Foregoers

Michael Curtiz

(Manó Kertész Kaminer, 1898 – 1962) Oscar Winning Director of “Casablanca” He began acting in and then directing films in his native Hungary in 1912. Moving to the US in 1926, he started making films in Hollywood for Warner Bros. His films Casablanca (1942) and Mildred Pierce (1945) are considered to be film classics. Other credits […]

Tony Curtis

(Bernard Schwartz, 1925 – 2010) Actor and Artist He started his career at the movies in 1949. Tony has been called by critics, “The World’s Favorite Movie Actor.” Star of 106 films, including “The Defiant Ones,” in 1958 (Oscar Nomination!), “Some Like it Hot” with Marilyn Monroe in 1959, “Spartacus,”. He also played the title role […]

Béla Lugósi

(Dezso Blasko, 1882 – 1956) Actor – The Original Dracula! His first American film was 1923’s The Silent Command, a suspenseful spy movie in which Bela played the bad guy. He officially became a US citizen on June 26, 1931. He took on the role of Count Dracula in Horace Liveright’s play in place of actor […]

Miklós Rózsa

(1907 – 1995) Triple Oscar Winning Film Composer A born musician, Rózsa began studying the violin at age five and became steeped in the folk music of his native land, an influence that could be detected in much of his later work. He began scoring films for fellow Hungarian Alexander Korda in England in the 1930s […]

William Fox

(Vilmos Fried, 1879 – 1952) Producer, Founder of Fox Studios Fox Film Corporation was one of the most powerful and creative studios of the silent era. At the peak of his power, Fox owned over 500 movie houses in the US (he bought control of the giant Loew’s, Inc.) and the Gaumont Theatres chain in Great […]

George Cukor

(1899 -1983) Double Oscar Winning Director Best known in his earlier days as the man who brought many classic novels to the screen, George Cukor’s 50-plus year directing career later expanded to include thrillers, screwball romantic comedies, and even musicals. He received five Best Director nominations over the course of his career and Oscars for “Wizard […]

Andrew Vajna

(1944 – 2019) Producer, Hollywood Legend Fled Soviet troops and left Hungary in 1956. During a career that spanned the globe, he has been one of the most important producers in Hollywood for the past 20 years.Vajna is the president of Cinergi Productions, co-Founder of Carolco Pictures (Rambo, Total Recall, Terminator, Color of the Night, Judge […]

Joseph Pulitzer

(1847-1911) Publisher He was a veteran of the Civil War and a member of the 1st New York Cavalry Regiment which he joined almost immediately upon his arrival in the US. Then he went west and became a reporter. Pulitzer was the first to call for the training of journalists at the university level in a […]

Adolph Zukor

(1873 – 1976) “Mr. Motion Pictures” and Oscar Winner Producer and Founder of the Paramount Pictures Empire and Loew’s Theatres. Produced the first full-length motion picture, The Prisoner of Zenda. Received a special Academy Award in 1948 for his “contribution to the industry.” In 1903 teamed with Marcus Loew to open the first of a […]

Ernő Rubik

Ern? Rubik (Hungarian: [?rubik ??rnø?]; born 13 July 1944) is a Hungarian inventor, architect and professor of architecture. He is best known for the invention of mechanical puzzles including Rubik’s Cube (1974), Rubik’s Magic, Rubik’s Magic: Master Edition, Rubik’s Snake.

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