Motion Picture Executive. Working as a sheet music printer for Universal Studios, Cohn joined with his brothers Jack and Joe Brandt to found CBC Film Sales Corporation in 1919. Harry Cohn managed the company's film production in Hollywood, while his brothers managed its finances from New York. Eventually Harry Cohn, took over as president of the Hollywood firm and renamed it, Columbia Pictures Corporation in 1924. There he signed signed a number of performers who went on to become stars, such as Barbara Stanwyck, James Stewart, Gary Cooper, Rosalind Russell, Glenn Ford, Judy Holliday and Rita Hayworth. Soon his films started having profitable success starting with “That Certain Thing” (1928). In 1934, his film “It Happened One Night”, won five Academy Awards, including Best Picture and Best Director. He continued to work with great success for the rest of his career with such classic films as “Lost Horizon” (1937), “Mr. Smith Goes to Washington” (1939), “From Here to Eternity” (1953), “On the Waterfront” (1954) and “The Bridge on the River Kwai” (1957). He died of a sudden heart attack at age 66.
Bio by: John "J-Cat" Griffith