John Calley

Film Studio Executive + Film Producer
Born Jul 8, 1930

John Calley was an American film studio executive and producer. He was quite influential during his years at Warner Bros. (where he worked from 1968 to 1981) and "produced a film a month, on average, including commercial successes like The Exorcist and Superman. " During his seven years at Sony Pictures Entertainment starting in 1996, five of which he was chairman and chief executive, he was credited with "reinvigorat[ing ing]" that major film studio.… Read More

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1930 Birth Born in 1930.


1972 42 Years Old From 1972 until a divorce in 1992, he was married to Czech actress and former Playboy cover girl Olga Schoberová, though neither spoke the other's language in their first few years together. … Read More


1993 63 Years Old Together with Mike Nichols and Ismail Merchant, Calley produced 1993's The Remains of the Day, for which the trio received an Oscar nomination—Calley's only such Best Picture nomination.
1995 65 Years Old Discussion In 1995, he married actress Meg Tilly; they divorced in 2002. … Read More
1998 68 Years Old A best picture nomination Calley potentially missed was when, as Sony's new head, he nixed the studio's backing of Terence Malick's 1998 film The Thin Red Line, reportedly because he thought Malick couldn't keep to the budget. (The film stayed on budget and received seven Academy Award nominations.)
2009 79 Years Old He was honored with the Irving G. Thalberg Memorial Award by the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences at the inaugural Governors Awards ceremony on November 11, 2009. … Read More
2011 82 Years Old Died on September 13, 2011.
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