Phillip Epstein - Top Hollywood screenwriter and twin brother of his collaborator, Julius Epstein. Together they wrote (among others) such good films as "Mr. Skeffington", "Arsenic and Old Lace", and "Four Wives". The Epstein Bros. shared the Oscar with Howard Koch for "Casablanca". Phillips son is the well-known novelist and essayist Leslie Epstein.
Quinn Martin - Well, this is surprise. But we have very good information that this famous producer of action television programs was Jewish and his birth name was Marty Cohen. Martin was the executive producer of such hits as "The Fugitive", "Cannon", "The FBI", and "The Streets of San Francisco". He invented the technique of having a cliffhanger ending with a quick cut to a commercial.
Rod Serling - Playwright, television writer, and producer, "Requiem For a Heavyweight" and, of course, "The Twilight Zone". He was the winner of six Emmy awards, three of which were awarded before "Twilight Zone". Many of the military-oriented "Twilight Zone" episodes are based on Serlings experience as a highly decorated WWII paratrooper. In a truely "Twilight Zone" episode, he shot and killed a Japanese soldier who was standing on third base in a Phillipine baseball stadium.
Roger Corman - Producer and director of almost legendary status. In the 50s and 60s, Corman directed many classic low budget horror or action films, incl. "Little Shop of Horrors" and the Vincent Price films taken from the works of Poe. He also gave talented actors and up and coming directors their start in the business. Among others: Scorcese; Jonathan Demme; Francis Coppola. Since 1971, he has limited himself to producing. Father, Jewish. Mother, not. Not raised Jewish.
Sam Spiegel - Producer of good taste. Spiegel produced a limited number of films, but three times won the Oscar as the producer of the best picture ("Lawrence of Arabia", "On the Waterfront", and "Bridge on the River Kwai"). Also produced "The African Queen" and "The Last Tycoon". He established a school of television and film production in Jerusalem. His brother, Shalom Spiegel, was an expert in medieval Jewish poetry at the Jewish Theological Seminary. The brothers both died, in their mid-80s, in the early 1990s. In 1998, Sams estate gave a million dollars to the Seminary to establish the Spiegel Institute for the study of medieval Jewish poetry.
co-founder of Warner Brothers Studios
Romanian born producer of multinational historical spectacles such as " El Cid ", " The Fall of the Roman Empire " and " 55 Days at Peking "
A founder, but not long with MGM. Born Sam Goldfish. Producer of good taste. Famous for fractured English Goldwynisms- "An oral contract is not worth the paper it is written on".
Founder of American International Pictures ( later Orion )
Movie Producer and composer. Real name Sol Kaplan
Producer of TV series "Whats Happening" and "Sanford and Son". Father of Director Jon Turteltaub.
Oscar winning producer of "The English Patient". Also founder of Fantasy Records.
Producer of Bringing Out the Dead, South Park: Bigger Badder, and Uncut, and A Civil Action.
Head of Paramount. Listed as one of the most powerful women in the world in several surveys.
Producer and creator of such memorable pieces of fluff as "Gilligans Island" and "The Brady Bunch". Schwartz said that his rabbi asked him why the shows couldnt have been "Goldsteins Island" and "The Bernstein Brunch". Schwartz said he didnt think they would have been as popular with these names.
Producer of "The Andy Griffith Show", "Sanford and Son", "Gomer Pyle, U.S.M.C.". Aaron is fluent in Yiddish and Carl Reiner relates that Ruben would translate Yiddish proverbs and sayings into English and work them into Andys dialogue. So, those Southern pearls of wisdom that Sheriff Andy let fall were often translated Yiddish folk wisdom sayings.
Screenwriter and television series creator. Writer of "A Few Good Men" (from his play), "The American President". Creator of "The West Wing" and "Sports Night".
Famous TV producer (Beverly Hills 90210 et.al.). Father of actor Randy Spelling and actress Tori Spelling.
Producer and writer, most famous as creator of "Kojak".
founder of Seymore Inc, producer of Seymore Butts videos
Screenwriter of the suprisingly successful teenage comedy "American Pie". Herz was 26 when he wrote the film and says he cashed out his bar mitzvah bonds to help finance the film. The screenplay was originally entitled "Untitled Sex Comedy Which Can Be Made for Under $10 Million That Studio Readers Will Most Likely Hate But I Think You Will Love."
Legendary founder of Paramount Pictures. Was born in Austria-Hungary and went from the penny arcades to founding Paramount. He stayed on as honorary chairman until his death in 1976, aged 103.
Producer and studio executive. "Braveheart", others. Correction: He is not Jewish at all. His half-brother, David Ladd, is half-Jewish.
Top comedy writer who has won five Emmys, many other awards. He was a writer for Sat. Nite Live during its best years--co-creator, w/Gilda Radner, of "Emily Litella" and Rosanne Rosannadana". Co-creator of "Its Gary Shandlings Show".
Screenwriter and playwright. "Gypsy", "The Turning Point" (with Herbert Ross); book for "West Side Story";"The Way We Were"; others.