(December 25, 1878-October 22, 1961)
Born in Rybinsk, Russia
Emigrated to US at age 15
Started out managing drugstores and amusement park concessions with his brother Nicholas
Early business partner of Marcus Loew
Chairman of United Artists (1924)
Co-founder (with Darryl F. Zanuck) and executive producer of Twentieth Century Fox (1933-1957)
Why he might be annoying
His wife Norma Talmadge addressed him as ‘Daddy.’
He dismissed talking pictures as a fad.
He was sentenced to a year in jail for tax evasion and union payoffs (1946).
He was pardoned by President Truman after serving only four months.
Louis B. Mayer called him ‘Joe Skunk.’
Why he might not be annoying
He was possibly the most powerful Hollywood executive of all time.
He helped make Buster Keaton a star.
His brother Nicholas also became a mogul, at rival studio MGM.
He may have been pressured by organized crime into paying off the studio union.
He was the mentor (and possible lover) of Marilyn Monroe.
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In 2013, Out of 13 Votes: 61.54% Annoying
In 2012, Out of 19 Votes: 73.68% Annoying
In 2011, Out of 14 Votes: 64.29% Annoying
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