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Born in Detroit, Michigan, USA

Mini Bio (1)

Gene Corman preceded his more-famous brother Roger in the film business, working as a motion picture agent. Beginning in 1956, he and Roger joined forces as producers to make such films as "Hot Car Girl", "Night of the Blood Beast", "Attack of the Giant Leeches" and "Beast from Haunted Cave" for distributors like AIP, Allied Artists and Roger's own Filmgroup. Gene returned to the exploitation field in the early '70s at MGM when he produced several blaxploitation features such as "Hit Man" and "The Slams" as well as the kinky "Private Parts". His more mainstream credits include "Tobruk, " "F.I.S.T." and "The Big Red One." He was for a time vice-president of 20th Century-Fox Television.

- IMDb Mini Biography By: Tom Weaver <TomWeavr@aol.com>

Spouse (1)

Nan (? - present)

Trivia (11)

Younger brother of legendary producer/director Roger Corman, father of Todd Corman, uncle of Catherine Corman.
Got his start in the business as the agent for director Allan Dwan.
Brother-in-law of producer Julie Corman.
Went to the same high school as Angelina Jolie, Michael Klesic, Nicolas Cage, David Schwimmer and Lenny Kravitz.
1948 graduate of Stanford University, with a AB in Social Science/Social Thought
He was a avid tennis player and was on the Stanford tennis team.
According to him, he had no plans to enter show business. He became interested in show business after reading magazine articles about a talent agent who spent most of his afternoons playing tennis at the Hollywood Country Club. He became an agent with MCA.
Interviewed in "Interviews with B Science Fiction and Horror Movie Makers: Writers, Producers, Directors, Actors, Moguls and Makeup" by Tom Weaver (McFarland 1988).
He won the Emmy Award for "A Woman Called Golda (1982)" starring Ingrid Bergman in 1982. Also in 1982, he won a Fellowship Award and the Christopher Award.
Grandfather of Wyatt Corman and Bayley Corman.
Father-in-law of Jennifer Runyon.

Personal Quotes (4)

[on being forced to shoot Tower of London (1962) in black and white] Never make a picture in black and white. "Tower of London" was as if we were making a silent film when everyone else was using sound.
[on veteran heavy Leo Gordon, with whom he worked on Tobruk (1967)] Leo was a very burly, tough fellow, but--his background belied his looks . . . he was a very witty, interesting conversationalist. In many ways, his appearance in those tough-guy roles probably worked to his disadvantage, because to have Leo walk into a story conference was somewhat intimidating! I remember on "Tobruk" [Gordon not only acted in but wrote the screenplay for the film] having [director] Arthur Hiller, who is really a very fey, gentle soul, taken aback when he met Leo--it took maybe two or three story conferences before he could come to grips with the size and bulk of Leo! The way he presented himself was intimidating.
[on The Intruder (1962)] "The Intruder" was a film that [brother Roger Corman] and I always wanted to make, and it violated some of our basic precepts. We got ourselves so caught up in "The Intruder" that it was the only film that he and I personally financed that lost money.
[on filming The Intruder (1962)] We were run out of Sikeston, Missouri, the Klan [Ku Klux Klan] came after us, they threatened us--Christ, I'd never gone through such an experience before in my life! And wearing glasses was no protection!

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