B. B. Kahane

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B.B. Kahane
Born (1891-11-30)November 30, 1891
Chicago, Illinois, U.S.
Died September 18, 1960(1960-09-18) (aged 68)
Las Vegas, Nevada
Education Kent College of Law
Occupation Producer, Director
Spouse(s) Yes
Children 2

Benjamin "BB" Kahane (born November 30, 1891 in Chicago; d. September 18, 1960 in Las Vegas, Nevada) was an American film producer.

Career[edit]

After graduating from the Chicago-Kent College of Law in 1912, Kahane practiced several years as a lawyer. He entered the motion picture industry in 1919, he first worked as a consultant in legal matters and was promoted to general counsel, secretary and treasurer and member of the Orpheum Circuit, Inc.

When the Orpheum Circuit amalgamated with Keith-Albee in November 1928, he became secretary and treasurer of Radio-Keith-Orpheum. In April 1932 he became vice-president of RKO and president of RKO-Studios, Inc. and RKO Pathé Pictures Inc., in active charge of RKO Studios. Serving first as executive film producer, for the film A Women Rebels, 1936) with Katharine Hepburn.

He later resigned from RKO in August 1936, and joined Columbia as vice-president in 1938 and produced Charles Vidor's The Lady in Question (1940), the first joint film of Rita Hayworth and Glenn Ford.

In 1959 he was elected president of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences. He held this office until his death the following year.

Filmography[edit]

Awards[edit]

  • 1957: Mr. Kahane received the Oscar Academy Honorary Award for distinguished service to the motion picture industry.

Notes[edit]

References[edit]

  • Benjamin B. Kahane In: William R. Denslow, Foreword by Harry S. Truman: 10,000 Famous Freemasons" Volume III, K - P, Published by Macoy Publishing Inc., Richmond, Virginia, Publishing, 1957-2004, p 1

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Non-profit organization positions
Preceded by
George Stevens
President of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences
1959–1960
Succeeded by
Valentine Davies