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Jack Joseph Valenti

  • Birth 5 Sep 1921 Houston, Harris County, Texas, USA
  • Death 26 Apr 2007 Washington, District of Columbia, District Of Columbia, USA
  • Burial Arlington, Arlington County, Virginia, USA
  • Plot Section 32, Lot 516
  • Memorial ID 19109468

Motion Picture Executive. Born in Houston, Texas, he served in World War II as a bomber pilot, earning a Distinguished Flying Cross. He founded a political consulting firm, then became an advisor to President Lyndon Johnson and was the long-time president of the Motion Picture Association of America. Effectively he was the Washington lobbyist for the Hollywood movie studios and independent movie producers from 1966 to 2004 during his tenure as president of the Motion Picture Association of America. There, under his supervision, starting in 1968 the movie industry developed the ratings system for films that is still used today. He is considered to have vigorously protected the rights of the film community and its intellectual properties and ensured that new technologies had the proper and necessary safeguards. An eloquent orator, he was frequently seen and heard throughout Hollywood and at the Academy Awards. Died in Washington, DC, of complications from a stroke.

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