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Also Known As: Died: March 8, 1997
Born: June 2, 1921 Cause of Death: leukemia
Birth Place: Germany Profession: Producer ...
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Born in Danzig, Germany (now Gdansk, Poland)
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Raised in Berlin
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Began career as assistant to his father
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Family fled the Nazis; first settled in Cuba
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Moved to Mexico City
1943:
First solo producing effort, "Boom in the Moon/El Moderno Barba-Azul", starring Buster Keaton
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Moved back to Europe in the late 1950s; settling in Paris
1960:
With his father, formed partnership to oversee international features; first production Abel Gance's "Austerlitz", budgeted at betweeen $3 million and $4 million
1962:
Co-produced "The Trial", directed by Orson Welles
1973:
Had first US box-office success with Richard Lester's remake of "The Three Musketeers"; shooting on the film was extended by a month and the extra footage was fashioned into a sequel "The Four Musketeers" (1975); Screen Actors Guild later issued the Salkind Clause, insuring that when an actor signs a contract it is for only one feature
1978:
Credited as 'Presenter' of "Superman", executive produced by son Ilya; Salkind reportedly refused to release the finished print until Warner Bros. paid an additional $15 million fee for international distribution; also 'presented' "Superman II" (1980) and exutive produced "Superman III" (1983)
1988:
Co-created and co-produced the syndicated series "The Adventures of Superboy"
1992:
Last feature film credit, "Christopher Columbus: The Discovery"; sued by son Ilya and other producers for breach of contract and conspiracy to defraud on a loan; lawsuit settled out of court

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