Samuel Goldwyn Overview:

Legendary producer, Samuel Goldwyn, was born Schmuel Gelbfisz on Aug 17, 1879 in Warsaw, Poland. Goldwyn died at the age of 94 on Jan 31, 1974 in Los Angeles, CA and was laid to rest in Forest Lawn (Glendale) Cemetery in Glendale, CA.



Samuel Goldwyn was nominated for nine Academy Awards, winning one for Best Picture for The Best Years of Our Lives in 1946. He also won two Honorary Awards in 1946 and 1957 Samuel Goldwyn .

Academy Awards

YearAwardFilm nameRoleResult
1931/32Best PictureArrowsmith (1931)N/ANominated
1936Best PictureDodsworth (1936)N/ANominated
1937Best PictureDead End (1937)N/ANominated
1937Best Music - ScoringThe Hurricane (1937)N/ANominated
1939Best PictureWuthering Heights (1939)N/ANominated
1941Best PictureThe Little Foxes (1941)N/ANominated
1942Best PictureThe Pride of the Yankees (1942)N/ANominated
1946Best PictureThe Best Years of Our Lives (1946)N/AWon
1947Best PictureThe Bishop's Wife (1947)N/ANominated

Academy Awards (Honorary Oscars)

1938IRVING G. THALBERG MEMORIAL AWARDSamuel Goldwyn [NOTE: Did not win the award. This is the only year that nominations were announced for the Thalberg award.]


He was honored with one star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame in the category of Motion Pictures.

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At one time Goldwyn was scheduled to appear as the "Mystery Guest" on the TV game show "What's My Line?" (1950), in which panelists are blindfolded and have to guess who the Mystery Guest is. The show's rules required that panelists who found out the Mystery Guest's identity before he or she appeared on the show had to disqualify themselves. A few days before his scheduled appearance, Goldwyn ran into panelist Dorothy Kilgallen in a restaurant and said, "Guess what, Dorothy? I'm going to be on your show Sunday night!" She told him that since she now knew he would be the Mystery Guest, she'd have to disqualify herself. A few days later Goldwyn ran into Bennett Cerf, also a panelist on the show, and said, "Guess what, Bennett? I did a really dumb thing the other day and told Dorothy that I'm going to be on your show Sunday night!" Cerf also was forced to disqualify himself, resulting in the only double disqualification in the show's history.

2002: Portrayed on Broadway in "Alan King as Mr. Goldwyn" by actor/comedian/producer Alan King. Play focuses on Goldwyn in early 1950s when he is making Hans Christian Andersen (1952).

Is portrayed by Olivier Pierre in RKO 281 (1999) (TV), by Lee Wallace in This Year's Blonde (1980) (TV) and by Vernon Weddle in Malice in Wonderland (1985) (TV)

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