Gerald R. Molen

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Gerald R. Molen
Born Gerald Robert Molen
(1935-01-06) January 6, 1935 (age 80)
Great Falls, Montana
Nationality American
Occupation Film producer
Notable work Schindler's List
Religion The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints
Parent(s) Gerald Richard Molen
Edith Lorraine
Awards Academy Award for Best Picture

Gerald Robert Molen (born January 6, 1935) is an American film producer. He has worked closely with Steven Spielberg, having produced five of his films, and won an Academy Award for co-producing Schindler's List. Molen is now semi-retired and spends his time alternating between Montana and Las Vegas, Nevada.[1]

Life and career[edit]

Molen was born in Great Falls, Montana, the son of Edith Lorraine (née Meyer) and Gerald Richard Molen.[2] 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 got his start in the movie business by changing tires on studio trucks.

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. The name 'Molen' can be seen painted on the front of a large black cauldron in the movie Hook as the camera pans across the pirate docks in Neverland.

Molen produced a documentary film critical of Obama, 2016: Obama's America, during the 2012 presidential campaign.[3][4]

In 2012 Molen was prohibited from speaking to high school students in Montana by the principal who described him as a "right-wing conservative." The cancellation of his presentation resulted in widespread criticism of the principal. The school district superintendent regretted the principal's decision saying, "...that's not how we treat people."[5]

Molen is an active member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.[6]



  1. ^ Rivera, Jeff (June 6, 2010). "Talking with Oscar Winning Producer, Gerald R. Molen (LISTEN)". Huffington Post. Retrieved August 7, 2011. 
  2. ^ "Gerald R. Molen Biography (1935–)". Retrieved September 4, 2011. 
  3. ^ [1] Washington Post
  4. ^ [2] Anti-Obama Doc
  5. ^ Todd Starnes, "School Bans 'Schindler's List' Producer for Being Conservative," June 8, 2012, Fox News, at [3].
  6. ^ Church News, September 6, 2003.[full citation needed]

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