Mike Medavoy

Film Producer
Born Jan 21, 1941

Morris Mike Medavoy is an American film producer and executive, co-founder of Orion Pictures (1978), former chairman of TriStar Pictures, former head of production for United Artists (1974–1978) and current chairman and CEO of Phoenix Pictures.

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1941 Birth Morris Mike Medavoy was born in 1941, in Shanghai, China. … Read More
1947 6 Years Old Medavoy lived in Chile from 1947 to 1957, and he studied at the Liceo Valentín Letelier de Santiago, where he learned to speak Spanish fluently.


1963 22 Years Old He became an American citizen in 1963. and graduated from UCLA that same year.
1964 23 Years Old Medavoy began his career at Universal Studios in 1964.
1965 24 Years Old In 1965 he became an agent at the General Artists Corporation and later moving into the vice president position of the Creative Management Agency.
1967 26 Years Old He became Creative Management's vice president of the motion picture department in 1967, where he worked with Steven Spielberg and Francis Ford Coppola among others and headed to IFA in 1970.


1974 33 Years Old In 1974, United Artists brought Medavoy in as senior vice president of production.
1975 34 Years Old There, he was part of the team responsible for One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest, Rocky, and Annie Hall, which won best Pictures Oscars® in 1975, 1976 and 1977 respectively. … Read More
1978 37 Years Old In 1978, Medavoy co-founded Orion Pictures. … Read More


1990 49 Years Old In 1990, Medavoy became the chairman of TriStar Pictures where he oversaw release of films such as Philadelphia, Terminator 2: Judgment Day, Sleepless in Seattle, Cliffhanger, The Fisher King, Legends of the Fall and Hook.


1992 51 Years Old …  He also actively participated in President Clinton's campaigns in 1992 and 1996.
1995 54 Years Old In 1995, Medavoy co-founded Phoenix Pictures. … Read More


2002 61 Years Old …  In 2002, Governor Gray Davis appointed him to the California Anti-Terrorism Information Center's Executive Advisory Board; he is also a member of both the Council on Foreign Relations and the Homeland Security Advisory Council.
2008 67 Years Old In 2008, he supported Barack Obama's candidacy and his wife, Irena, served as the Co-Finance Chair of the campaign. … Read More
In 2011, Medavoy announced his newest project surrounding the 2010 Chilean mining accident that left 33 men trapped underground for 69 days. … Read More
2015 74 Years Old In 2015, it was announced that he and Eric Esrailian are producing The Promise starring Oscar Isaac and Christian Bale.
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