William Fox Overview:

Legendary producer, William Fox, was born Wilhelm Fried on Jan 1, 1879 in Tolcsva, Austria-Hungary (now Hungary). Fox died at the age of 73 on May 8, 1952 in New York City, NY and was laid to rest in Salem Fields Cemetery in Brooklyn, Kings County, NY.



He was honored with one star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame in the category of Motion Pictures. Fox was never nominated for an Academy Award.

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Opened a projection room at New York's 700 Broadway during May 1906.

After going bankrupt in the early 1930s, in 1941 he was convicted of trying to bribe a bankruptcy judge and served a short term in prison.

Upton Sinclair wrote a book about Fox's struggles, "Upton Sinclair Presents William Fox," based on five weeks of interviews with the former movie mogul. In the book, which was published in 1933, Fox charged that AT&T and the investment bank Halsey, Stuart & Co. entered into a conspiracy to take over his film empire and force him out so they could loot his assets. He claimed that the two culprits were in cahoots with duplicitous Fox Film executives, lawyers, financiers and government officials. The irony in Fox's case is that he had used exactly those devices in his machinations against Louis B. Mayer and other studio executives.

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