Jay Bonafield

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Jay Bonafield
Born March 29, 1910
Tunnelton, West Virginia
Died June 5, 1961 (aged 51)
Larchmont, New York
Nationality US
Occupation film producer
Known for work with Frank Buck, Stanley Kubrick
Spouse(s) Mae Bonafield

William Jay Bonafield (March 29, 1910 – June 5, 1961) was a producer who edited Frank Buck's film Jungle Cavalcade.[1]

Jay Bonafield was the son of Hugh William Bonafield (1876–1939) and Berta C. Montgomery Bonafield (1878–1965). Jay was educated in local schools, and left school after eighth grade, according to the 1940 US Census. Jay joined Pathé News in 1931. In 1941 he edited Frank Buck's Jungle Cavalcade. In 1946 Bonafield was named vice president of RKO-Pathé in charge of non-newsreel productions.[2] In 1952 he was placed in charge of RKO short subjects.[3] He was executive vice president of RKO until he resigned in 1957 to open an independent production company.[4]

Bonafield was a producer of the first film Stanley Kubrick directed, Day of the Fight.


  1. ^ Lehrer, Steven (2006). Bring 'Em Back Alive: The Best of Frank Buck. Texas Tech University press. pp. x–xi. ISBN 0-89672-582-0. 
  2. ^ RB Austrian in RKO Post. New York Times. February 2, 1946
  3. ^ RKO-Radio Pictures May Name Directors Within Next Two Days. Wall Street Journal October 28, 1952
  4. ^ THOMAS M. PRYOR of local origin. New York Times. April 6, 1957, Saturday Page 19

External links[edit]

  • Jay Bonafield on the Internet Movie Database [1]