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Gerald R. Molen

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Gerald R. Molen
Molen in 2014
Gerald Robert Molen

(1935-01-06) January 6, 1935 (age 89)
OccupationFilm producer
Notable workJurassic Park
Schindler's List
Various other films of Steven Spielberg or Amblin Entertainment
AwardsAcademy Award for Best Picture

Gerald Robert "Jerry" Molen (born January 6, 1935) is an American film producer. In 2019, Movicorp announced[1] Molen will be producing Sweet By and By,[2] southern gothic romantic thriller; and in 2021, Molen began initial preparations[3] for the mini-series. Molen is now semi-retired and spends his time traveling between his native Montana and Las Vegas, Nevada.[4]

Life and career[edit]

Molen was born in Great Falls, Montana, the son of Edith Lorraine (née Meyer) and Gerald Richard Molen.[5] He grew up in North Hollywood, California, after moving from Montana, with a number of younger brothers and sisters. His mother ran a diner, "The Blue Onion", which was located across from one of the major studios. Molen has appeared in supporting roles or cameos in several of the films he has produced, including Rain Man, Days of Thunder, and Jurassic Park.

Molen produced 2016: Obama's America, a documentary critical of American President Barack Obama, during the 2012 presidential campaign.[6][7] He also produced a later follow-up, Hillary's America: The Secret History of the Democratic Party, a 2016 documentary that was heavily panned, winning four of the five Golden Raspberry Awards for which it was nominated, including Worst Picture, the first documentary to do so.

In 2016, with a second consecutive year of an all-white Oscar nominee list brought accusations of discrimination in Hollywood and the threat of an Oscar boycott, Molen argued that racism in the film industry was not a matter of concern. "There is no racism except for those who create an issue,” he said. “That is the worst kind. Using such an ugly way of complaining.”[8]

Molen is an active member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints and is a conservative.[9][10]



  1. ^ Molen Joins 'Sweet By and By' as Exec Producer Newswire.com, Mar 1, 2019
  2. ^ 'Sweet By and By' Limited series Movicorp.com,
  3. ^ 'Sweet By and By' TV Mini series Archived October 1, 2021, at the Wayback Machine IMDB.com,
  4. ^ Rivera, Jeff (June 6, 2010). "Talking with Oscar Winning Producer, Gerald R. Molen (LISTEN)". Huffington Post. Retrieved August 7, 2011.
  5. ^ "Gerald R. Molen Biography (1935–)". FilmReference.com. Retrieved September 4, 2011.
  6. ^ [1] Washington Post
  7. ^ [2][dead link] Anti-Obama Doc
  8. ^ Oscar boycott call drives wedge in Hollywood Fox News, Jan 23, 2016
  9. ^ Church News, September 6, 2003.[full citation needed]
  10. ^ In liberal Hollywood, a conservative minority faces backlash in the age of Trump LA Times, March 11, 2017

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