co. with brothers
1958:
Produced "Fort Massacre", first Mirisch Co. film
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Produced TV series, "Wichita Town"
1960:
Produced "The Magnificent Seven"
1961:
Mirisch Company offers "West Side Story"
1966:
Produced "Hawaii"
1967:
Produced "In the Heat of the Night"
1969:
President and executive head of production, The Mirisch Corporation
1974:
Produced "Serpico"
1983:
Produced "Romantic Comedy"
1987:
Executive producer, "Desperado" for NBC, first in a series of TV movies
1996:
Executive producer, TV-movie, "A Case for Life"
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Education

City College of New York: New York , New York -
University of Wisconsin: Madison , Wisconsin - 1942
Graduate School of Business Administration, Harvard University Cambridge, MA: - 1943

Notes

He was president of Screen Producers Guild (1960-61)

Board of directors member to the Motion Picture Association of America in 1962.

Served as President of the Permanent Charities Committee (1962-63)

He is a member on the board of governors for the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences (1964, 1972); president (1973-77)

He has served as President of the Center Theatre Group of Los Angeles

"I like to challenge an audience. I especially like movies that are provocative, that have a meaningful theme while stimulating us with new ideas." --Walter Mirisch

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wife:
Patricia Kahan. Married on October 11, 1947.

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father:
Max Mirisch.
mother:
Josephine Mirisch.
brother:
Marvin Mirisch. Producer. Born March 19, 1918, New York NY; co-founder of Mirisch Company, Inc.
brother:
Harold Mirisch. Producer. Born 1907; co-founder of Mirisch Company, Inc.; died 1968.
daughter:
Anne Mirisch.
son:
Andrew Mirisch.
son:
Lawrence Mirisch. Executive. Founder, The Mirisch Agency.
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