Harold Mirisch

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Harold Mirisch
Born(1907-05-04)May 4, 1907
Died(1968-12-05)December 5, 1968 (age 61)
OccupationFilm producer
Spouse(s)Lottie Mandell
Parent(s)Flora Glasshut Mirisch
Max Mirisch

Harold Mirisch (1907–1968) was an American film production company executive.

Early life[edit]

He was born on May 4, 1907 in New York, New York,[1] one of two sons born to Flora (née Glasshut) and Max Mirisch.[2][3] His father emigrated from Krakow in 1891 at the age of 17 arriving in New York City where he worked as a tailor.[3] His mother was the daughter of immigrants; she died of cancer at the age of 40 and his father remarried to Josephine Frances Urbach with whom he had two sons.[3] He was the brother of Irving Mirisch and half-brother of Marvin Mirisch and Walter Mirisch.[2]


At the age of 14, Mirisch worked as an office boy at Warner Brothers in New York City.[4] In 1938, at the prodding of a Warner executive, he moved to Memphis where he learned the theater management side of the business.[4][3] In 1942, he joined R.K.O. Theaters in New York City and was in charge of booking their circuit.[4] In 1947, he moved to Los Angeles with his brothers to produce low‐budget films for Allied Artists.[4] He made a fortune in the Midwest thanks to the Theater Candy Company, which sold candies to moviegoers.[5]

He moved to California, and served as Vice President of Allied Artists, a film production company.[5] He was an uncredited executive producer on Beachhead in 1954.[1] In 1957, together with his brothers Marvin and Walter, he co-founded The Mirisch Company, one of the leading independent production companies, and served as its President.[2][6][7][8][9]

Personal life and death[edit]

In 1928, he married Lottie Mandell; they had two children, Maxine Mirisch Segal and Robert Mirisch.[3] Prior to his death on December 5, 1968, in Beverly Hills, Mirisch lived in Palm Springs, California.[1][6][10]

His grandson, John A. Mirisch, served as the Mayor of Beverly Hills, California from March 2013 to March 2014.[11]


  1. ^ a b c imdb
  2. ^ a b c Douglas Martin, Marvin Mirisch, 84, Hollywood Producer of 60's, The New York Times, November 20, 2002
  3. ^ a b c d e Mirisch, Walter. "I Thought We Were Making Movies, Not History". University of Wisconsin Press. Retrieved October 7, 2018.
  4. ^ a b c d New York Times: "Colleagues Cite Harold Mirisch As Movie Pioneer of the Year" November 24, 1964
  5. ^ a b Tony Curtis, The Making of Some Like It Hot: My Memories of Marilyn Monroe and the Classic American Movie, John Wiley & Sons, 2009 [1]
  6. ^ a b Tino Balio, United Artists, Volume 2, 1951–1978: The Company That Changed the Film Industry, Madison, Wisconsin: University of Wisconsin Press, 2009, p. 191 [2]
  7. ^ Gary Morris (ed.), Action!: Interviews With Directors from Classical Hollywood to Contemporary Iran, Anthem Press, 2009, p. 53 [3]
  8. ^ Nick Dawson, Being Hal Ashby: Life of a Hollywood Rebel, Louisville, Kentucky: University Press of Kentucky, 2009
  9. ^ Gene Phillips, Some Like It Wilder: The Life and Controversial Films of Billy Wilder, Louisville, Kentucky: University Press of Kentucky, 2010, p. 253 [4]
  10. ^ Meeks, Eric G. (2012). The Best Guide Ever to Palm Springs Celebrity Homes. Horatio Limburger Oglethorpe. p. 73. ISBN 978-1479328598.
  11. ^ John A. Mirisch's campaign website Archived 2013-04-16 at the Wayback Machine.