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Also Known As: Willie Kaufman, William Kaufman, Will Kaufman Died:
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Wall Street lawyer who entered the motion picture industry as assistant general counsel of Columbia Pictures in 1974. Kaufman quickly rose to become vice chairman of Columbia, when the company was a subsidiary of the Coca-Cola Company, and in 1982 displayed his creative financing skills with his conception and founding of Tri-Star Pictures, a joint venture between Columbia Pictures, Home Box Office and CBS. After Columbia and Tri-Star's merger, forming the new corporate entity, Columbia Pictures Entertainment, Kaufman headed Columbia's film and TV operations until he left the company in 1989 when it was acquired by the Sony Corporation. In February 1992, Kaufman and his Tri-Star co-founder Lewis J. Korman formed a new distribution company, Savoy Pictures Entertainment (named after the Savoy Special--the baseball bat that Robert Redford uses to hit the winning home run in TriStar's first made-in-house feature "The Natural" 1984) to market and distribute independent features.

Wall Street lawyer who entered the motion picture industry as assistant general counsel of Columbia Pictures in 1974. Kaufman quickly rose to become vice chairman of Columbia, when the company was a subsidiary of the Coca-Cola Company, and in 1982 displayed his creative financing skills with his conception and founding of Tri-Star Pictures, a joint venture between Columbia Pictures, Home Box Office and CBS. After Columbia and Tri-Star's merger, forming the new corporate entity, Columbia Pictures Entertainment, Kaufman headed Columbia's film and TV operations until he left the company in 1989 when it was acquired by the Sony Corporation. In February 1992, Kaufman and his Tri-Star co-founder Lewis J. Korman formed a new distribution company, Savoy Pictures Entertainment (named after the Savoy Special--the baseball bat that Robert Redford uses to hit the winning home run in TriStar's first made-in-house feature "The Natural" 1984) to market and distribute independent features.

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CAST: (feature film)

1.
 Hitler (1962) Wagner
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 Stalag 17 (1953) German barrack sergeant
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 Anything Can Happen (1952) German immigrant
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 Illegal Entry (1949) Foreign man
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 A Foreign Affair (1948) Waiter
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 Arch of Triumph (1948) Rappaport
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 Escape Me Never (1947) Hotel clerk
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 Canyon Passage (1946)
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 Where Do We Go from Here? (1945) Dutchman
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