Jack Warner

Businessperson, Organization founder

1892 – 1978

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Who was Jack Warner?

Jack Leonard "J. L." Warner, born Jacob Warner in London, Ontario, was a Canadian-born American film executive who was the president and driving force behind the Warner Bros. Studios in Hollywood, Los Angeles, California. Warner's career spanned some forty-five years, its duration surpassing that of any other of the seminal Hollywood studio moguls.

As co-head of production at Warner Bros. Studios, he worked with his brother, Sam Warner, to procure the technology for the film industry's first talking picture. After Sam's death, Jack clashed with his surviving older brothers, Harry and Albert Warner. He assumed exclusive control of the film production company in the 1950s, when he secretly purchased his brothers' shares in the business after convincing them to participate in a joint sale of stocks.

Although Warner was feared by many of his employees and inspired ridicule with his uneven attempts at humor, he earned respect for his shrewd instincts and tough-mindedness. He recruited many of Warner Bros.'s top stars and promoted the hard-edged social dramas for which the studio became known. Given to decisiveness, Warner once commented, "If I'm right fifty-one percent of the time, I'm ahead of the game."

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Born
Aug 2, 1892
London
Also known as
  • Jack Wonskolaser
Parents
Siblings
Spouses
Children
Religion
  • Judaism
Ethnicity
  • Poles
Nationality
  • Canada
Profession
Education
  • University of Southern California
Employment
  • Warner Bros.-Seven Arts
Lived in
  • London
  • Youngstown
Died
Sep 9, 1978
Hollywood
Resting place
Home of Peace Cemetery

Submitted
on July 23, 2013

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