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Avi Arad

Highest Rated:   94% Iron Man (2008)
Lowest Rated:   9% Fantastic Four (2015)
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Birthplace:   Ramat Gan, Israel
Israeli-American entrepreneur Avi Arad underwent numerous career changes before landing on the top of the Hollywood heap as the world's chief megaproducer of superhero-themed films -- and an extremely wealthy one at that. Early pre-studio jobs for Arad included being a soldier in the Israeli army, a toy designer, and a rental-car salesman; in time, he became one of Tinseltown's most powerful players. The Cyprus-born Arad reportedly learned to read by studying comic books as a young boy, which foreshadowed his subsequent involvement with the Marvel corporation. He emigrated from the Middle East to the U.S. in 1967 after fighting in the Arab-Israeli Six-Day War, then set to work as a toy manufacturer in the early '70s, where he met future business partner Isaac Perlmutter, then a buyer of liquidated product. In time, a friendship blossomed between the two; after Perlmutter established himself as a corporate raider in the 1980s, the men joined forces in 1990 to acquire the Canadian Toy Biz company, and won a bid for an extremely profitable contract to manufacture Marvel toys. When Marvel filed for Chapter 11 in the late '90s, Perlmutter and Arad made a now-famous 320-million-dollar offer for the corporate giant (cash on the table) and eventually won Marvel in a legal shoot-out. Beginning shortly after that acquisition, Arad used the movie division of the company and legendary licensing deals to help turn Marvel around from a bankrupt institution to one of the most lucrative and respected purveyors of filmed entertainment. Whereas Perlmutter dealt primarily with the financial end of the company, Arad demonstrated heightened interest in the creative end of movie production, making a host of inside decisions on every Marvel superhero picture. Under his aegis, the studio created such blockbusters as Blade (1998), Spider-Man (2002), X2: X-Men United (2003), Fantastic Four (2005), and The Incredible Hulk (2008).

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Highest Rated Movies

Filmography

MOVIES

RATING TITLE CREDIT BOX OFFICE YEAR
No Score Yet Uncharted
  • Producer
2017
46% Ghost in the Shell
  • Producer
$39.2M 2017
No Score Yet Popeye
  • Producer
2017
No Score Yet The Sinister Six
  • Producer
2016
9% Fantastic Four
  • Executive Producer
$49.2M 2015
52% The Amazing Spider-Man 2
  • Producer
$183.3M 2014
No Score Yet Cody the Robosapien
  • Producer
  • Screenwriter
2013
79% Iron Man 3
  • Producer
$409.0M 2013
72% The Amazing Spider-Man
  • Producer
$262.1M 2012
17% Ghost Rider: Spirit of Vengeance
  • Producer
$51.8M 2012
72% Iron Man 2
  • Executive Producer
$312.1M 2010
38% X-Men Origins - Wolverine
  • Executive Producer
$179.8M 2009
67% The Incredible Hulk
  • Producer
  • Executive Producer
$134.6M 2008
94% Iron Man
  • Executive Producer
  • Producer
$318.3M 2008
9% Bratz: The Movie
  • Producer
$9.9M 2007
37% Fantastic Four: Rise of the Silver Surfer
  • Producer
$131.8M 2007
No Score Yet Doctor Strange
  • Executive Producer
  • Producer
2007
63% Spider-Man 3
  • Producer
$336.6M 2007
No Score Yet The Killing Floor
  • Executive Producer
2007
26% Ghost Rider
  • Producer
  • Executive Producer
$115.9M 2007
No Score Yet The Invincible Iron Man
  • Executive Producer
2007
No Score Yet Ultimate Avengers II
  • Executive Producer
2006
58% X-Men: The Last Stand
  • Producer
$234.3M 2006
No Score Yet Ultimate Avengers: The Movie
  • Executive Producer
2006
27% Fantastic Four
  • Producer
$154.5M 2005
10% Elektra
  • Producer
$24.1M 2005
17% Man-Thing
  • Producer
2005
25% Blade: Trinity
  • Executive Producer
$52.5M 2004
No Score Yet Making the Amazing (Making the Amazing: Spider-Man 2)
  • Actor
2004
93% Spider-Man 2
  • Producer
$373.4M 2004
29% The Punisher
  • Producer
$33.7M 2004
No Score Yet Spider-Man 2.1 (Extended Cut)
  • Producer
2004
61% Hulk
  • Producer
$132.2M 2003
86% X2: X-Men United
  • Executive Producer
$214.9M 2003
44% Daredevil
  • Producer
$102.5M 2003
89% Spider-Man
  • Executive Producer
$403.8M 2002
57% Blade II
  • Executive Producer
$82.0M 2002
81% X-Men
  • Executive Producer
$156.2M 2000
54% Blade
  • Executive Producer
1998
No Score Yet Nick Fury: Agent of S.H.I.E.L.D.
  • Executive Producer
1998
No Score Yet Generation X
  • Producer
1996

TV

RATING TITLE CREDIT YEAR
No Score Yet Tarzan and Jane
2016
  • Screenwriter
  • Executive Producer
  • 2017
No Score Yet Kong: King of the Apes
2016
  • Executive Producer
  • Producer
  • 2016

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