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 Hal B. Wallis

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Hal B. Wallis Famous memorial

Birth
Chicago, Cook County, Illinois, USA
Death
5 Oct 1986 (aged 87)
Rancho Mirage, Riverside County, California, USA
Burial
Glendale, Los Angeles County, California, USA
Plot
Great Mausoleum, Sanctuary of Truth
Memorial ID
5455 View Source

Motion Picture Producer, Studio Executive. Among the most influential and successful producers in Hollywood history, he is responsible for such classic pictures as "The Maltese Falcon" (1941), "Yankee Doodle Dandy" (1941) and "Casablanca" (1942) in addition to many more. Born Aaron Blum Wolowicz to parents of Jewish heritage, his father abandoned his family during his youth and Hal was forced to leave school in order to support his family. At the age of fourteen, he worked as an office boy, prior to finding a job as a traveling salesman. After moving to Hollywood, California in 1922, he changed his surname to Wallis and landed a job as a manager of a motion picture theater. This led to him landing a position with Warner Bros. Pictures in their publicity department. In a short time he was department head followed by production executive. During his years at Warner Brothers, the pictures "Little Caesar" (1931 which made Edward G. Robinson a star) "I Am a Fugitive From a Chain Gang" (1932 which made Paul Muni a star) and "Captain Blood" (1935 which made Errol Flynn a star) were released. Shortly after the picture "Casablanca" (1942) was released, Wallis departed from Warner Bros. Studios to form his own production company in association with Paramount Pictures. Under his entity, the films "Come Back Little Sheba" (1952), "The Rose Tattoo" (1955) and "Barefoot in the Park" (1967) were released. The careers of Burt Lancaster, Kirk Douglas, Dean Martin, Jerry Lewis and Elvis Presley were furthered due to Wallis' efforts. He was married to actress Louise Fazenda from 1927 until her death in 1962 and later to actress Martha Hyer from 1966 until his death.

Motion Picture Producer, Studio Executive. Among the most influential and successful producers in Hollywood history, he is responsible for such classic pictures as "The Maltese Falcon" (1941), "Yankee Doodle Dandy" (1941) and "Casablanca" (1942) in addition to many more. Born Aaron Blum Wolowicz to parents of Jewish heritage, his father abandoned his family during his youth and Hal was forced to leave school in order to support his family. At the age of fourteen, he worked as an office boy, prior to finding a job as a traveling salesman. After moving to Hollywood, California in 1922, he changed his surname to Wallis and landed a job as a manager of a motion picture theater. This led to him landing a position with Warner Bros. Pictures in their publicity department. In a short time he was department head followed by production executive. During his years at Warner Brothers, the pictures "Little Caesar" (1931 which made Edward G. Robinson a star) "I Am a Fugitive From a Chain Gang" (1932 which made Paul Muni a star) and "Captain Blood" (1935 which made Errol Flynn a star) were released. Shortly after the picture "Casablanca" (1942) was released, Wallis departed from Warner Bros. Studios to form his own production company in association with Paramount Pictures. Under his entity, the films "Come Back Little Sheba" (1952), "The Rose Tattoo" (1955) and "Barefoot in the Park" (1967) were released. The careers of Burt Lancaster, Kirk Douglas, Dean Martin, Jerry Lewis and Elvis Presley were furthered due to Wallis' efforts. He was married to actress Louise Fazenda from 1927 until her death in 1962 and later to actress Martha Hyer from 1966 until his death.

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  • Added: 15 May 1999
  • Find a Grave Memorial ID: 5455
  • Find a Grave, database and images (https://www.findagrave.com/memorial/5455/hal-b-wallis: accessed ), memorial page for Hal B. Wallis (19 Oct 1898–5 Oct 1986), Find a Grave Memorial ID 5455, citing Forest Lawn Memorial Park, Glendale, Los Angeles County, California, USA; Maintained by Find a Grave.