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Also Known As: Samuel John Goldwyn Jr. Died: January 9, 2015
Born: September 7, 1926 Cause of Death:
Birth Place: Los Angeles, California, USA Profession: executive, director, producer, associate producer, writer

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Son of legendary independent Hollywood producer Samuel Goldwyn and a respected independent producer and distributor in his own right, Samuel Goldwyn Jr. began his career in England with the J. Arthur Rank Organization as a writer and associate producer after World War II. Recalled to Army service during the Korean War, he produced the award-winning documentary "Alliance for Peace" (1952) before forming Formosa Productions in 1955 and producing such films as "Man Without a Gun" (1955), "Proud Rebel" (1956) and "The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn" (1960). In 1961, he made his directorial debut with the college youth film, "The Young Lovers" (1964). During the 1970s, he produced the Chester Himes caper films "Cotton Comes to Harlem" (1970) and "Come Back, Charleston Blue" (1972). In 1979, Goldwyn set out the production and distribution shingle The Samuel Goldwyn Company, producing highly regarded indie films like Amy Jones' romantic comedy "Mystic Pizza" (1988) and the Bette Midler drama "Stella" (1990). The company also distributed award-winning art house fare such as Bill Forsyth's "Gregory's Girl" (1981), Alex Cox's "Sid and Nancy" (1986), Stephen Frears' "Prick Up Your Ears" (1987), Robert...

Son of legendary independent Hollywood producer Samuel Goldwyn and a respected independent producer and distributor in his own right, Samuel Goldwyn Jr. began his career in England with the J. Arthur Rank Organization as a writer and associate producer after World War II. Recalled to Army service during the Korean War, he produced the award-winning documentary "Alliance for Peace" (1952) before forming Formosa Productions in 1955 and producing such films as "Man Without a Gun" (1955), "Proud Rebel" (1956) and "The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn" (1960). In 1961, he made his directorial debut with the college youth film, "The Young Lovers" (1964). During the 1970s, he produced the Chester Himes caper films "Cotton Comes to Harlem" (1970) and "Come Back, Charleston Blue" (1972). In 1979, Goldwyn set out the production and distribution shingle The Samuel Goldwyn Company, producing highly regarded indie films like Amy Jones' romantic comedy "Mystic Pizza" (1988) and the Bette Midler drama "Stella" (1990). The company also distributed award-winning art house fare such as Bill Forsyth's "Gregory's Girl" (1981), Alex Cox's "Sid and Nancy" (1986), Stephen Frears' "Prick Up Your Ears" (1987), Robert Townsend's "Hollywood Shuffle" (1987), and Kenneth Branagh's "Henry V" (1989). As the independent film scene in America heated up, Goldwyn distributed Charles Burnett's "To Sleep With Anger," David Lynch's "Wild at Heart," and Luc Besson's "La Femme Nikita" in 1990, followed by Matty Rich's "Straight Out of Brooklyn," John Sayles' "City of Hope" and Claude Chabrol's "Madame Bovary" the following year. Goldwyn subsequently enjoyed considerable success with Branagh's production of "Much Ado About Nothing" (1993) and Ang Lee's charming low-budget comedy "The Wedding Banquet" (1993). Moving back into production, Goldwyn produced the Whitney Houston/Denzel Washington romantic fantasy "The Preacher's Wife" (1996) and the Latin-themed romantic comedy "Tortilla Soup" (2001), based on Lee's "The Wedding Banquet." His biggest success came with the blockbuster "Master and Commander: The Far Side of the World" (2003), which won six Oscars including Best Picture. A decade later, Goldwyn's final production credit came with Ben Stiller's big-budget expansion of the classic James Thurber story "The Secret Life of Walter Mitty" (2013). Samuel Goldwyn Jr. died on January 9, 2015 in Los Angeles. He was 88 years old.

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1944:
Served with the US Army
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Joined J. Arthur Rank Organization in London as a writer and associate producer after WWII
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Stage producing debut, "Gathering Storm" in London
1948:
Returned to USA
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Became an associate producer at Universal
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Recalled to Army service; produced and directed army documentary films including "Alliance for Peace" which won a prize at the Edinburgh Film Festival
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Became a TV producer of such shows as "Adventure" (1952-1953) and "The Unexplained" (1954)
1955:
Founded Formosa Productions Inc.
1955:
Produced first feature film, "Man Without a Gun"
1964:
Directed first feature, "The Young Lovers"
1979:
Formed The Samuel Goldwyn Company; served as chairman and CEO
1983:
First film produced by the Samuel Goldwyn Company, "The Golden Seal"
1991:
The privately-owned Samuel Goldwyn Company went public after completing a merger with Heritage Entertainment Inc. (December); renamed Samuel Goldwyn Entertainment
1997:
Samuel Goldwyn Entertainment sold to MGM by Metromedia; Goldwyn attempted to relaunch company
1997:
Filed lawsuit against MGM and Metromedia when MGM announced plans to launch Goldwyn Films
1999:
Settled lawsuit with MGM over rights to use the name 'Goldwyn'; renamed company G2 Films
2003:
Produced "Master and Commander: The Far Side Of the World" which starred Russell Crowe; received a Golden Globe nomination for Best Picture
2013:
Produced "The Secret Life of Walter Mitty"
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Education

University of Virginia: Charlottesville , Virginia -

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wife:
Jennifer Howard. Daughter of playwright Sidney Howard; married in 1950; divorced c. 1966; mother of Goldwyn's four older children.
wife:
Peggy Elliott. Married on August 23, 1969; mother of Goldwyn's two younger children.

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father:
Samuel Goldwyn. Glove salesman, independent producer. Born on August 27, 1882 in Warsaw, Poland; died in 1974; legendary co-founder of Jesse L. Lasky Feature Play Company; his namesake company, The Goldwyn Company, merged with Metro Pictures and Louis B. Mayer Productions to form MGM; formed Samuel Goldwyn Productions in 1923 becoming the longest-running independent producer in Hollywood.
mother:
Frances Howard. Former Broadway actor. Born in 1903; married Goldwyn in 1925; second wife of Samuel Goldwyn; died in 1976.
half-sister:
Ruth Goldwyn. Mother Blanche Lasky, Goldwyn's first wife.
daughter:
Catherine Howard Goldwyn. Born in 1951; mother, Jennifer Howard.
son:
Francis Sidney Howard Goldwyn. Born in 1954; mother, Jennifer Howard.
daughter:
Rebecca Howard Goldwyn. Born on August 15, 1955; died on September 1, 1955; mother, Jennifer Howard.
son:
John Goldwyn. Executive, producer. Born in August 1958; mother, Jennifer Howard; named president of production, Paramount Pictures Motion Picture Group 1991; married to actress Colleen Camp.
son:
Tony Goldwyn. Actor, director. Born in May 1960; mother, Jennifer Howard; married to production designer Jane Musky.
daughter:
Elizabeth E Goldwyn. Born December 25, 1976; mother, Peggy Elliott.
son:
Peter Samuel Elliott Goldwyn. Born July 18. 1979; mother, Peggy Elliott.
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