Gerald R. Molen

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Gerald R. Molen
Gerald R. Molen by Gage Skidmore.jpg
Molen in 2014
Born
Gerald Robert Molen

(1935-01-06) January 6, 1935 (age 87)
Great Falls, Montana, United States
NationalityAmerican
OccupationFilm producer
Notable workJurassic Park
Schindler's List
Various other films of Steven Spielberg or Amblin Entertainment
Parent(s)Gerald Richard Molen
Edith Lorraine
AwardsAcademy Award for Best Picture

Gerald Robert "Jerry" Molen (born January 6, 1935) is an American film producer and actor. He has worked closely with Steven Spielberg, having produced five of his films, and won an Academy Award for co-producing Schindler's List. In 2019, Movicorp announced[1] Molen will be producing Sweet By and By,[2] a multi-racial southern gothic romantic thriller; and in 2021, Molen began initial preparations[3] of the mini-series. Molen is now semi-retired and spends his time alternating between 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 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 2016: Obama's America, a documentary film critical of American President Barack Obama, during the 2012 presidential campaign.[6][7]

In 2016, when 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 called the idea of a boycott "ridiculous." "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.[9]

Filmography[edit]

References[edit]

  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 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]

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