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Also Known As: Died: July 30, 2014
Born: January 22, 1924 Cause of Death:
Birth Place: Budapest, HU Profession: Producer ...
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1944:
Joined the Hungarian Resistance to fight the Nazis in his native land
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Captured by the Nazis in Poland and sentenced to death
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Liberated by the invading Russians
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Battled against the Communists as an agent for the Office of Strategic Services (OSS), the precursor to the CIA
1947:
Sentenced to death by the Communists for spying
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Smuggled out of jail and into Austria
1950:
Emigrated to the USA, reportedly with only $5 in his pocket
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Began working as a photographer
1952:
Worked as a photojournalist for <i>Life</i> magazine
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Published eleven books on subjects as diverse as African wildlife, world zoos, sportscars and "How to Photograph Women"
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Produced documentaries, mostly on nature and 'outdoors' subjects
1973:
Turned to producing full-time as he neared 50 years of age (date approximate)
1974:
Feature debut as producer, "Visit to a Chief's Son"; screenplay based on his novel
1979:
TV-movie debut as producer, "My Old Man" (CBS)
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Launched own production company, Robert Halmi Productions
1980:
First TV-movie with own production company, "A Private Battle" (CBS)
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Debut as producer of TV drama series, "Nurse" (CBS)
1984:
Produced the CBS movie "Terrible Joe Moran", starring James Cagney
1984:
Was producer of the Emmy-nominated children's program "The Night They Saved Christmas" (ABC)
1986:
Debut as TV miniseries producer, "Spearfield's Daughter" (syndicated)
1987:
Executive produced the CBS adaptation of the play "Pack of Lies"
1990:
Was the executive producer of the Merchant Ivory production "Mr. & Mrs. Bridge"
1990:
Won first Emmy Award for the well-received TV-movie "AT&T Presents The Incident" (CBS), starring Walter Matthau
1991:
Executive produced the acclaimed, Emmy-nominated HBO biopic "The Josephine Baker Story"
1992:
RHI Entertainment, Inc. began trading on the American Stock Exchange
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Formed a global partnership with BetaFilm (Kirch Group) in Germany, Silvio Berlusconi in Italy, CBS in the USA and major TV networks worldwide to raise the $40 million budget for the eight-hour CBS miniseries, "Scarlett" (1994)
1993:
Served as executive producer of the CBS remake of "Gypsy", starring Bette Midler
1994:
Sold RHI Entertainment, Inc. to Hallmark
1994:
Became Chairman of the Board of Hallmark Entertainment
1994:
Executive produced the sequel "Incident in a Small Town", again starring Walter Matthau
1995:
For ABC, executive produced the small screen remake of the musical "Bye Bye Birdie"
1996:
Executive produced the acclaimed NBC miniseries adaptation of "Gulliver's Travels"; won Emmy Award
1996:
Was executive producer of TV remake of "In Cold Blood" (CBS); received Emmy nomination
1997:
Picked up an Emmy nod for Outstanding Miniseries for "The Odyssey" (NBC)
1998:
Served as executive producer of the USA miniseries "Moby Dick", starring Patrick Stewart, and the NBC miniseries "Merlin"; earned Emmy nominations for both
1998:
Executive produced the TV remake of "Rear Window", starring Christopher Reeve
1999:
Served as executive producer of "Noah's Ark", reputedly one of the most expensive TV projects ever
1999:
Executive produced "Cleopatra", a two-part ABC dramatization of the life of the Egyptian queen
2000:
Reteamed with Patrick Stewart for the TNT adaptation of Dickens' "A Christmas Carol", with Stewart as Scrooge
2000:
Served as executive producer of "Don Quixote" (TNT), the Emmy-nominated "Arabian Knights" (ABC) and "Jason and the Argonauts" (NBC)
2002:
Executive produced "Snow White: The Fairest of Them All" (ABC) and "Prince Charming" (TNT)

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