Gregory Ratoff

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Gregory Ratoff ([1] died December 14, 1960) was a Russian-born American film director, actor and producer. His most famous role as an actor was as producer Max Fabian in All About Eve (1950).


Ratoff was born in Samara, Russia to Jewish parents, Benjamin and Sophie Ratner, and arrived in the United States in 1922. He married actress Eugenie Leontovich in 1923 (they divorced in 1949). He returned to the United States, passing through Ellis Island in July 1925. On the steerage passenger list of the SS Mauretania he was listed as Gregoire Ratoff; for next of kin he listed his mother, Mme. Sophie Ratner of Paris. Ratoff directed Intermezzo (1939) and the pro-Soviet propaganda feature film Song of Russia (1944). He was one of the two producers (with Michael Garrison[2]) to have purchased and developed the original rights to the James Bond franchise from Ian Fleming in 1955.[3]


Ratoff died on December 14, 1960 from leukemia in Solothurn, Switzerland. His body was returned to the United States for burial at Mount Hebron Cemetery in Flushing, New York. Although divorced from Leontovich, Ratoff was buried under a gravestone marked Beloved Husband.





  1. ^ The Social Security Death Index gives Ratoff's date of birth as April 20, 1893; however his mother's naturalization papers at give his date of birth as April 7, 1895, and other sources, including his gravestone, cite April 20, 1897.
  2. ^ J.C. Macek III (October 4, 2012). "The Non-Bonds: James Bond's Bitter, Decades-Long Battle... with James Bond". PopMatters. Retrieved 2014-03-29. 
  3. ^ "Gregory Ratoff". Hollywood Walk of Fame. Retrieved 2014-03-29. 

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