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Also Known As: Michael Medavoy, Morris Medavoy Died:
Born: January 21, 1941 Cause of Death:
Birth Place: Shanghai, CN Profession: executive, producer, agent, casting director, mailroom clerk

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Like many studio heads, Medavoy began his career working in the mailroom at Universal Studios, where he eventually became a casting director. In 1965, he was hired as an agent trainee and subsequently became one of the leading talent agents in Hollywood, with a client roster that included Jane Fonda, Michelangelo Antonioni, Karel Reisz, Steven Spielberg, Francis Ford Coppola, Robert Aldrich, Jeanne Moreau and George Cukor. As vice president and head of the motion picture department at International Famous Agency (from 1971-74), Medavoy was involved in packaging such films as the Oscar-winning "The Sting" (1973), "Young Frankenstein" (1974) and "Jaws" (1975).

Like many studio heads, Medavoy began his career working in the mailroom at Universal Studios, where he eventually became a casting director. In 1965, he was hired as an agent trainee and subsequently became one of the leading talent agents in Hollywood, with a client roster that included Jane Fonda, Michelangelo Antonioni, Karel Reisz, Steven Spielberg, Francis Ford Coppola, Robert Aldrich, Jeanne Moreau and George Cukor. As vice president and head of the motion picture department at International Famous Agency (from 1971-74), Medavoy was involved in packaging such films as the Oscar-winning "The Sting" (1973), "Young Frankenstein" (1974) and "Jaws" (1975).

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Born to Russian parents in China
1947:
With family, moved from China to Chile
1956:
Moved to the USA; settled in California
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Began career in Universal Studios mailroom
1963:
Worked in casting department at Universal Studios
1963:
Became an agent trainee with Bill Robinson Associates, Los Angeles
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Served as vice president, motion picture department General Artists Corp. and Creative Management Agency
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Worked as vice president, motion picture department International Famous Agency (represented international as well as American talent)
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Became senior vice president of West Coast production, United Artists Corp.
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Founded Orion Pictures in partnership with Warner Communications (with other former UA executives Arthur Krim, Eric Pleskow, William Bernstein and Robert Benjamin); served as executive vice president, Orion Pictures Co., Burbank
1982:
With partners Krim, Pleskow and Bernstein, purchased Filmways, Inc., a distributor and formed Orion Pictures Corporation, publicly traded on the New York Stock Exchange
1990:
Appointed chairman of TriStar Pictures
1990:
Named to Columbia Pictures board of directors
1994:
Announced resignation from TriStar and Columbia
1995:
Formed Phoenix Pictures; signed distribution deal with Sony Pictures Entertainment
1996:
First Phoenix Pictures, "The People vs. Larry Flynt" and "The Mirror Has Two Faces" released
1996:
Was an executive producer of the HBO TV-movie "Soul of the Game"
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Education

University of California at Los Angeles: Los Angeles , California - 1963

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wife:
Marcia Medavoy. Divorced; mother of Brian.
wife:
Patricia Duff. Married in 1986; separated in mid-1993; divorced in 1994.
wife:
Irena Medavoy. Married in July 1995; operated a direct marketing firm, High Heels and Loafers.

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father:
Michael Medavoy. Russian immigrant.
mother:
Dora Medavoy. Russian immigrant.
son:
Brian Medavoy. Producer, manager. Co-owns management company More/Medavoy; born c. 1966.
son:
Nicholas Medavoy. Born on January 21, 1998.
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"You're Only as Good as Your Next One: 100 Great Films, 100 Good Films, and 100 For Which I Should Be Shot" Pocket Books

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