Sam Zimbalist

Sam Zimbalist (1904 – 1958) was an American film producer.

He began his career at 16 as a film cutter at Metro Studios. He remained with Metro when the studio merged with the Goldwyn Company in 1924 and became MGM.

He was promoted to assistant producer in 1929 and full producer in 1936. He produced the films King Solomon's Mines (1950) and Quo Vadis (1951), both of which received Academy Award nominations for Best Film.

Zimbalist died suddenly of a heart attack while working on MGM's most elaborate production until that time, the 1959 epic Ben-Hur. He received a posthumous Oscar for the film.

He was married to Margaret C. Donovan (married 1924, divorced 1950) and Mary Taylor (1915-02-13–), a former fashion model and actress whom he married in 1952.


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