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Harry Warner is a name reckoned with in the film industry around the globe

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BirthdayDecember 12, 1881
Died onDecember 27, 1958
NationalityAmerican
FamousExecutive, Philanthropists, Film & Theater Personalities, Theater Personalities
SpousesRea Levinson
SiblingsAlbert Warner, Anna Warner, David Warner, Fannie Warner, Henry Warner, Jack Warner, Milton Warner, Rose Warner, Sadie Warner, Sam Warner
Known asHarry Morris Warner, Hirsz Mojżesz Wonsal
Childrens Betty Warner, Doris Warner, Lewis Warner
Founder / Co-Founder
  • Warner Bros. Entertainment
  • Warner Leisure Hotels
Birth PlaceKrasnosielc
GenderMale
FatherBenjamin Warner
MotherPearl Leah Eichelbaum
Sun SignSagittarius
Born inKrasnosielc
Famous asExecutive
Died at Age77

// Famous Executive

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Who is Harry Warner?

Harry Warner, co-founder of Warner Bros. Pictures, was among the most innovative and influential figures in the history of films. The son of poor Jewish immigrants, he steered his company through the Great Depression and World War II to lay the foundation for the thriving empire Warner Bros. is today. He had a keen eye for new technology and how it could influence filmmaking. The man is remembered not only for his success in business but for his patriotism, impeccable ethics and sensitivity to religious discrimination. Early on, he battled anti-Semitism from bankers and rival studios. To show his support during the war, he devoted himself the making of war movies. Later, he refused to cooperate with the ‘House Un-American Activities Committee’, defending his movie stars as non-threats. He was admired as a deeply devoted husband and father, but sadly, his career was marked by an irreparable rift with his brother. His fledgling company is now a global leader, operating in 30 countries. The movies and their star players have won countless Oscars. The studio’s present day collection of 6,800 films, the largest in the world, attests to his talent, tenacity and high character. To know more about his life and works read on the following biography

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Childhood & Early Life

Harry Morris Warnerwas born Hirsch Moses Wonsal, Dec 12, 1881, near Warsaw, Poland. His father, Benjamin, was a shoemaker, and his mother’s name was Pearl. There were 13 children, though several of them died in childhood. The family immigrated to the U.S. when Harry was 8 years old.

His first venture into the movie business was in 1905, when he sold his bicycle shop and purchased a theater. To furnish the second theater he bought, called the ‘Bijou’, he borrowed chairs from a local undertaker.

Career

With his brothers Albert, Sam and Jack, he soon owned 15 theatres across Ohio and Pennsylvania, as well as a film distribution company. Due to patent laws, the high cost of securing the films persuaded the brothers they’d be better off producing their own movies. They began doing so in 1912.

‘Warner Bros. Pictures’ was established following the success of ‘The Gold Diggers’ in 1923. Around this time, Harry discovered the trained German shepherd who would become ‘Rin Tin Tin’. The dog was the studio’s most valuable asset.

The first talking picture produced by the studio, ‘The Jazz Singer’, was released in 1927. There were only two minutes of speech in the movie, but “talkies” were the new film frontier.

The studio survived the Great Depression by wooing a number of top stars from rival companies. Throughout the 1930s, gangster movies like ‘Little Caesar’ and ‘The Public Enemy’ were its bread and butter.

In 1933, a separate animation unit was created. While Harry and his brothers didn’t actually produce the movies, they released the cartoons to theaters. ‘Merrie Melodies’ and ‘Looney Tunes’ brought enduring fame to ‘Porky Pig’, ‘Sylvester’ and ‘Tweety Bird’, ‘Bugs Bunny’, and ‘Wile E. Coyote’ and ‘Road Runner’.

Contracted actor, for their production house, Paul Muni won ‘Best Actor’ in 1937 Oscar Awards. That same year, ‘The Story of Emile Zola’ won the ‘Oscar for Best Picture’.

During WWII, while releasing war films like ‘Yankee Doodle Dandy’ and ‘This Is the Army’, he spurred audiences to spend $20 million in war bonds. By 1945, his employees had donated 5,200 pints of plasma to the Red Cross.

In 1947, disgusted by the shady business practices of his brother Jack, he began to devote more time to his racehorses. He further withdrew when the studio branched into television.

Major Works

‘Little Caesar’ was one of the first films to spark the interest of audiences in the U.S. criminal justice system. It was released in 1931 and starred Edward G. Robinson.

Warner was initially criticized for removing the word “Jew” from the script of ‘The Life of Emile Zola,’ 1937. But his decision made the film’s condemnation of prejudice universal, and the movie won the ‘Oscar for Best Picture’.

Released in 1942, ‘Casablanca’ is the tale of two men vying for the same woman. Set against the backdrop of WWII, it is one of best-loved films of all time.

Awards & Achievements

For revolutionizing the film industry, ‘The Jazz Singer’ earned a special Oscar at the first ‘Academy Awards’ ceremony in 1929. Ten years later, Harry was again honored by the Academy, receiving a certificate for patriotic short films.

He was awarded a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame in 1960. It’s on the north side of the 6400 block of Hollywood Blvd.

Personal Life & Legacy

Harry was married to Rea Levinson from 1907 until his death. The couple had three children, Lewis, Doris and Betty.

A man of high morals, he was incensed by his brother Jack’s marital infidelities and lack of family loyalty. He was devastated when Jack sold their film library for $21 million in 1956.

After the four siblings sold the studio to a syndicate of investors, Jack underhandedly bought back all his own shares and named himself president. The brothers never spoke again. Rea Warner blamed Jack's treachery for her husband’s eventual stroke and death on July 25, 1958 in Los Angeles.

’Slippery Rock University’ of Pennsylvania holds an annual ‘Harry Warner Film Festival’ in the institution dedicated to his name. It opened in 2004.

Trivia

In the late ‘20s, ‘The Jazz Singer’ and ‘Gold Diggers of Broadway’ succeeded with the new Vidaphone sound technology. Journalists nicknamed him “the godfather of the talking screen”.

This famous film producer insisted that films like ‘The Public Enemy,’ 1931, reinforce that crime never pays. “The motion picture presents right and wrong, as the Bible does,” he once said. “By showing both right and wrong, we teach the right.”

As a teenager, the future film executive was a jack-of-all-trades. His ventures through the early 1900s included a shoe repair shop, meat counter, bicycle shop and bowling alley

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Harry Warner biography timelines

  • // 12th Dec 1881
    Harry Morris Warnerwas born Hirsch Moses Wonsal, Dec 12, 1881, near Warsaw, Poland. His father, Benjamin, was a shoemaker, and his mother’s name was Pearl. There were 13 children, though several of them died in childhood. The family immigrated to the U.S. when Harry was 8 years old.
  • // 1905
    His first venture into the movie business was in 1905, when he sold his bicycle shop and purchased a theater. To furnish the second theater he bought, called the ‘Bijou’, he borrowed chairs from a local undertaker.
  • // 1907
    Harry was married to Rea Levinson from 1907 until his death. The couple had three children, Lewis, Doris and Betty.
  • // 1912
    With his brothers Albert, Sam and Jack, he soon owned 15 theatres across Ohio and Pennsylvania, as well as a film distribution company. Due to patent laws, the high cost of securing the films persuaded the brothers they’d be better off producing their own movies. They began doing so in 1912.
  • // 1923
    ‘Warner Bros. Pictures’ was established following the success of ‘The Gold Diggers’ in 1923. Around this time, Harry discovered the trained German shepherd who would become ‘Rin Tin Tin’. The dog was the studio’s most valuable asset.
  • // 1927
    The first talking picture produced by the studio, ‘The Jazz Singer’, was released in 1927. There were only two minutes of speech in the movie, but “talkies” were the new film frontier.
  • // 1929
    For revolutionizing the film industry, ‘The Jazz Singer’ earned a special Oscar at the first ‘Academy Awards’ ceremony in 1929. Ten years later, Harry was again honored by the Academy, receiving a certificate for patriotic short films.
  • // 1931
    ‘Little Caesar’ was one of the first films to spark the interest of audiences in the U.S. criminal justice system. It was released in 1931 and starred Edward G. Robinson.
  • // 1931
    This famous film producer insisted that films like ‘The Public Enemy,’ 1931, reinforce that crime never pays. “The motion picture presents right and wrong, as the Bible does,” he once said. “By showing both right and wrong, we teach the right.”
  • // 1933
    In 1933, a separate animation unit was created. While Harry and his brothers didn’t actually produce the movies, they released the cartoons to theaters. ‘Merrie Melodies’ and ‘Looney Tunes’ brought enduring fame to ‘Porky Pig’, ‘Sylvester’ and ‘Tweety Bird’, ‘Bugs Bunny’, and ‘Wile E. Coyote’ and ‘Road Runner’.
  • // 1937
    Contracted actor, for their production house, Paul Muni won ‘Best Actor’ in 1937 Oscar Awards. That same year, ‘The Story of Emile Zola’ won the ‘Oscar for Best Picture’.
  • // 1937
    Warner was initially criticized for removing the word “Jew” from the script of ‘The Life of Emile Zola,’ 1937. But his decision made the film’s condemnation of prejudice universal, and the movie won the ‘Oscar for Best Picture’.
  • // 1942
    Released in 1942, ‘Casablanca’ is the tale of two men vying for the same woman. Set against the backdrop of WWII, it is one of best-loved films of all time.
  • // 1945
    During WWII, while releasing war films like ‘Yankee Doodle Dandy’ and ‘This Is the Army’, he spurred audiences to spend $20 million in war bonds. By 1945, his employees had donated 5,200 pints of plasma to the Red Cross.
  • // 1947
    In 1947, disgusted by the shady business practices of his brother Jack, he began to devote more time to his racehorses. He further withdrew when the studio branched into television.
  • // 1956
    A man of high morals, he was incensed by his brother Jack’s marital infidelities and lack of family loyalty. He was devastated when Jack sold their film library for $21 million in 1956.
  • // 25th Jul 1958
    After the four siblings sold the studio to a syndicate of investors, Jack underhandedly bought back all his own shares and named himself president. The brothers never spoke again. Rea Warner blamed Jack's treachery for her husband’s eventual stroke and death on July 25, 1958 in Los Angeles.
  • // 1960
    He was awarded a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame in 1960. It’s on the north side of the 6400 block of Hollywood Blvd.
  • // 2004
    ’Slippery Rock University’ of Pennsylvania holds an annual ‘Harry Warner Film Festival’ in the institution dedicated to his name. It opened in 2004.

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Harry Warner's FAQ

  • What is Harry Warner birthday?

    Harry Warner was born at 1881-12-12

  • When was Harry Warner died?

    Harry Warner was died at 1958-12-27

  • Where was Harry Warner died?

    Harry Warner was died in Los Angeles

  • Which age was Harry Warner died?

    Harry Warner was died at age 77

  • Where is Harry Warner's birth place?

    Harry Warner was born in Krasnosielc

  • What is Harry Warner nationalities?

    Harry Warner's nationalities is American

  • Who is Harry Warner spouses?

    Harry Warner's spouses is Rea Levinson

  • Who is Harry Warner siblings?

    Harry Warner's siblings is Albert Warner, Anna Warner, David Warner, Fannie Warner, Henry Warner, Jack Warner, Milton Warner, Rose Warner, Sadie Warner, Sam Warner

  • Who is Harry Warner childrens?

    Harry Warner's childrens is Betty Warner, Doris Warner, Lewis Warner

  • Which company or organization was founded by Harry Warner?

    Harry Warner was the founder/co-founder of Warner Bros. Entertainment, Warner Leisure Hotels

  • Who is Harry Warner's father?

    Harry Warner's father is Benjamin Warner

  • Who is Harry Warner's mother?

    Harry Warner's mother is Pearl Leah Eichelbaum

  • What is Harry Warner's sun sign?

    Harry Warner is Sagittarius

  • How famous is Harry Warner?

    Harry Warner is famouse as Executive