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Date Of BirthSeptember 7, 1926
DiedJanuary 9, 2015, Los Angeles, California, United States
SpousePeggy Elliott, Jennifer Howard
FactHe produced The Secret Life of Walter Mitty (2013) while his father Samuel Goldwyn produced The Secret Life of Walter Mitty (1947).

Samuel Goldwyn Jr. was born on August 12, 1926, in Los Angeles, California, the only child of Hollywood mogul Samuel Goldwyn and his wife, Frances. His parents divorced when he was four, and he was raised by his mother and her second husband, George Marshall. Goldwyn Jr. attended Stanford University, where he majored in English and edited the student newspaper. He left Stanford in his junior year to join the U.S. Army Air Forces, serving as a navigator during World War II.

After the war, Goldwyn Jr. returned to Hollywood and began working for his father’s studio, Goldwyn Pictures. He eventually became the studio’s vice president in charge of production. In 1955, Goldwyn Pictures was absorbed into Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer (MGM), and Goldwyn Jr. became an MGM executive. He left MGM in 1959 to form his own production company, Samuel Goldwyn Productions.

Goldwyn Jr. produced a number of successful films, including “The Devil’s Brigade” (1968), “The Liberation of L.B. Jones” (1970), and “The Sunshine Boys” (1975). He also served as the president of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences from 1967 to 1970. In 1984, Goldwyn Jr. was presented with the Irving G. Thalberg Memorial Award by the Academy.

Goldwyn Jr. married actress Jennifer Howard in 1950. The couple had three children: Tony, John, and Catherine. They divorced in 1968. Goldwyn Jr. married actress Peggy Lee in 1969. The couple had one child, Christopher, before divorcing in 1981. Goldwyn Jr.’s third wife was actress Barbara Hershey, with whom he had one child, Joshua, before they divorced in 1996.

Goldwyn Jr.’s net worth is estimated to be $50 million. He has been nominated for four Academy Awards and has won one Golden Globe Award.

General Info

Full NameSamuel Goldwyn Jr.
Date Of BirthSeptember 7, 1926
DiedJanuary 9, 2015, Los Angeles, California, United States
ProfessionTelevision producer, Film producer, Film director, Businessperson
EducationUniversity of Virginia


SpousePeggy Elliott, Jennifer Howard
ChildrenTony Goldwyn, John Goldwyn, Francis Goldwyn
ParentsSamuel Goldwyn, Frances Howard
SiblingsRuth Capps


NominationsAcademy Award for Best Picture, BAFTA Award for Best Film, Producers Guild of America Award for Best Theatrical Motion Picture
MoviesThe Secret Life of Walter Mitty, Master and Commander: The Far Side of the World, Cotton Comes to Harlem, The Young Lovers, The Preacher's Wife, Man with the Gun, The Sharkfighters, Come Back, Charleston Blue, The Proud Rebel, The Program, Fatal Beauty, Stella, The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn, Wh...

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1[on the film business] I love it. If you don't love this business, don't go near it. Don't go near it to get rich. And just remember, if you're right 51 percent of the time in this business, you're a genius.
2[on his father Samuel Goldwyn] With every picture he made, my father raised the money, paid back the bank, and kept control of the negative. He said, you be careful of these films: some people will tell you they're not worth anything, but don't you believe it.


1Father (with Peggy Elliott) of Liz Goldwyn and Peter Goldwyn.
2Following military service, moved to England as associate producer for J.Arthur Rank. He rejoined the army in 1950, producing and directing documentaries for the staff of General Dwight D. Eisenhower. Subsequently worked for Edward R. Murrow at CBS News.
3Attended the University of Virginia.
4Launched his own production company, Formosa Productions, in 1955.
5He produced The Secret Life of Walter Mitty (2013) while his father Samuel Goldwyn produced The Secret Life of Walter Mitty (1947).
6Half-brother of Ruth Capps, both the children of Samuel Goldwyn, Ruth from his first marriage to Blanche Lasky, Samuel Jr. from his second marriage to Frances Howard.
7Member of the Board of Governors of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences (Producers Branch) [1999-2002]
8Engaged to Laurette Luez in the late 1940s.
9Father of Tony Goldwyn and John Goldwyn
10Son of Samuel Goldwyn and Frances Howard.




The Secret Life of Walter Mitty2013producer
Master and Commander: The Far Side of the World2003producer
Tortilla Soup2001executive producer
Flipper1996-1997TV Series executive producer - 5 episodes
The Preacher's Wife1996producer
The Program1993producer
Rock-A-Doodle1991executive producer
Mystic Pizza1988executive producer
April Morning1988TV Movie executive producer
The 60th Annual Academy Awards1988TV Special producer
Fatal Beauty1987executive producer - uncredited
A Prayer for the Dying1987producer - uncredited
The 59th Annual Academy Awards1987TV Special producer
Once Bitten1985executive producer
The Golden Seal1983producer
The Visitor1979executive producer - uncredited
Come Back, Charleston Blue1972producer
Cotton Comes to Harlem1970producer
Off to See the Wizard1967TV Series producer - 1 episode
The Young Lovers1964producer
The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn1960producer
The Proud Rebel1958producer
The Sharkfighters1956producer
Sneak Preview1956TV Series producer - 1 episode
Man with the Gun1955producer
Good-Time Girl1948associate producer


The Proud Rebel1958presenter
Man with the Gun1955presenter
A Killer Walks1952presenter: original play


The Young Lovers1964


Who's Driving Doug2016the producers wish to thank
1939: Hollywood's Greatest Year2009TV Movie documentary special thanks - as Sam Goldwyn Jr.
Cinema Europe: The Other Hollywood1995TV Mini-Series documentary acknowledgment: film source - as Sam Goldwyn


Casablanca: An Unlikely Classic2012Video documentary
Michael Curtiz: The Greatest Director You Never Heard Of2012Documentary short
Birth of Hollywood2011TV Mini-Series documentaryHimself
Moguls & Movie Stars: A History of Hollywood2010TV Mini-Series documentaryHimself / Himself - Interviewee / Himself - Producer
William Krisel, Architect2010DocumentaryHimself
The Boys: The Sherman Brothers' Story2009DocumentaryHimself
Who Is Norman Lloyd?2007DocumentaryHimself
The Brothers Warner2007TV Movie documentaryHimself - Film Producer (as Sam Goldwyn Jr.)
Stardust: The Bette Davis Story2006TV Movie documentaryHimself
Guys and Dolls: From Stage to Screen2006Video documentary shortHimself
Guys and Dolls: The Goldwyn Touch2006Video documentary shortHimself
Hollywood Greats2005TV Series documentaryHimself
Irving Thalberg: Prince of Hollywood2005TV Movie documentaryHimself
American Masters2001TV Series documentaryHimself
30 minuts2001TV Series documentaryHimself
Intimate Portrait2001TV Series documentaryHimself
Mary Pickford: A Life on Film1997DocumentaryHimself
Danny Kaye: Nobody's Fool1994TV Movie documentary
Omnibus1993TV Series documentaryHimself - Interviewee

Archive Footage

The 87th Annual Academy Awards2015TV SpecialHimself - Producer (In Memoriam)


Won Awards

1988Primetime EmmyPrimetime Emmy AwardsOutstanding Variety-Music Events ProgrammingThe 60th Annual Academy Awards (1988)

Nominated Awards

2004OscarAcademy Awards, USABest PictureMaster and Commander: The Far Side of the World (2003)
2004BAFTA Film AwardBAFTA AwardsBest FilmMaster and Commander: The Far Side of the World (2003)
2004PGA AwardPGA AwardsOutstanding Producer of Theatrical Motion PicturesMaster and Commander: The Far Side of the World (2003)

Source: IMDb, Wikipedia

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