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Harold Hecht (1907–1985)

Hecht won the Academy Award for Best Picture ("Marty") in 1956 and produced the box office hits "Vera Cruz" and "Trapeze," the cult classic "Sweet Smell of Success," the award-winning "Separate Tables" and "Birdman of Alcatraz" and the wildly popular Western comedy, "Cat Ballou". He was a member of the Academy of Motion Pictures Arts and Sciences ... See full bio »

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Won 1 Oscar. Another 1 nomination. See more awards »

Known For

Marty Producer
Cat Ballou
Cat Ballou Producer
Sweet Smell of Success
Birdman of Alcatraz


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 1972 Ulzana's Raid (producer - uncredited)
 1967 The Way West (producer)
 1965 Cat Ballou (producer)
 1964 Wild and Wonderful (producer)
 1964 Flight from Ashiya (producer)
 1962 Taras Bulba (producer)
 1962 Birdman of Alcatraz (executive producer - uncredited)
 1961 The Young Savages (executive producer)
 1960 The Unforgiven (presents - as Hecht Hill and Lancaster)
 1959 The Devil's Disciple (producer)
 1958 Separate Tables (producer)
 1958 Run Silent Run Deep (producer)
 1957 Sweet Smell of Success (executive producer - uncredited)
 1957 The Bachelor Party (producer)
 1956 Trapeze (producer - uncredited)
 1955 The Kentuckian (producer)
 1955 Marty (producer)
 1954 Vera Cruz (co-producer - uncredited)
 1954 Apache (producer)
 1954 His Majesty O'Keefe (producer)
 1952 The Crimson Pirate (producer - uncredited)
 1952 The First Time (producer)
 1951 Ten Tall Men (producer)
 1950 The Flame and the Arrow (producer)
 1948 Kiss the Blood Off My Hands (executive producer)
Show Show Miscellaneous Crew (11 credits)
Show Show Director (1 credit)
Show Show Self (2 credits)

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Other Works:

Stage Play: Much Ado About Nothing. Comedy. Written by William Shakespeare. Directed by Richard Boleslawski. American Laboratory: 18 Nov 1927- Dec 1927 (closing date unknown/22 performances). Cast: Grover Burgess (as "Balthasar, a singer"), Francis Burk (as "Claudio, a young lord of Florence"), Greely Curtis (as "Sexton"), Lester Ford (as ... See more »

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Alternate Names:

Hecht | Hecht Hill and Lancaster

Did You Know?


Stories are told that when the unknown Burt Lancaster agreed to come to Hollywood as Hecht's client, Hecht boldly said, "Come with me and within five years, we'll be making our own pictures." The actual timeline was 19 months.

Hecht's Oscar speech was memorable: "It's very fortunate to live in a country where any man, no matter how humble his origins, can become president, and to be part of an ... See more »

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