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Overview (3)

Born in Flushing, Queens, New York City, New York, USA
Nicknames Harvey Scissorhands
The Punisher.
Height 6' (1.83 m)

Mini Bio (1)

Harvey Weinstein was born on March 19, 1952 in Flushing, Queens, New York City, New York, USA. He is a film producer, known for Pulp Fiction (1994), Shakespeare in Love (1998) and Gangs of New York (2002). He is now separated from his wife Georgina Chapman and was previously married to Eve Chilton Weinstein.

- IMDb Mini Biography By: Anonymous

Spouse (2)

Georgina Chapman (15 December 2007 - 2017) (separated) (2 children)
Eve Chilton Weinstein (21 November 1987 - 21 February 2004) (divorced) (3 children)

Trivia (32)

His is the older brother of Bob Weinstein.
He is the co-founder, with Bob Weinstein, of Miramax Films.
He named his company Miramax after his mother, Miriam, and his father, Max.
He is the son of Miriam Weinstein and Max Weinstein.
At six feet tall, he has weighed over 300 pounds for several years.
He is a member of the Democratic Party and financially supported candidates, including Hillary Clinton.
He had a heart attack in August 2000.
He is an alumnus of the State University of New York at Buffalo.
His father, Max Weinstein, died from a heart attack at age 52.
He started The Weinstein Company with brother Bob Weinstein.
He expressed interest in producing a remake of the movie C.H.U.D. (1984).
He was made a Fellow of the British Film Institute in recognition of his outstanding contribution to film culture. It was removed in October 2017 following accusations of sexual misconduct made against him by many women.
His daughter, India Pearl Weinstein, born 29 August 2010 in New York City, with wife, Georgina Chapman.
He named his favorite films as They Were Expendable (1945), How Green Was My Valley (1941), City Lights (1931), His Girl Friday (1940), Two for the Road (1967) and And Now My Love (1974).
He was awarded the French Legion of Honor on March 7, 2012 for his services and contributions to the film industry.
He was awarded the honorary CBE (Commander of the Order of the British Empire) in the 2004 Queen's Honours List for his services to the film industry.
In 2012, he was listed as one of Time Magazine's "100 Most Influential People in the World".
He and wife Georgina Chapman welcomed a baby boy, their second child, Dashiell Max Robert Weinstein, on April 11, 2013.
He has three daughters, Lily Weinstein (born February 20, 1995), Emma Weinstein (born February 2, 1998) and Ruth Weinstein (born October 31, 2002), with first wife Eve Chilton.
A huge supporter of homosexuality, he publicly supported efforts to have pardoned the men who were prosecuted under the sodomy laws that existed in the UK and USA in recent history, which included a petition which was also supported by Benedict Cumberbatch.
As of 2017, he was involved with the production of 20 films that were nominated for the Best Picture Oscar: Pulp Fiction (1994), The English Patient (1996), Good Will Hunting (1997), Shakespeare in Love (1998), The Cider House Rules (1999), Chocolat (2000), The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring (2001), Chicago (2002), Gangs of New York (2002), The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers (2002), The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King (2003), Master and Commander: The Far Side of the World (2003), The Aviator (2004), The Reader (2008), Inglourious Basterds (2009), The Fighter (2010), The King's Speech (2010), Silver Linings Playbook (2012), Django Unchained (2012) and Lion (2016). Of those, The English Patient (1996), Shakespeare in Love (1998), Chicago (2002), The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King (2003) and The King's Speech (2010) are winners in the category.
The character Harvey in Steven Soderbergh's Hollywood satire Full Frontal (2002) is clearly based on Harvey Weinstein, who was also an executive producer on the film. Played by Jeff Garlin, the character is over-weight and drinks a lot of diet coke, just like Weinstein in real-life. Another character in the movie is a film producer, who gets sexually aroused by massages, which might have been an insider reference to Weinstein, too.
He was fired from The Weinstein Company on October 2017 following several allegations of his sexual misconduct that broke out in The New York Times early that same month.
Meryl Streep once called him "God".
The "Joozians" characters from South Park (1997) were based on Harvey and his brother Bob Weinstein. The characters appear on "Cancelled", season 7, episode 1.
According to Time magazine, Harvey Weinstein's net worth has been estimated to be between $240 million and $300 million dollars. [2017].
On October 14th 2017, The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences expelled Harvey Weinstein from its ranks. On that day The Academy's 54-member board of governors held an emergency meeting at the organization's Beverly Hills headquarters and voted to strip away Weinstein's lifetime membership. Following the meeting, the Academy issued a statement saying the board had voted "to immediately expel him from the Academy. We do so not simply to separate ourselves from someone who does not merit the respect of his colleagues but also to send a message that the era of willful ignorance and shameful complicity in sexually predatory behavior and workplace harassment in our industry is over.".
On October 18, 2017, Harvard University announced they will rescind Weinstein's W.E.B. Du Bois medal, following a unanimous vote the previous night. "We have voted unanimously to rescind the Du Bois Medal awarded to Mr. Weinstein in 2014. We stand with the women who have courageously come forward to fight for themselves and indeed for all of those who have experienced similar abuse," the group said in a statement to the Harvard Crimson.
On October 16, 2017, the national board of directors of the Producers Guild of America voted unanimously to expel Weinstein. The vote came two days after the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences also voted to expel Weinstein.
In October 2017, BAFTA (the British Academy of Film and Television Arts) joined the chorus of disapproval against Weinstein's alleged behavior by suspending his membership.
In October 2017, Tom Hanks told the BBC that Weinstein's name will become "a noun and a verb. It will become an identifying moniker for a state of being for which there was a before and an after".
He stopped the casting of Robert Lindsay in Shakespeare in Love (1998) due to a confrontation between the two men over Weinstein's behavior on Strike It Rich (1990). Lindsay described Weinstein as a "monster".

Personal Quotes (22)

We have 65 BAFTAs, 75 Oscars, $2 billion in assets and hundreds of millions in profits. And, still, Michael Eisner won't renew my contract.
All sophisticated investors understand that theatrical release [prints and advertising costs] have to be written off in the quarter you spend it and you realize revenue from home video and television in the next quarter.
Most of the executives who left Disney; Meg Whitman, Steve Burke, Joe Roth, Jeffrey Katzenberg; have all gone on to create wealth for themselves. Hopefully, Bob and I will follow in that tradition.
A man can dream is all I can say.
Having kids has made me much more mature. The anger is gone. There's a sweetness there.
[on Mel Gibson] I know Mel, and he's basically a good guy. The Passion of the Christ (2004) is very tough on Jews, and I didn't hold back from telling him so - but he says I'm wrong about that. Before producing a film for Mel, I would have a very serious discussion with him, so that I could be absolutely certain that he has really changed. If someone is against blacks, Jews or Arabs, even if their hands were filled with gold, I would, in principle, never work with them.
The secret of making movies is having the strongest possible script.
[on his support for petitions to have homosexual men pardoned for sodomy in the United Kingdom, although he incorrectly stated sodomy laws only went back 60 years when they actually go back to the Buggery Act of 1533 under Henry VIII and he stated it was decriminalized in the Seventies when it was actually 1967] Stephen Fry and Benedict Cumberbatch have asked for petitions to get 49,000 men who were arrested just for their sexual preference, no other reason, and while Alan Turing was pardoned by the Queen in 2013 there's been a law on the books here [the UK] for 60 years that got repealed in the Seventies, so Matt Damon, Harry Styles, Defense Secretary Robert Gates, Julian Fellowes, just so many people have signed this petition which will be presented to Her Majesty's government as well as the Royal Family in an effort to pardon these 49,000 people who were jailed for no other reason. Big injustice, so you see the Pride (2014) thing and then you see The Imitation Game (2014), it doesn't seem to have quite gone away, not as simple as that.
One of my favorite films that I ever distributed is Paul Thomas Anderson's The Master (2012). Believe me, it'll live in history long after most celluloid fades. When you watch it and then watch something like John Huston's documentary Let There Be Light (1946), the subtext of "The Master" is understanding an entire generation's need - especially World War II veterans - to find some sort of peace from the horrors of war. Some people decided to lead normal lives, some drank, and some found deep religion. In the case of "The Master", they turned to a cult to heal pain. It's more complicated than that of course, but I bring it up because it's a daring and fantastic movie that people frequently remark about when they see me. And that movie got an 'F' Cinemascore - so what? Apparently so did Mother! (2017). "Mother!" is another one of these movies that will live forever. [Sept. 2017]
I also have the worst temper known to mankind, my system is all wrong, and sometimes I create too much tension. I lose it, and I am emotional, that's why I've got to spend more time with a therapist and go away. My temper makes people feel intimidated, but I don't even know when I'm doing it. In the past I used to compliment people, and some took it as me being sexual, I won't do that again. I admit to a whole way of behavior that is not good. I can't talk specifics, but I put myself in positions that were stupid, I want to respect women and do things better. [Oct. 2017]
[on his wife Georgina Chapman after the scandal broke] She stands 100 percent behind me. Georgina and I have talked about this at length. We went out with [lawyer] Lisa Bloom last night when we knew the article was coming out. Georgina will be with Lisa and others kicking my ass to be a better human being and to apologize to people for my bad behavior, to say I'm sorry, and to absolutely mean it. [comment: Lawyer Lisa Bloom resigned one day later; his wife Georgina left him less than a week later] [Oct. 2017]
I have had tough conversations with my family, really tough ones but my family is standing with me. I have a journey and I have to prove to every person that's out there that I'm worthy of them and I have to prove to my family the same thing. [Oct. 2017]
[on re-editing his foreign features for the American market] I'm not cutting for fun. I'm cutting for the shit to work. All my life I served one master: the film. I love movies. [2005]
I am going to fix myself, I am going to fix how I deal with women and how I deal with my temper and power. [Oct. 2017]
You'll get 15 people to say I'm a genius and 15 people to say I'm an asshole.
I think it's an amazing experience watching a movie with an audience... the laughter, inappropriate beats, the groaning, everything you can sense and feel. Irving Thalberg used to take movies out to Santa Barbara and test movies and have people fill out cards. Four hundred strangers in the dark are a lot more honest than your friends who are always telling you how great it is. [2001]
Martin Scorsese says never to use irony in interviews,.. [2001]
[on Hollywood] It's good that I'm the fucking sheriff of this fucking lawless piece of shit fucking town. [from: Peter Biskind, "Down and Dirty Pictures: Miramax, Sundance, and the Rise of Independent Film", 2004]
[to TMZ before flying on a private jet to an Arizona treatment facility] I gotta get help, guys. [Oct. 2017]
I appreciate the way I've behaved with colleagues in the past has caused a lot of pain, and I sincerely apologise for it. My journey now will be to learn about myself and conquer my demons... I so respect all women and regret what happened.
[on changing the Oscar game by starting to send out limited-release independent features via videotape to Academy members] It used to be, 'We didn't watch the movie' and you'd have to see the movie in a theater... We changed that with My Left Foot (1989). [won Best Actor for Daniel Day-Lewis and a Best Picture nomination]
Hollywood has the best moral compass, because it has compassion. [2009]

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