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Also Known As: Died: September 16, 2001
Born: June 12, 1918 Cause of Death: natural causes
Birth Place: Fort Dodge, Iowa, USA Profession: Producer ...
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Raised in Fort Dodge, Iowa
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During WWII, served in the US Air Force as a cryptographer
1950:
Began producing career with TV's "The Hank McCune Show" (NBC)
1952:
Suffered a cerebral hemorrhage; recovered after spending a week in a coma
1954:
Co-founded American Releasing Corp. with James H Nicholson; first released film "The Fast and the Furious", directed by Roger Corman
1955:
Company name changed to American International Pictures (AIP)
1957:
AIP released "I Was a Teenage Werewolf", starring Michael Landon
1960:
With "House of Usher" starring Vincent Price, AIP began series of adaptations based in part on the writings of Edgar Allen Poe
1963:
Enjoyed success with the teen "beach" movie "Beach Party", starring Frankie Avalon and Annette Funicello
1966:
AIP released the English-language dubbed version of "What's Up, Tiger Lily?" with dialogue by Woody Allen
1966:
Moved into highbrow fare releasing Fellini's "La Dolce Vita"
1972:
AIP released "Boxcar Bertha", helmed by Martin Scorsese, and "Sisters", directed by Brian De Palma
1973:
First association between John Milius and AIP, "Dillinger"
1980:
AIP released "Mad Max", featuring Mel Gibson (although dialogue was re-dubbed to eradicate Australian accents)
1980:
Formed Samuel Z Arkoff Company (president and chairman)
1981:
Formed Arkoff International Pictures (president)
1993:
Received star Number 1973 on the Hollywood Walk of Fame on January 14
2000:
Signed deal with HBO allowing remakes of five AIP films

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