Ray Stark


Producer

About

Also Known As
Raymond Otto Stark
Birth Place
New York City, New York, USA
Born
October 03, 1914
Died
January 17, 2004
Cause of Death
Heart Failure

Biography

One of the most influential Hollywood producers who has succeeded in combining serious, ambitious projects with commercial success. Former newsman, press agent, literary agent and high-powered talent agent, Stark co-founded the Seven Arts Production Company, specializing in made-for-TV-movies, with film executive Eliot Hyman in 1957.He produced his first independent feature in 1960 and, ...

Family & Companions

Frances Stark
Wife
Daughter of Fanny Brice and Nick Arnstein; born in August 1919; married from c. 1939 until her death on May 31, 1992.
Dee May
Companion
Widow of department store heir David May; dating as of 1996.

Notes

Stark endowed a chair at USC's School of Cinema-Television in April 1998

Biography

One of the most influential Hollywood producers who has succeeded in combining serious, ambitious projects with commercial success. Former newsman, press agent, literary agent and high-powered talent agent, Stark co-founded the Seven Arts Production Company, specializing in made-for-TV-movies, with film executive Eliot Hyman in 1957.

He produced his first independent feature in 1960 and, with the formation of Rastar Productions in 1966, embarked on a highly successful career as an independent producer beginning with "Funny Girl" (1968), the first of his many popular Barbra Streisand vehicles. Stark has also enjoyed multi-film collaborations with Neil Simon, Jackie Gleason, John Huston, Herbert Ross and Sydney Pollack. Married to Fanny Brice's daughter, Frances, until her death in 1992.

Filmography

 

Producer (Feature Film)

Lost in Yonkers (1993)
Producer
Barbarians At the Gate (1993)
Producer
Steel Magnolias (1989)
Producer
Biloxi Blues (1988)
Producer
Brighton Beach Memoirs (1986)
Producer
The Slugger's Wife (1985)
Producer
Annie (1982)
Producer
Seems Like Old Times (1980)
Producer
The Electric Horseman (1979)
Producer
Chapter Two (1979)
Producer
Casey's Shadow (1978)
Producer
California Suite (1978)
Producer
The Cheap Detective (1978)
Producer
The Goodbye Girl (1977)
Producer
Murder By Death (1976)
Producer
The Sunshine Boys (1975)
Producer
Funny Lady (1975)
Producer
The Way We Were (1973)
Producer
Fat City (1972)
Producer
To Find a Man (1972)
Executive Producer
The Owl and the Pussycat (1970)
Producer
Funny Girl (1968)
Producer
Reflections in a Golden Eye (1967)
Producer
Oh Dad, Poor Dad, Mama's Hung You in the Closet and I'm Feelin' So Sad (1967)
Producer
This Property Is Condemned (1966)
Presented By
Promise Her Anything (1966)
Presented By
Is Paris Burning? (1966)
Presented By
Arrivederci, Baby! (1966)
Presented By
The Night of the Iguana (1964)
Producer
The World of Suzie Wong (1961)
Producer

Production Companies (Feature Film)

The Owl and the Pussycat (1970)
Company
Funny Girl (1968)
Company
Reflections in a Golden Eye (1967)
Company
The Night of the Iguana (1964)
Company

Cast (Special)

The American Film Institute Salute to John Huston (1983)
Performer

Producer (Special)

Steel Magnolias (1990)
Executive Producer
Funny Girl to Funny Lady (1975)
Executive Producer

Misc. Crew (Special)

The 69th Annual Academy Awards (1997)
Archival Footage
The 68th Annual Academy Awards (1996)
Archival Footage
The 67th Annual Academy Awards (1995)
Archival Footage

Cast (Short)

The Lion Roars Again (1975)
Himself
On the Trail of the Iguana (1964)
Himself

Life Events

1957

Formed Seven Arts Productions (with Eliot Hyman)

1960

Produced first independent feature film, "The World of Suzie Wong"

1964

Produced first Broadway musical, "Funny Girl"

1968

Resigned as executive vice president and head of production of Seven Arts to become independent producer; formed Rastar Productions to produce film, "Funny Girl"

Videos

Movie Clip

Annie (1982) -- President Roosevelt Called Three Times After a big musical number celebrating her arrival at the home of billionaire Oliver “Daddy” Warbucks (Albert Finney), Aileen Quinn (the “Little Orphan” title character) hides as the man makes his first appearance, confronting his aide Miss Farrell (Ann Reinking), in producer Ray Stark and director John Huston’s Annie, 1982.
Annie (1982) -- She's A Drunk! Hired orphanage boss Miss Hannigan (Carol Burnett) had assumed she was about to get busted for various drunken deeds but is much happier when she realizes Miss Farrell (Ann Reinking) represents a billionaire interested in temporary adoption, the title character (Aileen Quinn) volunteering, early in Annie, 1982.
Annie (1982) -- I Think I'm Gonna Like It Here A bigger-still production number, shot inside Wilson Hall, Monmouth University in Long Branch, NJ, John Huston directing with choreography by Arlene Phillips to a tune by Charles Strouse and Martin Charnin from the original Broadway hit, Aileen Quinn (title character) supported by Anne Reinking (as Miss Farrell) and other members of the Warbucks household, in Annie, 1982.
Annie (1982) -- Sign! Having warmed to the title character (the orphan whom he originally meant to adopt for just one week), wealthy Oliver Warbucks (Albert Finney) pressures the orphanage boss (Carol Burnett as Miss Hannigan) to sign the deal, but she has her own agenda, in Annie, 1982, song by Charles Strouse and Martin Charnin.
Annie (1982) -- It's The Hard-Knock Life Immediately following the restrained first number, the girls (Aileen Queen the “Little Orphan” title character, Toni Ann Gisondi as little Molly) have scared up their minder, Carol Burnett as Miss Hannigan, director John Huston exercising a tight grip in his first musical, song by Charles Strouse and Martin Charnin, choreography by Arlene Phillips, production design by Dale Hennesy, in producer Ray Stark’s Annie, 1982.
Steel Magnolias (1989) - Serve Him On Toast Amid bedlam preparing the house for the small-town Louisiana wedding reception for Shelby (Julia Roberts, not seen here), the first scene for Shirley MacLaine as nutty neighbor Ouizer, enraged with father-of-the-bride Tom Skerritt, who’s frightened her dog by using gunshots to scare away birds, early in Steel Magnolias, 1989, from Robert Harling’s play.
Steel Magnolias (1989) - Dearly Beloved About 30 minutes in, the Louisiana wedding of Julia Roberts as Shelby (the credited singer is Gale. J. Odom), Sally Field her mom, Shirley MacLaine as cranky Ouizer, Dolly Parton as stylist Truvy, Olympia Dukakis the widow Belcher, Tom Skerritt the father, his hearing compromised by earlier efforts to scare off birds, and Dylan McDermott the groom, in Steel Magnolias, 1989.
Owl And The Pussycat, The (1970) - Sit On Your Tire Director Herbert Ross, from Bill Manhoff’s play and Buck Henry’s screenplay, introduces his two leads, first Barbara Streisand as Manhattan streetwalker Doris, sheltering under the New York Post, and George Segal as bookworm Felix, toting Henry James, in The Owl And The Pussycat, 1970, Jacques Sanduescu their super.
Owl And The Pussycat, The (1970) - What's Your Last Name? Still on their epic first night together, both thrown out of the same building, now in his friend’s apartment, after their improbable tryst, bookworm Felix (George Segal) and hooker Doris (Barbra Streisand) find a whole new range of topics to argue, in The Owl And The Pussycat, 1970, from the Bill Manhoff play.
Owl And The Pussycat, The (1970) - You Rat Fink Fruitcake! First meeting between the principals, neighbors in the same apartment, after aspiring novelist Felix (George Segal) has called the management to alert them that Doris (Barbra Streisand) appears to be transacting prostitution, seen through his window, early in director Herbert Ross’ The Owl And The Pussycat, 1970.
California Suite (1978) - God Will Punish Us Droll Britishers Sidney (Michael Caine) and Oscar-nominated actress wife Diana (Maggie Smith), in town for the ceremonies, taking a call from her producer, in Neil Simon's California Suite, 1978.
California Suite (1978) - Offer Me A Monarchy Long-divorced Hannah (Jane Fonda) from New York visiting her successful screenwriter ex Bill (Alan Alda), arguing over their teenage daughter, in Neil Simon's California Suite, 1978.

Trailer

This Property Is Condemned - (Original Trailer) A small-town girl (Natalie Wood) fights her mother's opposition when she falls for a big-city businessman (Robert Redford) in This Property Is Condemned (1966).
Annie - (Original Trailer) An orphan attracts the attention of a Wall Street tycoon and a con artist in John Huston's movie version of the Broadway hit Annie (1982).
Sunshine Boys, The - (Original Trailer) A feuding comedy team reunites for a television comeback in Neil Simon's The Sunshine Boys (1975) with an Academy Award®-winning performance by George Burns.
Way We Were, The - (Original Trailer) Barbra Streisand and Robert Redford in one of the '70's greatest romances wrapped around the turbulent American politics of the 30's and 40's.
Seems Like Old Times - (Original Trailer) Lady lawyer Goldie Hawn tries to hide her ex-husband Chevy Chase when he's wrongly accused of bank robbery in Neil Simon's Seems Like Old Times (1980).
Goodbye Girl, The - (Original Trailer) Richard Dreyfuss won a Best Actor Oscar playing an aspiring actor who sublets an apartment from dancer Marsha Mason in Neil Simon's The Goodbye Girl (1977).
Murder By Death - (Original Trailer) An all-star cast parodies famous detectives in the Neil Simon whodunit spoof Murder By Death (1976).
Night of the Iguana, The - (Original Trailer) A defrocked priest (Richard Burton) surrenders to the sins of the flesh in a Mexican hotel in The Night of the Iguana (1964).
Funny Girl -- (2001 Re-issue Trailer) Comedienne Fanny Brice (Barbra Streisand) fights to prove that she can be the greatest star in the musical Funny Girl (1968).
Steel Magnolias - (Original Trailer) Small-town Southern women help each other through the trials of life in Steel Magnolias (1989) starring Sally Field and Julia Roberts.

Family

Fanny Brice
Mother-In-Law
Vaudevillian, comedian. Nicknamed Stark "The Rabbit".
Jules W Arnstein
Father-In-Law
Peter Stark
Son
Died in 1970.
Wendy Stark Morrissey
Daughter
Editor. Los Angeles editor of <i>Vanity Fair</i>; married to producer John Morrissey until 2000.
Allison Morrissey
Granddaughter

Companions

Frances Stark
Wife
Daughter of Fanny Brice and Nick Arnstein; born in August 1919; married from c. 1939 until her death on May 31, 1992.
Dee May
Companion
Widow of department store heir David May; dating as of 1996.

Bibliography

Notes

Stark endowed a chair at USC's School of Cinema-Television in April 1998