Hal B. Wallis

Born Sep 14, 1898
Hometown Chicago, Illinois
Died Oct 5, 1986
Death Place Rancho Mirage, Ca...
Other Names Wallis, Harold Brent

Harold Brent Wallis was an American film producer. He is known for producing Casablanca, and other important films featuring actors such as Bette Davis, Errol Flynn, Katharine Hepburn, Humphrey Bogart, Dean Martin, Jerry Lewis, Elvis Presley, John Wayne, and many others.… Read More

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1898 Birth Harold Brent Wallis was born in 1898 in Chicago, Illinois, the son of Eva (née Blum) and Jacob Wolowicz, Ashkenazi Jews from the Suwałki region of Poland who changed their surname to Wallis.


1922 23 Years Old His family moved in 1922 to Los Angeles, California, where he found work as part of the publicity department at Warner Bros. in 1923. … Read More
1927 28 Years Old Wallis was married twice, to actress Louise Fazenda from 1927 until her death in 1962, and to actress Martha Hyer from 1966 until his death in 1986.


1944 45 Years Old He left Warner Bros. in 1944, after a clash with Jack Warner over Warner's acceptance of the Best Picture Oscar for Casablanca, to work as an independent producer, enjoying considerable success both commercially and critically. … Read More


1969 70 Years Old He produced True Grit, for which John Wayne won the Academy Award for Best Actor of 1969, and its sequel. … Read More
1975 76 Years Old In 1975, he received the Golden Globe Cecil B. DeMille Award for lifetime achievement in motion pictures.
1980 81 Years Old In 1980 he published his autobiography, Starmaker, co-written with Charles Higham.
1986 88 Years Old Wallis died in 1986 of complications of diabetes in Rancho Mirage, California, at the age of eighty-eight. … Read More
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