Sam Zimbalist (March 31, 1904, New York – November 4, 1958, Rome, Italy) was an American film producer.
Early life 
He began his career at 16 as a film cutter at Metro Studios. He remained with Metro when the studio merged with Goldwyn Pictures and with Mayer Pictures in 1924 to become Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer. Among the films he edited at MGM was Lon Chaney's While the City Sleeps (1928).
Film producer 
He was promoted to assistant producer in 1929 and full producer in 1936. He produced the films King Solomon's Mines (1950) and Quo Vadis (1951), both of which received Academy Award nominations for Best Picture.
Zimbalist died suddenly of a heart attack while working on MGM's most elaborate production until that time, the 1959 epic Ben-Hur. He received a posthumous Oscar for the film, and remains the only person to ever posthumously receive a Best Picture award.
He married to Margaret C. Donovan in 1924. They divorced in 1950. Zimbalist then married Mary Taylor, a former fashion model and actress, in 1952.
- ^ Obituary Variety, November 12, 1958.
- ^ Natalie Finn (27 January 2009). "Rare and Extraordinary" Oscar Noms for Pollack, Minghella". E! Online.
- ^ "Paid Death Notices: Mary Taylor Zimbalist". New York Times. June 29, 2008. p. 25. Retrieved November 13, 2008.
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