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Overview (4)

Born in London, Ontario, Canada
Died in Los Angeles, California, USA  (pulmonary edema and a heart inflammation)
Birth NameJacob Leonard Warner
Nickname Mr. Warner

Mini Bio (1)

With his brothers Harry M. Warner, Albert Warner, and Sam Warner, he founded Warner Bros. Pictures Inc. in 1923. They released the first motion picture with synchronized sound, The Jazz Singer (1927) with Al Jolson. In the 1930s they gave employment to a parade of stars, including Bette Davis, Errol Flynn and Paul Muni, as well as James Cagney, Edward G. Robinson, and a man whose star would eventually rise in the 1940s, Humphrey Bogart. Decades later, the firm's successor, Warner Communications Inc., merged with Time Inc. to become Time Warner Inc., the world's largest media and entertainment company.

- IMDb Mini Biography By: Bill Takacs <kinephile@aol.com>

Spouse (2)

Anne Boyar (10 January 1936 - 9 September 1978) ( his death) ( 1 child)
Irma Solomon (15 October 1914 - 3 January 1935) ( divorced) ( 1 child)

Trivia (26)

One of the 36 founders of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences (AMPAS)
At the 16th Academy Awards ceremony, when Casablanca (1942) was named Best Picture, Hal B. Wallis, the film's producer, was on his way to the stage to accept the Oscar when Jack cut him off and accepted on behalf of the studio. At the time, the Oscar for Best Picture customarily went to the studio. But, Jack's public rudeness had two consequences: first, Wallis resigned from Warner Brothers in protest; second, producers began exerting more power with the Academy. Within eight years, starting with An American in Paris (1951), the Oscar for Best Picture would go to the film's producer(s) instead of the studio.
The youngest of 12 children.
Co-founder of Warner Brothers Pictures, Inc., along with brothers Harry M. Warner (the company's president), Sam Warner (the CEO) and Albert Warner (the treasurer). Was the studio's executive in charge of production until 1957 when he sold the studio to Seven Arts. One day later they sold it back to him leaving Harry and Albert out of the company then making him President. As far as I know the brothers never spoke to him again.
In 1903, his father bought a nickelodeon in New Castle, Pennsylvania. Jack was a boy soprano who sang between films. He went on a singing tour of vaudeville theaters in the Mid-Atlantic States, but returned home when his brothers decided to go into movie production.
Father of producer Jack Warner Jr.
Stepfather of Joy Page
The "L" in his adopted name stood for "Leonard."
Was fraternity brothers with Sam Morse (Samuel Morse), grandfather of Shane Stanley.
He was a staunch conservative Republican and an active supporter of the Hollywood blacklist. He personally testified as a friendly witness before the House Unamerican Activities Committee (HUAC) in 1947, naming twelve screenwriters as Communist sympathizers (all were subsequently blacklisted).
Tried to block the production of Bonnie and Clyde (1967), a film he hated, until he saw the long lines of people waiting to see it. Then he said: "Now I like it".
In the 1960s he was a fierce critic of opponents of the Vietnam War.
Actively campaigned for Richard Nixon in the 1960 presidential election, even buying full-page ads in major newspapers entitled, "Why Nixon Should be President".
By the end of 1973, those closest to Warner became aware of signs that he was becoming disoriented. Shortly after losing his way in the building that housed his own office, Warner retired. In 1974, the former studio chief suffered a stroke that left him blind and enfeebled. During the next several years, he gradually lost the ability to speak and became unresponsive to friends and relatives.
Left an estate worth $15 million.
Narrowly escaped death in a car crash on 5 August 1958.
Removed the song "Cool Considerate Man" from the musical 1776 (1972) on the suggestion of his close friend President Richard Nixon, who felt it could be used as anti-Republican propaganda in an election year.
His second wife was actress Ann Boyar (1908-1990), aka Ann Page or Ann Paige. She was the daughter of Russian Jewish immigrants. Actress Joy Page was his stepdaughter.
He and second wife Ann Boyar had a daughter, Barbara Warner.
Although a lifelong Republican, he made films supporting President Franklin D. Roosevelt and the New Deal during the 1930s.
President of Al St. John Comedies, a production company formed to make films for comedian Al St. John.
Produced The Green Berets (1968) as he strongly believed in the Vietnam War.
Father: Benjamin Warner (née Wonsal); Mother: Pearl Leah Eichelbaum.
Jack L. Warner was a visionary in 1940, who had the authority to be totally inspired to bring the entire Frenchman's founding director Rene Blum's Parisian based "Ballet Russe de Monte Carlo" ensemble dance troupe from their New York City temporary company based headquartered location to his California Burbank Studio after the ballet company's impresario Sol Hurok's American and South American international 1938-1939/40 tour had concluded. Jack Warner had seen the Rene Blum dance company's live performances in Los Angeles' Shrine Auditorium during the impresario Sol Hurok's Rene Blum produced "The Ballet Russe de Monte Carlo" sponsored American and South American Tour. Jack Warner's determined sponsorship for presenting filmed stage theatricals as part of his prestigious film catalogue causing his impetus to produce two "WB feature-film shorts" using the ballet company's featured international Russian and French principal soloists and ensemble. Jack L. Warner demanded - new "film costumes" for his two "film shorts" - replacing all the original ballet company's worn and shabby tour costume wardrobe, originally designed and built by Madam Barbara Karinska in either her Paris, London, and New York City costume shops. The Ballet Company's wardrobe trunks had been delivered to Warner Brothers' Burbank film studio prior to the Ballet Russe Dance Company's personnel and management arrival at the film studio. The Warner Brothers' costume-wardrobe department meticulously copied every costume for the two short featurettes. The dance company's original ballet costumes were supervised and maintained by Barbara Karinska, who had toured with the ballet company's whirl-wind American and South American International Tour as the company's wardrobe mistress. Although Tamara Tormanova had been featured in the company's tour repertoire in "the glove role", she did not perform the role in this "Gay Parisian" film short. Tormanova performed in the Warner's second feature film short "Spanish Fiesta". Both film shorts were filmed in 1941, with the studio releasing "Gay Parisian" first in January, 1942, and the second short "Spanish Fiesta" in March, 1942.
Executive producer for two Oscar Best Picture winners: The Life of Emile Zola (1937) and Casablanca (1942), and 10 other nominees: Here Comes the Navy (1934), A Midsummer Night's Dream (1935), Captain Blood (1935), The Story of Louis Pasteur (1936), Anthony Adverse (1936), The Adventures of Robin Hood (1938), Yankee Doodle Dandy (1942), Watch on the Rhine (1943), Mildred Pierce (1945) and The Treasure of the Sierra Madre (1948).

Personal Quotes (9)

[to an assistant on being introduced to Madame Chiang, the wife of Chinese president Kai-Shek Chiang] That reminds me, I need to pick up my laundry.
[to Albert Einstein] I have a theory of relativity, too. I never hire them.
If it's anything I can't stand it's yes-men. When I say no, I want you to say no, too.
[on criticism of the dubbing of My Fair Lady (1964)] I don't know what all the fuss is about. We've been doing it for years. We even dubbed Rin Tin Tin.
[about actor Paul Muni, who had a tendency to wear such heavy makeup that Warner feared the public couldn't recognize him from movie to movie] Why are we paying him so much money when we can't find him?
[on Errol Flynn] You know Flynn, he's either got to be fighting or fucking.
I don't want it good. I want it Tuesday.
[on the suggestion that Warners should film the novel "Dark Victory"] Who wants to see some dame go blind and die?
[told that Ronald Reagan was running for governor of California] No, Bob Cummings for governor, Ronald Reagan as his best friend.

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