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Also Known As: Sir Michael Balcon Died: October 16, 1977
Born: May 19, 1896 Cause of Death:
Birth Place: Birmingham, England, GB Profession: producer, executive, distributor, author

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Influential production executive who gave Alfred Hitchcock his first solo directing job ("The Pleasure Garden" 1925) and later founded Gainsborough Pictures, which produced many of Hitchcock's early classics as well as Robert Flaherty's "Man of Aran" (1933). He also headed Gaumont-British and MGM-British during the 1930s and helmed Ealing Studios from 1937 till 1959, during which time it produced the famous postwar series of comedies including "Kind Hearts and Coronets" (1949), "Whisky Galore" (1949), "The Man in the White Suit" (1951) and "The Lavender Hill Mob" (1952). Balcon later founded Bryanston Films, and took over production at British-Lion in 1964 after a much-publicized battle. Father of former actress Jill Balcon, whose son is actor Daniel Day-Lewis.

Influential production executive who gave Alfred Hitchcock his first solo directing job ("The Pleasure Garden" 1925) and later founded Gainsborough Pictures, which produced many of Hitchcock's early classics as well as Robert Flaherty's "Man of Aran" (1933). He also headed Gaumont-British and MGM-British during the 1930s and helmed Ealing Studios from 1937 till 1959, during which time it produced the famous postwar series of comedies including "Kind Hearts and Coronets" (1949), "Whisky Galore" (1949), "The Man in the White Suit" (1951) and "The Lavender Hill Mob" (1952). Balcon later founded Bryanston Films, and took over production at British-Lion in 1964 after a much-publicized battle. Father of former actress Jill Balcon, whose son is actor Daniel Day-Lewis.

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1919:
First job as distributor
1923:
First film as producer, "Woman to Woman"
1928:
Founded Gainsborough Pictures
1931:
Appointed head of production at Gaumont-British Studios
1936:
Named head of production for MGM-British
1937:
Was chief of production and director of Ealing Studios
1959:
Founded Bryanston Films
1964:
Took over British-Lion Pictures
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Notes

He was Knighted in 1948.

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wife:
Aileen Leatherman. Married in 1924.

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daughter:
Jill Balcon. Actor. Born in 1925.
grandson:
Daniel Day-Lewis. Actor. Mother Jill Balcon.

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