A noted producer with a temper, Samuel Goldwyn is a name that most people won't even realize they know. The "Goldwyn" in MGM, despite being booted before a merger created the noted film company, comes from The Goldwyn Co. which he founded with Edgar and Archibald Selwyn (the "wyn"(s) of Goldwyn) when his name was Samuel Goldfish (the "Gold" in Goldwyn).
His notable films include, but are not limited to:
The Best Years of Our Lives - won 7 Oscars including Best Picture.
Guys and Dolls - Nominated for 4 Oscars
Wuthering Heights - Won 1 Oscar (Best Cinematography, Black-and-White); Nominated for 7 others
The Bishop's Wife - Won 2 Oscar (Best Sound, Recording), Nominated for 4 others
The Secret Life of Walter Mitty - his son, Samuel Goldwyn, Jr. produced the 2013 re-make
The Princess and the Pirate - Nominated for 2 Oscars
The Pride of the Yankees - Won 1 Oscar (Best Film Editing), nominated for 10 others
Stella Dallas - Nominated for 2 Oscars
and it all started with his first film, Polly of the Circus in 1917.
Note that these are just a small sampling of his notable films and not even a full representation of his Oscar-nominated / winning films.
He was awarded the Irving G Thalberg Memorial [Academy] Award twice - once in 1939 and again in 1947. He received the Jean Hersholt Humanitarian [Academy] Award in 1956.
He was the father of noted producer Samuel Goldwyn, Jr. and the grandfather of noted actor and producer, Tony Goldwyn.Mr. Goldwyn was awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom in 1971 by President Richard Nixon.
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