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Also Known As: Samuel John Goldwyn Jr. Died:
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-distributor in his own right, Goldwyn began his career in England with the J. Arthur Rank Organization as a writer and associate producer after WWII. Recalled to Army service during the Korean War, he produced the award-winning documentary "Alliance for Peace" 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) and during the 1970s produced the Chester Himes caper films, "Cotton Comes to Harlem" (1970) and "Come Back, Charleston Blue" (1972). For his most recent production-distribution company, The Samuel Goldwyn Company (formed in 1979), he has produced "Mystic Pizza" (1988) and "Stella" (1990) and has distributed such on-the-cutting-edge, award-winning arthouse fare--by both established and first-time directors--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 debut "Hollywood Shuffle" (1987), Kenneth...

Son of legendary independent Hollywood producer Samuel Goldwyn and a respected independent producer-distributor in his own right, Goldwyn began his career in England with the J. Arthur Rank Organization as a writer and associate producer after WWII. Recalled to Army service during the Korean War, he produced the award-winning documentary "Alliance for Peace" 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) and during the 1970s produced the Chester Himes caper films, "Cotton Comes to Harlem" (1970) and "Come Back, Charleston Blue" (1972).

For his most recent production-distribution company, The Samuel Goldwyn Company (formed in 1979), he has produced "Mystic Pizza" (1988) and "Stella" (1990) and has distributed such on-the-cutting-edge, award-winning arthouse fare--by both established and first-time directors--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 debut "Hollywood Shuffle" (1987), Kenneth Branagh's "Henry V" (1989), Charles Burnett's "To Sleep With Anger", David Lynch's "Wild at Heart", Luc Besson's "La Femme Nikita" (all 1990) and in 1991 Matty Rich's debut film "Straight Out of Brooklyn", John Sayles' "City of Hope" and Claude Chabrol's "Madame Bovary". Goldwyn subsequently enjoyed considerable success with Kenneth Branagh's production of "Much Ado About Nothing" and Ang Lee's charming low-budget comedy, "The Wedding Banquet" (both 1993).

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DIRECTOR:

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  The Young Lovers (1964) Director

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 Intimate Portrait: Raquel Welch (2002) Interviewee
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 Goldwyn (2001) Interviewee
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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
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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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