Motion Picture Executive. Co-founder of Warner Bros., with his siblings Sam, Jack, and Albert Warner. The oldest of the four, he was born Hirsch (or Harold) Morris Eichelbaum in Krasnosielc, Poland, and arrived in the US with his family in 1883. It was at his suggestion that the family entered the movie business in 1903 by purchasing a storefront nickelodeon in Newcastle, Pennsylvania. Harry's aggressive financial acumen was key to building Warner Bros. from a Poverty Row outfit to one of Hollywood's major studios, and he served as president of the company from its incorporation in 1923 until 1956. Ironically, he was opposed to Sam Warner's experiments with sound pictures, grumbling, "Who the hell wants to hear actors talk?", and the revolutionary film "The Jazz Singer" (1927) was made over his objections. In 1956 Harry sold his interests in Warner Bros. and retired. Jack Warner succeeded him as president.
Bio by: Bobb Edwards
Rea E. Warner
1888–1970 (m. 1907)
Beloved Husband, Father and Grandfather