Darryl (Francis) Zanuck Biography (1902-1979)

Full name, Darryl Francis Zanuck; born September 5, 1902, in Wahoo, NE; diedof pneumonia, December 22, 1979, in Palm Springs, CA; son of Frank (a hotel clerk) and Liouse (Torpin) Zanuck; married Virginia Fox, January 12, 1924 (divorced); children: Darrylin, Susan Marie, Richard Darryl (a film producer). Career: Producer, director, screenwriter, and actor. Warner Bros., scriptwriter, 1923-33, studio manager, 1928, executive, 1929, executive in chargeof production, 1931; Twentieth Century Films, founder (with Joseph Schenck),1933 (Twentieth Century Films absorbed Fox Films in 1934 to form Twentieth Century-Fox); Twentieth Century-Fox, president in charge of production, 1934-56; independent producer, 1956-62; Twentieth Century-Fox, president, 1962-69, then chairman and chief operating officer, 1969-71. Also wrote pulp fiction and worked as a steelworker, laborer, garment factory foreman, drugstore clerk,and professional boxer. Military service: Nebraska National Guard; U.S. Army, fought in Europe during World War I. Awards, Honors: AcademyAwards, best picture, 1941, for How Green Was My Valley, 1947, for Gentleman's Agreement, and 1950, for All about Eve; Academy Awardnominations, best picture, 1930 (with Jack L. Warner), for Disraeli, 1933, for 42nd Street, 1934 (with William Goetz and Raymond Griffiths),for The House of Rothchild, 1935, for Les Miserables, 1937 (with Kenneth MacGowan), for In Old Chicago, 1938 (with Harry Joe Brown),for Alexander's Ragtime Band, 1940 (with Nunnally Johnson), for The Grapes of Wrath, 1944, for Wilson, 1946, for The Razor's Edge, 1949, for Twelve O'Clock High, and 1961, for The Longest Day; Irving G. Thalberg Memorial Awards, Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, 1937, 1944, and 1950; Cecil B. De Mille Award, Hollywood Foreign Press Association, 1954; French Legion of Honor.

Nationality
American
Gender
Male
Occupation
Producer, director, screenwriter, actor
Birth Details
September 5, 1902
Wahoo, Nebraska, United States
Death Details
December 22, 1979
Palm Springs, California, United States

Famous Works

  • CREDITS
  • Film Work
  • Producer, Unless Otherwise Noted; Films Distributed by Warner Bros., Unless Otherwise Noted
  • (As Darryl Francis Zanuck) The First Auto, 1927
  • Old San Francisco, 1927
  • The Jazz Singer, 1927
  • Associate producer, Noah's Ark, 1929
  • The Show of Shows, 1929
  • On with the Show, 1929
  • Disraeli, 1929
  • Little Caesar, 1930
  • Three Faces East, 1930
  • The Office Wife, 1930
  • The Doorway to Hell, 1930
  • The Public Enemy (also known as Enemies of the Public), 1931
  • Illicit, 1931
  • Smart Money, 1931
  • Five Start Final, 1931
  • The Man Who Played God (also known as The Silent Voice), 1932
  • The Rich Are Always with Us, 1932
  • The Dark Horse, 1932
  • The Cabin in the Cotton, 1932
  • Three on a Match, 1932
  • The Crowd Roars, 1932
  • The Mouthpiece, 1932
  • I Am a Fugitive from a Chain Gang, 1932
  • Gallant Lady, United Artists, 1933
  • The Bowery, Twentieth Century, 1933
  • Advice to the Lovelorn, Twentieth Century, 1933
  • 42nd Street, 1933
  • 20,000 Years in Sing Sing, 1933
  • Parachute Jumper, 1933
  • The Working Man, 1933
  • Ex-Lady, 1933
  • Baby Face, 1933
  • Broadway through a Keyhole, United Artists, 1933
  • Blood Money, United Artists, 1933
  • The Chapman Report, 1962
  • Producer, Unless Otherwise Noted; Films Distributed by Twentieth Century-Fox
  • Moulin Rouge, 1934
  • The Mighty Barnum, 1934
  • The Last Gentleman, 1934
  • The House of Rothchild, 1934
  • Bulldog Drummond Strikes Back, 1934
  • Looking for Trouble, 1934
  • The Affairs of Cellini, 1934
  • Dames, 1934
  • Thanks a Million, 1935
  • Show Them No Mercy! (also known as Tainted Money), 1935
  • Metropolitan, 1935
  • The Man Who Broke the Bank at Monte Carlo, 1935
  • Executive producer, Folies Bergere (also known as The Man fromthe Folies Bergere), 1935
  • Executive producer, Cardinal Richelieu, 1935
  • The Call of the Wild, 1935
  • Clive of India, 1935
  • Les Miserables, 1935
  • White Hunter, 1936
  • White Fang, 1936
  • Sing, Baby, Sing, 1936
  • The Road to Glory, 1936
  • Professional Solider, 1936
  • The Prisoner of Shark Island, 1936
  • Poor Little Rich Girl, 1936
  • Pigskin Parade (also known as Harmony Parade), 1936
  • One in a Million, 1936
  • A Message to Garcia, 1936
  • Lloyd's of London, 1936
  • It Had to Happen, 1936
  • Half Angel, 1936
  • Dimples, 1936
  • The Country Doctor, 1936
  • Captain January, 1936
  • Banjo on My Knee, 1936
  • Under Two Flags, 1936
  • To Mary-With Love, 1936
  • Executive in charge of production, Ladies in Love, 1936
  • King of Burlesque, 1936
  • Sins of Man, 1936
  • This Is My Affair (also known as His Affair), 1937
  • You Can't Have Everything, 1937
  • Executive in charge of production, Wife, Doctor, and Nurse, 1937
  • Wake Up and Live, 1937
  • Thin Ice (also known as Lovely to Look At), 1937
  • Slave Ship, 1937
  • On the Avenue, 1937
  • Love and Hisses, 1937
  • Executive producer, Lancer Spy, 1937
  • In Old Chicago, 1937
  • Heidi, 1937
  • Ali Baba Goes to Town, 1937
  • Seventh Heaven, 1937
  • One in a Million, 1937
  • Wee Willie Winkie, 1937
  • Three Blind Mice, 1938
  • Suez, 1938
  • Submarine Patrol, 1938
  • Straight, Place, and Show (also known as They're Off), 1938
  • Sally, Irene and Mary, 1938
  • Rebecca of Sunnybrook Farm, 1938
  • My Lucky Star, 1938
  • Little Miss Broadway, 1938
  • Kidnapped, 1938
  • Just around the Corner, 1938
  • International Settlement, 1938
  • I'll Give a Million, 1938
  • Hold that Co-Ed (also known as Hold That Girl), 1938
  • Happy Landing, 1938
  • Gateway, 1938
  • Four Men and a Prayer, 1938
  • Always Goodbye, 1938
  • The Baroness and the Butler, 1938
  • Kentucky Moonshine (also known as Three Men and a Girl), 1938
  • Thanks for Everything, 1938
  • Alexander's Ragtime Band (also known as Irving Berlin's Alexander's Ragtime Band), 1938
  • Wife, Husband, Friend, 1939
  • Tail Spin, 1939
  • Swanee River (also known as The Life of Stephen Foster), 1939
  • Susannah of the Mounties, 1939
  • The Story of Alexander Graham Bell (also known as The Modern Miracle), 1939
  • Second Fiddle (also known as Irving Berlin's Second Fiddle), 1939
  • Executive producer, The Rains Came, 1939
  • Hotel for Women (also known as Elsa Maxwell's Hotel for Women), 1939
  • The Gorilla, 1939
  • Everything Happens at Night, 1939
  • Executive producer, Drums along the Mohawk, 1939
  • Day-Time Wife, 1939
  • Jesse James, 1939
  • The Little Princess, 1939
  • Rose of Washington Square, 1939
  • Young Mr. Lincoln, 1939
  • Here I Am a Stranger, 1939
  • Barricade, 1939
  • Stanley and Livingston, 1939
  • Hollywood Cavalcade, 1939
  • The Return of the Cisco Kid, 1939
  • The Rains Came, 1939
  • Star Dust, 1940
  • Maryland, 1940
  • The Mask of Zorro, 1940
  • The Man I Married (also known as I Married a Nazi), 1940
  • Little Old New York, 1940
  • Lillian Russell, 1940
  • He Married His Wife, 1940
  • The Great Profile, 1940
  • Four Sons, 1940
  • Brigham Young-Frontiersman (also known as Brigham Young), 1940
  • The Blue Bird, 1940
  • The Grapes of Wrath, 1940
  • Johnny Apollo, 1940
  • I Was an Adventuress, 1940
  • The Return of Frank James, 1940
  • Chad Hanna, 1940
  • Down Argentine Way, 1940
  • A Yank in the RAF, 1941
  • That Night in Rio, 1941
  • Sex Hygiene, 1941
  • Blood and Sand, 1941
  • Tobacco Road, 1941
  • The Great American Broadcast, 1941
  • How Green Was My Valley, 1941
  • To the Shores of Tripoli, 1942
  • This above All, 1942
  • Son of Fury (also known as The Story of Benjamin Blake), 1942
  • The Pied Piper, 1942
  • At the Front, 1943
  • Executive producer, Coney Island, 1943
  • Lifeboat, 1944
  • The Song of Bernadette, 1944
  • Laura, 1944
  • Winged Victory, 1944
  • Wilson, 1944
  • The Purple Heart, 1944
  • Executive producer, A Tree Grows in Brooklyn, 1945
  • Executive producer, The House on 92nd Street, 1945
  • The Razor's Edge, 1946
  • Dragonwyck, 1946
  • My Darling Clementine, 1946
  • Executive producer, Forever Amber, 1947
  • Gentleman's Agreement, 1947
  • Executive producer, 13 Rue Madeleine, 1947
  • Executive producer, Boomerang, 1947
  • Executive producer, Miracle on 34th Street, 1947
  • Executive producer, Kiss of Death, 1947
  • Executive producer, Mother Wore Tights, 1947
  • Executive producer, The Snake Pit, 1948
  • Executive producer, Unfaithfully Yours, 1948
  • Executive producer, Call Northside 777, 1948
  • Executive producer, Sitting Pretty, 1948
  • Executive producer, When My Baby Smiles at Me, 1948
  • Twelve O'Clock High, 1949
  • Pinky, 1949
  • Executive producer, A Letter to Three Wives, 1949
  • Executive producer, The Gunfighter, 1950
  • Executive producer, All about Eve (also known as Best Performance), 1950
  • Executive producer, No Way Out, 1950
  • Executive producer, Mister 880, 1950
  • David and Bathsheba, 1951
  • People Will Talk, 1951
  • Executive in charge of production, The Day the Earth Stood Still,1951
  • The Snows of Kilimanjaro, 1952
  • Viva Zapata!, 1952
  • Executive producer, Five Fingers, 1952
  • Executive producer, The Robe, 1952
  • The Egyptian, 1954
  • The Man in the Grey Flannel Suit, 1956
  • Island in the Sun, 1957
  • The Sun Also Rises, 1957
  • The Roots of Heaven, 1958
  • Crack in the Mirror, 1960
  • Sanctuary, 1961
  • The Big Gamble, 1961
  • And director (uncredited) The Longest Day, 1962
  • Director (uncredited), Cleopatra, 1963
  • Those Magnificent Men in Their Flying Machines; or How I Flew from London to Paris in 25 Hours and 11 Minutes (also known as Those Magnificent Men in Their Flying Machines), 1965
  • Hello-Goodbye, 1970
  • Executive producer, Tora! Tora! Tora!, 1970
  • Film Appearances
  • Himself, Show Business at War (also known as The March of Time,Volume IX, Issue 10), Twentieth Century-Fox, 1943
  • WRITINGS
  • Screenplays, Unless Otherwise Noted
  • Films Distributed by Warner Bros., Unless Otherwise Noted
  • The Storm, Universal, 1922
  • Seven Sinners, 1925
  • Eve's Lover, 1925
  • The Limited Mail, 1925
  • The Social Highwayman, 1926
  • The Caveman, 1926
  • Adaptor, The Little Irish Girl, 1926
  • Oh, What a Nurse!, 1926
  • Footloose Widows, 1926
  • (As Darryl Francis Zanuck) Across the Pacific, 1926
  • The Better 'Ole, 1926
  • (Uncredited) Little Caesar, 1930
  • Screenplays as Mark Canfield
  • Maybe It's Love (also known as Eleven Men and a Girl), Warner Bros., 1930
  • Crack in the Mirror, Twentieth Century-Fox, 1960
  • Screenplays as Melville Crossman
  • This Is My Affair (also known as His Affair), Twentieth Century-Fox, 1937
  • Screenplays as Gregory Rogers
  • Films Distributed by Warner Bros
  • Find Your Man, 1924
  • The Lighthouse by the Sea, 1924
  • A Broadway Butterfly, 1925
  • Hogan's Alley, 1925
  • Three Weeks in Paris, 1926
  • Wolf's Clothing, 1927
  • Tracked by the Police, 1927
  • The Missing Link, 1927
  • Jaws of Steel, 1927
  • G-Men, 1935
  • Film Stories
  • Say It with Songs, Warner Bros., 1929
  • Noah's Ark, Warner Bros., 1929
  • A Yank in the RAF, Twentieth Century-Fox, 1941
  • Film Stories as Mark Canfield
  • The Desired Woman, Warner Bros., 1927
  • My Man, Warner Bros., 1928
  • Madonna of Avenue A, Warner Bros., 1929
  • Baby Face, Warner Bros., 1933
  • Film Stories as Melville Crossman
  • Irish Hearts, Warner Bros., 1927
  • Simple Sis, Warner Bros., 1927
  • Tenderloin, Warner Bros., 1928
  • Hardboiled Rose, Warner Bros., 1929
  • The Life of the Party, Warner Bros., 1930
  • The Dark Horse, Warner Bros., 1932
  • Thunder Birds, Twentieth Century-Fox, 1942
  • China Girl, Twentieth Century-Fox, 1942
  • The Purple Heart, Twentieth Century-Fox, 1944
  • Film Stories as Gregory Rogers
  • The Midnight Taxi, Warner Bros., 1928
  • Film Stories as Darryl Francis Zanuck
  • The Millionaire Cowboy, Warner Bros., 1924
  • The Black Diamond Express, Warner Bros., 1927
  • The First Auto, Warner Bros., 1927
  • Good Time Charley, Warner Bros., 1927
  • Ham and Eggs at the Front (also known as Ham and Eggs), Warner Bros., 1927

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