|Born||March 29, 1910
Tunnelton, West Virginia
|Died||June 5, 1961 (aged 51)
Larchmont, New York
|Known for||work with Frank Buck, Stanley Kubrick|
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. In 1952 he was placed in charge of RKO short subjects. He was executive vice president of RKO until he resigned in 1957 to open an independent production company.
- Lehrer, Steven (2006). Bring 'Em Back Alive: The Best of Frank Buck. Texas Tech University press. pp. x–xi. ISBN 0-89672-582-0.
- RB Austrian in RKO Post. New York Times. February 2, 1946
- RKO-Radio Pictures May Name Directors Within Next Two Days. Wall Street Journal October 28, 1952
- THOMAS M. PRYOR of local origin. New York Times. April 6, 1957, Saturday Page 19
- Jay Bonafield on the Internet Movie Database