Samuel John Goldwyn Jr. (September 7, 1926 – January 9, 2015) was an American film producer.

Samuel Goldwyn Jr.
Samuel John Goldwyn Jr.

(1926-09-07)September 7, 1926
DiedJanuary 9, 2015(2015-01-09) (aged 88)
Cedars-Sinai Medical Center, Los Angeles, California, U.S.
Years active1948–2015
(m. 1950; div. 1968)
Peggy Elliott
(m. 1969; div. 2005)
Patricia Strawn
(m. 2010)
Children6, including Tony, John, and Liz Goldwyn
Parent(s)Frances Howard
Samuel Goldwyn

Early life Edit

Samuel Goldwyn Jr. was born on September 7, 1926, in Los Angeles, California, the son of actress Frances Howard (born Frances Howard McLaughlin; 1903–1976) and the pioneer motion picture mogul Samuel Goldwyn (1882–1974). He attended Fountain Valley School in Colorado Springs, Colorado and the University of Virginia.[1] He was raised Catholic like his mother, at her insistence.[2]

Career Edit

After serving in the United States Army during World War II, he worked as a theatrical producer in London and for Edward R. Murrow at CBS in New York.[3] He then followed in his father's footsteps and founded the motion picture production companies Formosa Productions, The Samuel Goldwyn Company and Samuel Goldwyn Films.[4]

In 1950 Goldwyn married actor Jennifer Howard (1925–1993), the daughter of prominent author and screenwriter Sidney Howard. The couple had four children including actor Tony Goldwyn and studio executive John Goldwyn. They divorced in 1968 and he married a second time to Peggy Elliot with whom he had two children, including Liz Goldwyn. His second marriage also ended in divorce. At the time of his death he was married to his third wife, Patricia Strawn.[3]

Death Edit

Goldwyn died of congestive heart failure on January 9, 2015, at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center in Los Angeles, California, at the age of 88.[5]

Partial filmography Edit

He was a producer in all films unless otherwise noted.

Film Edit

Year Film Credit Notes
1948 Good-Time Girl Associate producer
1955 Man with the Gun
1956 The Sharkfighters
1958 The Proud Rebel
1960 The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn
1964 The Young Lovers
1970 Cotton Comes to Harlem
1972 Come Back, Charleston Blue
1979 The Visitor Executive producer
1983 The Golden Seal
1985 Once Bitten Executive producer
1987 A Prayer for the Dying
Fatal Beauty Executive producer
1988 Mystic Pizza Executive producer
1990 Stella
1991 Rock-a-Doodle Executive producer
1993 The Program
1996 The Preacher's Wife
1997 Ovosodo Executive producer
1998 Viola Kisses Everybody Executive producer
2001 Tortilla Soup Executive producer
2003 Master and Commander: The Far Side of the World
2013 The Secret Life of Walter Mitty Final film as a producer
Miscellaneous crew
Year Film Role
1952 A Killer Walks Presenter: Original play
1955 Man with the Gun Presenter
1958 The Proud Rebel
As director
Year Film
1964 The Young Lovers
Year Film Role
1997 Welcome to Woop Woop Special thanks
2016 Who's Driving Doug The producers wish to thank

Television Edit

Year Title Credit Notes
1956 Sneak Preview
1967 Off to See the Wizard
1987 59th Academy Awards Television special
1988 60th Academy Awards Television special
April Morning Executive producer Television film
1996−97 Flipper Executive producer

References Edit

  1. ^ Maurer, David A. (May 4, 2014). "Yesteryears: UVa alumnus Samuel Goldwyn Jr. passed along sterling advice to alma mater". The Daily Progress. Retrieved May 5, 2018.
  2. ^ Goldstein, Patrick (October 2, 2001). "The Master Storyteller and the Truth He Chose Not to Tell". Los Angeles Times.
  3. ^ a b "Samuel Goldwyn Jr., Hollywood Scion, Dies at 88". The New York Times. January 9, 2015. Retrieved January 10, 2015.
  4. ^ Dagan, Carmel (January 9, 2015). "Samuel Goldwyn Jr. Dies at 88". Variety. Penske Media Corporation. Retrieved January 10, 2015.
  5. ^ "Samuel Goldwyn Jr Dead; Producer, Executive & Son Of Movie Mogul Was 88". January 9, 2015. Retrieved January 10, 2015.

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