The Info List - Walter Mirisch

Walter Mortimer Mirisch (born November 8, 1921) is an American film producer. He is President and Executive Head of Production of The Mirisch Corporation, an independent film production company, which he formed in 1957 with his brothers, Marvin and Harold.[1] He won the Academy Award
Academy Award
for Best Picture as producer of In the Heat of the Night (1967).[2][3]


1 Life and career

1.1 Early years 1.2 Career 1.3 Honors and awards

2 Personal life 3 Selected filmography 4 Bibliography 5 References 6 External links

Life and career[edit] Early years[edit] Born to a Jewish family[4] in New York, Mirisch graduated from DeWitt Clinton High School and entered the movie business as a summer vacation usher in Jersey City's State Theater, soon moving up to higher positions at other theaters. In 1942, he received a BA degree from the University of Wisconsin–Madison
University of Wisconsin–Madison
and the following year graduated from Harvard's Graduate School of Business Administration.[5] He produced his first film, Fall Guy (1947) for Monogram Pictures.[5] Career[edit] At the age of 29, Mirisch became production head at Allied Artists Studio, initially only a division of Monogram, with some 30 films to oversee. During his tenure, he found time to personally produce Flat Top, Wichita, which received a Golden Globe from the Hollywood Foreign Press Association as Best Outdoor Drama of 1955, The First Texan, and An Annapolis Story. He supervised the productions of Invasion of the Body Snatchers, Friendly Persuasion, and Love in the Afternoon, among many others. Mirisch heads that category of creative producers who have learned their craft thoroughly from the very inception of a project through all phases of its production process. Known in the industry as a perfectionist, he supervises every detail of his films from the earliest stages to the final release. The Mirisch Company was founded in 1957.[6] It produced 68 films for United Artists, including three that won the Academy Award
Academy Award
for Best Picture - The Apartment
The Apartment
(1960), West Side Story (1961) and In the Heat of the Night (1967), which also won four other Oscars.[7][3] Among the most noteworthy Mirisch projects that Walter personally produced are: Man Of The West; The Magnificent Seven; Two for the See-Saw; Toys in the Attic; the film version of James A. Michener's monumental novel, Hawaii, which was nominated for seven Oscars, and its sequel, The Hawaiians; Midway, the saga of America's greatest naval victory; the tender and moving Same Time, Next Year; and Romantic Comedy. The Mirisch Corporation's list of pictures also includes John Ford's The Horse Soldiers; William Wyler's The Children's Hour; John Sturges' The Great Escape; Blake Edwards' The Pink Panther, A Shot in the Dark, and The Party, all starring Peter Sellers; Wilder's Some Like It Hot, One, Two, Three, Irma La Douce, and The Fortune Cookie; and Norman Jewison's The Russians Are Coming, the Russians Are Coming, an Academy Award nominee for Best Picture; The Thomas Crown Affair; and the motion picture versions of the Broadway plays Same Time, Next Year and Romantic Comedy and the musical Fiddler on the Roof, also an Academy Award nominee for Best Picture. For NBC
television network, Mirisch was executive producer of Wichita Town with Joel McCrea (1959-1960), Peter Loves Mary(1960-1961), Desperado; Return of Desperado; Desperado: Avalanche At Devil’s Ridge; Desperado: Legacy; Desperado: Sole Survivor; and in 1993, Troubleshooters: Trapped Beneath The Earth. Mirisch was executive producer of Lily in Winter for the USA Network
USA Network
in 1994, A Class for Life for ABC in 1995, as well as The Magnificent Seven, a weekly series for CBS
in 1997. Ron Howard
Ron Howard
has said of Mirisch, "From Bomba, the Jungle Boy
Bomba, the Jungle Boy
to Some Like It Hot and In the Heat of the Night . . . Walter Mirisch produced many of the films which dazzled and inspired me (and I'm not kidding about Bomba. I loved those movies as a kid.) When I later acted in one of his (lesser) productions, The Spikes Gang, I learned that a prolific and brilliant producer could also be a terrific guy and a wonderful teacher."[8] Honors and awards[edit] Mirisch received the 1967 Academy Award
Academy Award
for Best Picture for his production of In the Heat of the Night.[3] Throughout the years, he has been the recipient of numerous awards and honors, including The Producer of the Year Award: first, from the Producers' Guild of America (1967); later, the National Association of Theater Owners (1972); and then ShowaRama (1975). In addition, he received the Cecil B. DeMille
Cecil B. DeMille
Award of the Hollywood Foreign Press Association for "outstanding contribution to the entertainment field" (1976), the Irving G. Thalberg Memorial Award
Irving G. Thalberg Memorial Award
of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences
Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences
for his "consistently high quality of motion picture production (1978), and the Academy's Jean Hersholt
Jean Hersholt
Humanitarian Award, which is given to an individual whose "humanitarian efforts have brought credit to the industry" (1983). Mirisch has served three terms as president of the Producers Guild of America. He served four terms as President of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences. He is a former president and Governor of the Performing Arts Council of the Los Angeles Music Center, as well as a trustee of the Motion Picture and Television Fund. Mirisch is also an Emeritus member of the board of directors of Cedars-Sinai Medical Center of Los Angeles, and the board of directors of the UCLA Foundation. He was decorated by the Republic of France
with its Order of Arts and Letters in 1961. In May 1989, he received an honorary doctorate in Humane Letters from the University of Wisconsin–Madison. In June 1989, he was the recipient of the UCLA Medal, the university's highest award. In 2004, he was honored with a retrospective at the Los Angeles County Museum of Art entitled "The Magnificent Mirisches". The Museum of Modern Art (MoMA) in New York honored him in 2006 with a retrospective of twelve films. On February 2, 2008, Mirisch presented the Darryl F. Zanuck
Darryl F. Zanuck
Producer of the Year award at the 19th Annual Producers Guild of America Awards. The top honor (the equivalent of the Academy Award
Academy Award
for Best Picture) went to Scott Rudin, Joel and Ethan Coen
Joel and Ethan Coen
for No Country for Old Men. Personal life[edit] Mirisch's son, Lawrence Mirisch, is the founder of the Mirisch Agency.[4] Selected filmography[edit]

Year Title Notes

1958 Fort Massacre producer

Man of the West producer

1959 The Gunfight at Dodge City producer

The Man in the Net producer

Cast a Long Shadow producer

1960 The Magnificent Seven executive producer

1961 By Love Possessed producer

West Side Story executive producer (uncredited)

The Children's Hour executive producer (uncredited)

1962 Follow That Dream executive producer

Kid Galahad executive producer (uncredited)

Two for the Seesaw producer

1963 The Great Escape executive producer (uncredited)

Toys in the Attic producer

The Pink Panther executive producer (uncredited)

1964 633 Squadron executive producer (uncredited)

A Shot in the Dark executive producer (uncredited)

1966 The Russians Are Coming, the Russians Are Coming producer (uncredited)

Hawaii producer

1967 How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying executive producer (uncredited)

In the Heat of the Night producer

Fitzwilly producer

1968 The Party executive producer (uncredited)

The Thomas Crown Affair executive producer (uncredited)

1969 Sinful Davey executive producer

Some Kind of a Nut producer

1970 Halls of Anger executive producer

The Landlord executive producer (uncredited)

The Hawaiians producer

They Call Me MISTER Tibbs! executive producer

1971 The Organization producer

Fiddler on the Roof executive producer (uncredited)

1973 Scorpio producer

1974 The Spikes Gang producer

Mr. Majestyk producer

1976 Midway producer

1978 Gray Lady Down producer

Same Time, Next Year producer

1979 Dracula producer

The Prisoner of Zenda producer

1983 Romantic Comedy producer


Mirisch, Walter (2008). I Thought We Were Making Movies, Not History. Madison, Wisconsin: University of Wisconsin Press. ISBN 0-299-22640-9. 


^ King, Susan (June 17, 2008). "Career stories from a storied producer". Los Angeles Times. Retrieved 17 August 2016.  ^ Gaydos, Steven (February 3, 2015). " Walter Mirisch Looks Back on His First Producing Credit". Variety. Retrieved 17 August 2016.  ^ a b c "The 40th Academy Awards". www.oscars.org. Retrieved 17 August 2016.  ^ a b Jewish Journal: "At Pepperdine, ruminations on Hollywood’s patrimony straight from its (Jewish) patriarchy" by Danielle Berrin October 6, 2013 cached version at Archived December 22, 2015, at the Wayback Machine. ^ a b Gaydos ^ King ^ Martin, Douglas (November 20, 2002). "Marvin Mirisch, 84, Hollywood Producer of 60's". New York Times. Retrieved 17 August 2016.  ^ Mirisch, Walter. "I Thought We Were Making Movies, Not History". UW Press. Retrieved October 25, 2009. 

Jeanine Basinger (2008). "Walter Mirisch". filmreference. Retrieved January 8, 2009. 

External links[edit]

Walter Mirisch Papers at the Wisconsin Center for Film and Theater Research. Walter Mirisch at AllMovie Walter Mirisch on IMDb Walter Mirisch at the TCM Movie Database

Non-profit organization positions

Preceded by Daniel Taradash President of Academy of Motion Pictures, Arts and Sciences 1973–1977 Succeeded by Howard W. Koch

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Jean Hersholt
Jean Hersholt
Humanitarian Award

Y. Frank Freeman (1956) Samuel Goldwyn (1957) Bob Hope (1959) Sol Lesser (1960) George Seaton (1961) Steve Broidy (1962) Edmond L. DePatie (1965) George Bagnall (1966) Gregory Peck (1967) Martha Raye (1968) George Jessel (1969) Frank Sinatra (1970) Rosalind Russell (1972) Lew Wasserman (1973) Arthur B. Krim (1974) Jules C. Stein (1975) Charlton Heston (1977) Leo Jaffe (1978) Robert Benjamin (1979) Danny Kaye (1981) Walter Mirisch (1982) M. J. Frankovich (1983) David L. Wolper (1984) Charles "Buddy" Rogers (1985) Howard W. Koch (1989) Audrey Hepburn
Audrey Hepburn
/ Elizabeth Taylor (1992) Paul Newman (1993) Quincy Jones (1994) Arthur Hiller (2001) Roger Mayer (2005) Sherry Lansing (2007) Jerry Lewis (2009) Oprah Winfrey (2011) Jeffrey Katzenberg (2012) Angelina Jolie (2013) Harry Belafonte (2014) Debbie Reynolds (2015)

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Irving G. Thalberg Memorial Award

Darryl F. Zanuck
Darryl F. Zanuck
(1938) Hal B. Wallis
Hal B. Wallis
(1939) David O. Selznick
David O. Selznick
(1940) Walt Disney
Walt Disney
(1942) Sidney Franklin (1943) Hal B. Wallis
Hal B. Wallis
(1944) Darryl F. Zanuck
Darryl F. Zanuck
(1945) Samuel Goldwyn
Samuel Goldwyn
(1947) Jerry Wald
Jerry Wald
(1949) Darryl F. Zanuck
Darryl F. Zanuck
(1951) Arthur Freed (1952) Cecil B. DeMille
Cecil B. DeMille
(1953) George Stevens
George Stevens
(1954) Buddy Adler (1957) Jack L. Warner
Jack L. Warner
(1959) Stanley Kramer
Stanley Kramer
(1962) Sam Spiegel
Sam Spiegel
(1964) William Wyler
William Wyler
(1966) Robert Wise
Robert Wise
(1967) Alfred Hitchcock
Alfred Hitchcock
(1968) Ingmar Bergman
Ingmar Bergman
(1971) Lawrence Weingarten (1974) Mervyn LeRoy
Mervyn LeRoy
(1976) Pandro S. Berman
Pandro S. Berman
(1977) Walter Mirisch (1978) Ray Stark (1980) Albert R. Broccoli
Albert R. Broccoli
(1982) Steven Spielberg
Steven Spielberg
(1986) Billy Wilder
Billy Wilder
(1988) David Brown and Richard D. Zanuck
Richard D. Zanuck
(1991) George Lucas
George Lucas
(1992) Clint Eastwood
Clint Eastwood
(1995) Saul Zaentz
Saul Zaentz
(1997) Norman Jewison
Norman Jewison
(1999) Warren Beatty
Warren Beatty
(2000) Dino De Laurentiis
Dino De Laurentiis
(2001) John Calley (2009) Francis Ford Coppola
Francis Ford Coppola

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Cecil B. DeMille
Cecil B. DeMille

Cecil B. DeMille
Cecil B. DeMille
(1952) Walt Disney
Walt Disney
(1953) Darryl F. Zanuck
Darryl F. Zanuck
(1954) Jean Hersholt
Jean Hersholt
(1955) Jack L. Warner
Jack L. Warner
(1956) Mervyn LeRoy
Mervyn LeRoy
(1957) Buddy Adler (1958) Maurice Chevalier
Maurice Chevalier
(1959) Bing Crosby
Bing Crosby
(1960) Fred Astaire
Fred Astaire
(1961) Judy Garland
Judy Garland
(1962) Bob Hope
Bob Hope
(1963) Joseph E. Levine
Joseph E. Levine
(1964) James Stewart
James Stewart
(1965) John Wayne
John Wayne
(1966) Charlton Heston
Charlton Heston
(1967) Kirk Douglas
Kirk Douglas
(1968) Gregory Peck
Gregory Peck
(1969) Joan Crawford
Joan Crawford
(1970) Frank Sinatra
Frank Sinatra
(1971) Alfred Hitchcock
Alfred Hitchcock
(1972) Samuel Goldwyn
Samuel Goldwyn
(1973) Bette Davis
Bette Davis
(1974) Hal B. Wallis
Hal B. Wallis
(1975) Walter Mirisch (1977) Red Skelton
Red Skelton
(1978) Lucille Ball
Lucille Ball
(1979) Henry Fonda
Henry Fonda
(1980) Gene Kelly
Gene Kelly
(1981) Sidney Poitier
Sidney Poitier
(1982) Laurence Olivier
Laurence Olivier
(1983) Paul Newman
Paul Newman
(1984) Elizabeth Taylor
Elizabeth Taylor
(1985) Barbara Stanwyck
Barbara Stanwyck
(1986) Anthony Quinn
Anthony Quinn
(1987) Clint Eastwood
Clint Eastwood
(1988) Doris Day
Doris Day
(1989) Audrey Hepburn
Audrey Hepburn
(1990) Jack Lemmon
Jack Lemmon
(1991) Robert Mitchum
Robert Mitchum
(1992) Lauren Bacall
Lauren Bacall
(1993) Robert Redford
Robert Redford
(1994) Sophia Loren
Sophia Loren
(1995) Sean Connery
Sean Connery
(1996) Dustin Hoffman
Dustin Hoffman
(1997) Shirley MacLaine
Shirley MacLaine
(1998) Jack Nicholson
Jack Nicholson
(1999) Barbra Streisand
Barbra Streisand
(2000) Al Pacino
Al Pacino
(2001) Harrison Ford
Harrison Ford
(2002) Gene Hackman
Gene Hackman
(2003) Michael Douglas
Michael Douglas
(2004) Robin Williams
Robin Williams
(2005) Anthony Hopkins
Anthony Hopkins
(2006) Warren Beatty
Warren Beatty
(2007) Steven Spielberg
Steven Spielberg
(2009) Martin Scorsese
Martin Scorsese
(2010) Robert De Niro
Robert De Niro
(2011) Morgan Freeman
Morgan Freeman
(2012) Jodie Foster
Jodie Foster
(2013) Woody Allen
Woody Allen
(2014) George Clooney
George Clooney
(2015) Denzel Washington
Denzel Washington
(2016) Meryl Streep
Meryl Streep
(2017) Oprah Winfrey
Oprah Winfrey

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Golden Globe Award
Golden Globe Award
for Best Motion Picture – Drama


The Song of Bernadette (1943) Going My Way
Going My Way
(1944) The Lost Weekend (1945) The Best Years of Our Lives
The Best Years of Our Lives
(1946) Gentleman's Agreement (1947) Johnny Belinda / The Treasure of the Sierra Madre (1948) All the King's Men (1949)


Sunset Boulevard (1950) A Place in the Sun (1951) The Greatest Show on Earth (1952) On the Waterfront
On the Waterfront
(1954) East of Eden (1955) Around the World in 80 Days (1956) The Bridge on the River Kwai
The Bridge on the River Kwai
(1957) The Defiant Ones (1958) Ben-Hur (1959)


Spartacus (1960) The Guns of Navarone (1961) Lawrence of Arabia (1962) The Cardinal
The Cardinal
(1963) Becket (1964) Doctor Zhivago (1965) A Man for All Seasons (1966) In the Heat of the Night (1967) The Lion in Winter (1968) Anne of the Thousand Days (1969)


Love Story (1970) The French Connection (1971) The Godfather
The Godfather
(1972) The Exorcist (1973) Chinatown (1974) One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest (1975) Rocky
(1976) The Turning Point (1977) Midnight Express (1978) Kramer vs. Kramer
Kramer vs. Kramer


Ordinary People
Ordinary People
(1980) On Golden Pond (1981) E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial
E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial
(1982) Terms of Endearment
Terms of Endearment
(1983) Amadeus (1984) Out of Africa (1985) Platoon (1986) The Last Emperor
The Last Emperor
(1987) Rain Man
Rain Man
(1988) Born on the Fourth of July (1989)


Dances with Wolves
Dances with Wolves
(1990) Bugsy
(1991) Scent of a Woman (1992) Schindler's List
Schindler's List
(1993) Forrest Gump
Forrest Gump
(1994) Sense and Sensibility (1995) The English Patient (1996) Titanic (1997) Saving Private Ryan
Saving Private Ryan
(1998) American Beauty (1999)


Gladiator (2000) A Beautiful Mind (2001) The Hours (2002) The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King (2003) The Aviator (2004) Brokeback Mountain
Brokeback Mountain
(2005) Babel (2006) Atonement (2007) Slumdog Millionaire
Slumdog Millionaire
(2008) Avatar (2009)


The Social Network
The Social Network
(2010) The Descendants
The Descendants
(2011) Argo (2012) 12 Years a Slave (2013) Boyhood (2014) The Revenant (2015) Moonlight (2016) Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri
Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri

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Bomba the Jungle Boy
Bomba the Jungle Boy
by Roy Rockwood


Bomba, the Jungle Boy
Bomba, the Jungle Boy
(1949) Bomba on Panther Island (1949) The Lost Volcano (1950) The Hidden City (1951) The Lion Hunters (1951) Elephant Stampede (1952) African Treasure (1952) Bomba and the Jungle Girl (1952) Safari Drums (1953) The Golden Idol (1954) Killer Leopard (1954) Lord of the Jungle (1955)


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