Leonard Maltin Biography (1950-)

Born December 18, 1950, in New York, NY; son of Aaron Isaac (a lawyer and immigration judge) and Jacqueline (a singer; maiden name, Gould) Maltin; marriedAlice Tlusty (a researcher and producer), March 15, 1975; children: JessicaBennett. Addresses: Office: c/o Entertainment Tonight, Paramount Television, 5555 Melrose Ave., Los Angeles, CA 90038-3149.; Agent: Richard CurtisAssociates, Inc., 171 East 74th St., New York, NY 10021.

Nationality
American
Gender
Male
Occupation
Film critic, film historian, writer
Birth Details
December 18, 1950
New York, New York, United States

Famous Works

  • CREDITS
  • Television Appearances
  • Series
  • Film critic and correspondent, Entertainment Tonight (also known as Entertainment This Week and ET), syndicated, 1982-
  • Host, Hot Ticket, ABC, 2001-
  • Specials
  • Stooge Snapshots, 1984
  • W. C. Fields: Straight Up, 1986
  • Cartoon Madness: The Fantastic Max Fleischer Cartoons, Arts and Entertainment, 1992
  • Host, Young Duke: The Making of a Movie Star, Arts and Entertainment, 1993
  • Narrator, Cliffhangers! Adventures from the Thrill Factory, Arts and Entertainment, 1993
  • The Defense Rests: A Tribute to Raymond Burr, 1993
  • Host, A Night of Movie Magic, The Discovery Channel, 1995
  • Great Moments of Discovery, The Discovery Channel, 1995
  • Disney's Most Unlikely Heroes, ABC, 1996
  • Interviewee, The Secrets of 007: The James Bond Files, CBS, 1997
  • AFI's 100 Years ... 100 Movies (also known as American Film Institute's 100 Years ... 100 Movies), CBS, 1998
  • Himself as critic and historian, Clara Bow: Discovering the It Girl, TCM, 1999
  • Himself, Chuck Jones: Extremes and In-betweens, a Life in Animation (documentary), PBS, 2000
  • Howard Hughes: His Women and His Movies, TCM, 2000
  • Without Lying Down: Frances Marion and the Power of Women in Hollywood, TCM, 2000
  • Himself as author and historian, Walt: The Man behind the Myth, ABC, 2001
  • Himself as film critic and historian, AFI's 100 Years, 100 Thrills: America's Most Heart-Pounding Movies, CBS, 2001
  • Episodic
  • "Island of Dr. Mystico," Freakazoid! (animated; also known as Steven Spielberg Presents Freakazoid!), The WB, 1997
  • Himself, "Fatty Arbuckle: Betrayal by Hollywood," Biography, Artsand Entertainment, 1998
  • Himself, "Gorgo," Mystery Science Theater 3000 (also known as MST3K), Sci-Fi Channel, 1998
  • Award presentation host, "You Can Pick Your Friends ... ," Arli$$,HBO, 2000
  • Himself, "Wallace & Gromit Go Chicken," Omnibus, BBC, 2000
  • Himself, Jaws: The E! True Hollywood Story, E! Entertainment Television, 2002
  • Frequent guest on the series Saturday Night at the Movies.
  • Other
  • The Omen Legacy, 2001
  • The Last Editor, 2002
  • Television Work
  • Segment Producer; Series
  • Entertainment Tonight (also known as Entertainment This Week and ET), syndicated, 1982-
  • Advisor; Series
  • The Living Century, beginning in 2001
  • Producer; Specials
  • Cartoon Madness: The Fantastic Max Fleischer Cartoons, Arts and Entertainment, 1992
  • Cliffhangers! Adventures from the Thrill Factory, Arts and Entertainment, 1993
  • Young Duke: The Making of a Movie Star, Arts and Entertainment, 1993
  • Film Appearances
  • Host, Bugs and Daffy: The Wartime Cartoons, Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer/United Artists Home Video, 1989
  • Himself as movie reviewer, Gremlins 2: The New Batch, Warner Bros., 1990
  • Narrator, The Lost Stooges, 1990
  • Host, The Making of "High Noon" (documentary), Republic, 1992
  • Host, The Making of "The Quiet Man" (documentary), Republic, 1992
  • Himself, The Magical World of Chuck Jones (documentary), Warner Bros., 1992
  • Host, The Making of "Rio Grande" (documentary), Republic, 1993
  • Host, The Making of "Sands of Iwo Jima" (documentary), 1993
  • Host, The Little Rascals, Cabin Fever Entertainment, 1994
  • Himself as film historian, Forgotten Silver, WingNut Films, 1996
  • Himself on Entertainment Tonight, Junket Whore (documentary), 1998
  • The Hand behind the Mouse: The Ub Iwerks Story (documentary), Buena Vista, 1999
  • Keepers of the Frame (documentary), 1999
  • The Making of "Fantasia" (also known as The Concert Feature), 2000
  • Mary Pickford: A Life on Film (documentary), Hugh M. Hefner, 2000
  • Himself, Cinerama Adventure, 2001
  • Himself, Drive-in Movie Memories, Festival Outdoor Productions, 2001
  • Film Work
  • Producer
  • The Lost Stooges, 1990
  • The Making of "High Noon" (documentary), Republic, 1992
  • The Making of "The Quiet Man" (documentary), Republic, 1992
  • The Making of "Rio Grande" (documentary), Republic, 1993
  • The Making of "Sands of Iwo Jima" (documentary), 1993
  • The Little Rascals, Cabin Fever Entertainment, 1994
  • Radio Appearances
  • Series
  • Leonard Maltin on Video (also known as Leonard Maltin's Video View), syndicated, beginning in 1995
  • RECORDINGS
  • Videos
  • Host and producer, Cartoons for Big Kids, 1989
  • Animation Favorites from the National Film Board of Canada (also known as Leonard Maltin's Animation Favorites from the National Film Boardof Canada), 1994
  • Editor-in-chief, DVD Preview with Leonard Maltin, Volume 1, 2001
  • Interviewer and producer, Silly Symphonies Souvenirs, Buena Vista,2001
  • WRITINGS
  • Teleplays
  • Specials
  • The Art of Disney Animation, The Disney Channel, 1988
  • Fantasia: The Creation of a Disney Classic, The Disney Channel, 1990
  • Screenplays
  • Documentaries
  • The Making of "High Noon," Republic, 1992
  • The Making of "The Quiet Man," Republic, 1992
  • The Making of "Sands of Iwo Jima," 1993
  • Videos
  • Cartoons for Big Kids, 1989
  • Silly Symphonies Souvenirs, Buena Vista, 2001
  • Nonfiction
  • Movie Comedy Teams, New American Library (New York City), 1970, revised edition with introduction by Billy Gilbert, 1985
  • Behind the Camera: The Cinematographer's Art, New American Library, 1971, published as The Art of the Cinematographer: A Survey and Interviews with Five Masters, Dover Publications (New York City), 1978
  • The Great Movie Shorts, Crown (New York City), 1972, published asSelected Short Subjects: From Spanky to the Three Stooges, Da Capo Press (New York City), 1983
  • The Disney Films, Crown, 1973, revised edition, 1985, 4th edition,Disney Editions (New York City), 2000
  • Hollywood Kids, Popular Library (New York City), 1977
  • Of Mice and Magic: A History of American Animated Cartoons, McGraw-Hill (New York City), 1980, revised edition, New American Library, 1987
  • (With Allan Greenfield) The Complete Guide to Home Video, Crown, 1981
  • The Whole Film Sourcebook, New American Library, 1983
  • (With Spencer Green and Luke Sader) Leonard Maltin's Movie Encyclopedia: Career Profiles of More than 2,000 Actors and Filmmakers, Past and Present, Dutton (New York City), 1994
  • The Great American Broadcast: A Celebration of Radio's Golden Age,Dutton, 1997
  • (With others) Leonard Maltin's Family Film Guide, Signet (New YorkCity), 1999
  • Contributor to books, including A Concise History of the Cinema, A. S. Barnes, 1971; The American Film Heritage, Acropolis Books, 1972;The Encyclopedia of Jazz in the Seventies, Horizon, 1976; The "It'sa Wonderful Life" Book, by Jeanine Basinger, Knopf (New York City), 1986; and Private Screenings: Insiders Share a Century of Great Movie Moments, Turner, 1995. Columnist for Microsoft Cinemania Online, 1996, Modern Maturity, 1996-99, the Internet Web site Netflix.com, and Video Review; film critic, Playboy, 1998. Contributor of articles to magazines and newspapers, including American Film, Disney Magazine, Esquire, Film Comment, Los Angeles Times, Millimeter, New York Post, New York Times, Print, Saturday Review, Smithsonian, TV Guide, and Variety.
  • Editor
  • TV Movies, New American Library (New York City), revised annually,1969-1984, published as Leonard Maltin's TV Movies, revised annually,1984-, information used in Leonard Maltin's TV Movies and Video Guide, New American Library, revised annually, 1986-1991, information used in Leonard Maltin's Movie and Video Guide, Plume (New York City), revised annually, 1992-, electronic version published as Leonard Maltin's Movie and Video Guide, Penguin Electronic (New York City), 1995
  • The Laurel and Hardy Book, Curtis Books, 1973
  • The Real Stars, Curtis Books, 1973
  • The Real Stars #2, Curtis Books, 1973
  • Carole Lombard, Pyramid Publications (New York City), 1976
  • Hollywood: The Movie Factory, Popular Library (New York City), 1976
  • (With Richard W. Bann) Our Gang: The Life and Times of the Little Rascals, Crown (New York City), 1977, published as The Little Rascals: TheLife and Times of Our Gang, Crown, 1992
  • The Great Movie Comedians, Crown, 1978, revised edition publishedas The Great Movie Comedians: Updated Edition from Charlie Chaplin to Woody Allen, Harmony Books (New York City), 1982
  • The Real Stars #3, Popular Library, 1979
  • General editor, "Curtis Film Series," Curtis Books, 1973-74, and "PopularLibrary Film Series," Popular Library, 1975-78. Contributing editor, Video Review.

Further Reference

ADAPTATIONS

  • The television special Added Attractions: The Hollywood Shorts Story, broadcast by TCM in 2002, was based on Maltin's book The Great Movie Shorts.
OTHER SOURCES
    Periodicals
    • Forbes, September 11, 1995, p. 305
    • Video Business, July 2, 1993, pp. 1-2; March 4, 1994, pp. 8-9

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