Ross Hunter

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For the English cricketer, see Ross Hunter (cricketer). For the American politician, see Ross Hunter (politician).

Ross Hunter (May 6, 1920 – March 10, 1996) was a Hollywood film producer.[1]


Hunter was born in Cleveland, Ohio as Martin Fuss. After serving in Army intelligence during World War II, he signed a movie contract with Columbia Pictures and acted in a number of B-movie musicals. Success followed when he became a film producer attaining a staff producer post at Universal-International in 1953 on the strength of his previous credits as a theatrical producer and director. A gay man,[2] Hunter was known for producing what were considered 'light' films starring actresses including Doris Day, Debbie Reynolds (the Tammy films) and (later) Julie Andrews. He was also known for producing Douglas Sirk melodramas such as Imitation of Life with Lana Turner and several with Rock Hudson.

In 1970 he had a major box office hit with Airport. After the 1973 version of Lost Horizon flopped, he worked for Paramount Pictures on a string of television movies.

He died in Los Angeles in 1996.


  • "The way life looks in my pictures is how I want life to be. I don't want to hold a mirror up to life as it is".[2]

Selected filmography[edit]


  1. ^ THREE CHEERS FOR ROSS HUNTER Norma Lee Browning. Chicago Tribune (1963-Current file) [Chicago, Ill] 28 Apr 1968: g40.
  2. ^ a b David Shipman "Obituary: Ross Hunter", The Independent, March 13, 1996

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