March 31, 1901|
November 4, 1958 (aged 57)|
|Cause of death||Heart attack|
|Resting place||Hillside Memorial Park, Culver City, California|
|Occupation||Film producer, film editor|
Born to a Jewish family, he began his career at 16 as a film editor at Metro Studios. He remained with Metro when the studio merged with Goldwyn Pictures and with Mayer Pictures in 1924 to become Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer. Among the films he edited at MGM was Lon Chaney's While the City Sleeps (1928).
He was promoted to assistant producer in 1929 and full producer in 1936. He produced the films King Solomon's Mines (1950) and Quo Vadis (1951), both of which received Academy Award nominations for Best Picture. He also was the producer for the 1944 film Thirty Seconds Over Tokyo, the story of the Doolittle Raiders.
Zimbalist died suddenly of a heart attack In Italy, while working on MGM's most elaborate production until that time, the 1959 epic Ben-Hur. He was buried at the Hillside Memorial Park in Culver City, California. He received a posthumous Oscar for the film, and remains the only person to ever posthumously receive a Best Picture award. His Oscar was accepted by his wife Mary Zimbalist, who made a speech in honor of her late husband.
He married to Margaret C. Donovan in 1924. They divorced in 1950. Zimbalist then married Mary Taylor, a former fashion model and actress, in 1952.
- The Unchastened Woman (1925) (editor)
- Johnny Get Your Hair Cut (1927) (editor)
- The Bugle Call (1927) (editor)
- While the City Sleeps (1928) (editor)
- Married Before Breakfast (1937)
- London by Night (1937)
- Navy Blue and Gold (1937)
- Paradise for Three (1938)
- The Crowd Roars (1938)
- Tarzan Finds a Son (1939)
- Lady of the Tropics (1939)
- These Glamour Girls (1939)
- Boom Town (1940)
- Tortilla Flat (1940)
- 30 Seconds Over Tokyo (1944)
- Adventure (1945)
- Killer McCoy (1947)
- Side Street (1949)
- King Solomon's Mines (1950)
- Too Young to Kiss (1951)
- Quo Vadis? (1951)
- Mogambo (1953)
- Beau Brummell (1954)
- Tribute to a Bad Man (1956)
- The Catered Affair (1956)
- The Barretts of Wimpole Street (1957)
- I Accuse! (1959)
- Ben Hur (1959)
- Birth year according naturalisation papers. "Ancestry.com".
- Obituary Variety, November 12, 1958.
- "Whither Quo Vadis?: Sienkiewicz's Novel in Film and Television" By Ruth Scodel and Anja Bettenworth p. 215
- Sam Zimbalist at Find a Grave
- Natalie Finn (January 27, 2009). "Rare and Extraordinary" Oscar Noms for Pollack, Minghella". E! Online.
- "Paid Death Notices: Mary Taylor Zimbalist". New York Times. June 29, 2008. p. 25. Retrieved November 13, 2008.