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Also Known As: Died: September 13, 1991
Born: September 19, 1901 Cause of Death: Parkinson's disease
Birth Place: Hungary Profession: Producer ...
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1921:
Emigrated to USA; first worked in a factory, punching holes in leather belts
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Began studio career as a busboy at Paramount's Astoria studio in Queens, NY; worked his way up to waiter, actor and fourth assistant director
1923:
Became a second assistant director at Paramount
1926:
Joined Universal in Hollywood; wrote and directed first two-reel comedy with El Brendel, "Help Yourself" which helped him advance to asssistant director
1928:
Appointed manager of Universal's operations in Berlin and as an associate producer (under European production supervisor Paul Kohner) earned $1,500 per week
1929:
First film, "Das Schweigen im Walde" (made in Germany)
1933:
Fled Germany (later family members died in concentration camps)
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Made films in Vienna and Budapest
1936:
Called back to the USA in the mid-1930s when Universal faced bankruptcy
1937:
Helped save the studio with his first US production, the Deana Durbin hit musical, "Three Smart Girls"
1941:
Moved to MGM where he stayed for the remainer of his career
1964:
Produced three Oscar telecasts
1968:
Produced last film, "The Sweet Ride"
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Career ended by Parkinson's disease in the late 1960s

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