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Producer, Walter Wanger, was born Walter Feuchtwanger on Jul 11, 1894 in San Francisco, CA. Wanger died at the age of 74 on Nov 18, 1968 in New York City, NY and was laid to rest in Home of Peace Cemetery and Emanu-El Mausoleum in Colma, San Mateo County, CA.

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Although Wanger was nominated for two Oscars, he never won a competitive Academy Award. However he won two Honorary Oscar Awards in 1945 and 1948 for distinguished service to the industry in adding to its moral stature in the world community by his production of the picture Joan of Arc .

Academy Awards

YearAwardFilm nameRoleResult
1939Best PictureStagecoach (1939)N/ANominated
1940Best PictureForeign Correspondent (1940)N/ANominated

Academy Awards (Honorary Oscars)

YearAwardDescription
1938IRVING G. THALBERG MEMORIAL AWARDWalter Wanger [NOTE: Did not win the award. This is the only year that nominations were announced for the Thalberg award.]
1945Special Awardfor his six years service as President of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences
1948Special Awardfor distinguished service to the industry in adding to its moral stature in the world community by his production of the picture Joan of Arc

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The surname Wanger, as pronounced, rhymes with 'stranger'

President of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences from 1939 to October 1941 and from December 1941 to 1945

In 1951 Wanger was convicted of attempted murder in the shooting of talent agent Jennings Lang. Lang was the agent of Joan Bennett, then Wanger's wife, and Wanger discovered the two of them were having an affair. He caught them in the act, and wound up shooting Lang in the groin. Wanger served several years in San Quentin Prison. His experiences there resulted in his producing the seminal prison film classic Riot in Cell Block 11 (1954).

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