|Intro||American film producer and businessman|
|Was||Film producer Businessperson|
|From||United States of America|
|Field||Business Film, TV, Stage & Radio|
|Birth||14 June 1904, Los Angeles, Los Angeles County, California, U.S.A.|
|Death||14 December 1979, Orange, Orange County, California, U.S.A. (aged 75 years)|
Milton H. Bren (June 14, 1904 – December 14, 1979) was a Hollywood movie producer and real estate developer.
Bren was born in Los Angeles in 1904 to a Jewish family, the son of Sadie (née Simon) and Harry Bren. He first worked as a talent agent. In 1937, he accepted a job at Hal Roach Studios as an associate producer where he produced the film Topper, the studio's first feature film, which was wildly successful. In 1938, he was elevated to producer. In March 1939, he accepted a job at Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer as a producer eventually becoming an Executive Vice President.
He later served in the United States Navy during World War II as a lieutenant commander.
Milton Bren later became a real estate developer known for developing part of Sunset Strip.
- Topper (1937) - associate producer
- Merrily We Live (1938) - producer
- Swiss Miss (1938) - production supervisor (uncredited)
- There Goes My Heart (1938) - producer
- Topper Takes a Trip (1938) - producer
- Remember? (1939) - producer
- Wyoming (1940) - producer
- Free and Easy (1941) - producer (uncredited)
- Barnacle Bill (1941) - producer
- Borderline (1950) - producer and presenter
- Three for Bedroom "C" (1952) - Writer and director
In 1930, at age 27, Bren married 18-year-old Marion Newbert who was of partial Irish descent. They divorced in 1948. (Marion Newbert remarried in 1953 to steel business man Earle M. Jorgensen and became a prominent philanthropist.) They had two sons: Donald, who became chairman of the Irvine Company in Newport Beach, California, and Peter, a senior partner with KBS Investors in New York City.
In 1948, Bren remarried, to Academy Award-winning actress Claire Trevor; they remained married until his death. Bren's grandson, Steve, is a former Grand Prix racing champion.
Milton Bren died on December 14, 1979, aged 75, in Orange, California from a brain tumor.