Sam Zimbalist: American film producer (1904 - 1958)
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Sam Zimbalist
American film producer

Sam Zimbalist

Sam Zimbalist
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Intro American film producer
Was Film producer
From United States of America
Field Film, TV, Stage & Radio
Gender male
Birth 31 March 1904, New York City, New York, U.S.A.
Death 4 November 1958, Rome, Province of Rome, Lazio, Italy (aged 54 years)
Star sign Aries
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Sam Zimbalist (March 31, 1904 – November 4, 1958) was an American film producer.

Early life

Born to a Jewish family, he began his career at 16 as a film cutter at Metro Studios. He remained with Metro when the studio merged with Goldwyn Pictures and with Mayer Pictures in 1924 to become Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer. Among the films he edited at MGM was Lon Chaney's While the City Sleeps (1928).

Film producer

He was promoted to assistant producer in 1929 and full producer in 1936. He produced the films King Solomon's Mines (1950) and Quo Vadis (1951), both of which received Academy Award nominations for Best Picture. He also was the producer for the 1944 film Thirty Seconds Over Tokyo, the story of the Doolittle Raiders.


Zimbalist died suddenly of a heart attack In Italy, while working on MGM's most elaborate production until that time, the 1959 epic Ben-Hur. He was buried at the Hillside Memorial Park in Culver City, California. He received a posthumous Oscar for the film, and remains the only person to ever posthumously receive a Best Picture award. His Oscar was accepted by his wife Mary Zimbalist, who made a speech in honor of her late husband.

Personal life

He married to Margaret C. Donovan in 1924. They divorced in 1950. Zimbalist then married Mary Taylor, a former fashion model and actress, in 1952.

Selected filmography

  • The Unchastened Woman (1925) (*editor)
  • Married Before Breakfast (1937)
  • London by Night (1937)
  • Navy Blue and Gold (1937)
  • Paradise for Three (1938)
  • The Crowd Roars (1938)
  • Tarzan Finds a Son (1939)
  • Lady of the Tropics (1939)
  • These Glamour Girls (1939)
  • Boom Town (1940)
  • Tortilla Flat (1940)
  • 30 Seconds Over Tokyo (1944)
  • Adventure (1945)
  • Killer McCoy (1947)
  • Side Street (1949)
  • King Solomon's Mines (1950)
  • Too Young to Kiss (1951)
  • Quo Vadis? (1951)
  • Mogambo (1953)
  • Beau Brummell (1954)
  • Tribute to a Bad Man (1956)
  • The Catered Affair (1956)
  • The Barretts of Wimpole Street (1957)
  • I Accuse! (1959)
  • Ben Hur (1959)
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