Mike Medavoy

Mike Medavoy

Highest Rated: 100% Easy Riders---Raging Bulls (2003)

Lowest Rated: 4% Shanghai (2015)

Birthday: Jan 21, 1941

Birthplace: Not Available

From agent to studio chief to producer, Mike Medavoy has been involved with over 300 feature films, of which 16 have been nominated and 7 have won Best Picture Oscars, as well as numerous international film festival awards. Medavoy began his career at Universal Studios in 1964. He rose from the mailroom to become a casting director. In 1965, he became an agent at General Artist Corporation and then vice president at Creative Management Agency. Joining International Famous Agency as vice president in charge of the motion picture department in 1971, he worked with such prestigious clients as Steven Spielberg, Francis Ford Coppola, Terrence Malick, Jane Fonda, Donald Sutherland, Gene Wilder, Jeanne Moreau, and Jean-Louis Trintignant. United Artists brought him in as senior vice president of production in 1974 where he was part of the team responsible for One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest, Rocky, and Annie Hall, which won Best Picture Oscars in 1975, 1976, and 1977, respectively. Other notable films included Apocalypse Now, Raging Bull, Network and Coming Home. In 1978, Medavoy co-founded Orion Pictures where, during his tenure, Platoon, Amadeus, Robocop, Hannah and Her Sisters, The Terminator, Dances with Wolves and Silence of the Lambs were released. In 1990, after twelve successful years at Orion, Medavoy became chairman of TriStar Pictures, where he oversaw such critically-acclaimed box office hits as Philadelphia, Terminator 2: Judgment Day, Sleepless in Seattle, Cliffhanger, The Fisher King, Legends of the Fall and Steven Spielberg's Hook. As chairman and co-founder of Phoenix Pictures, Medavoy has brought to the screen The People vs. Larry Flynt, The Mirror Has Two Faces, U-Turn, Apt Pupil, The Thin Red Line, The 6th Day, Basic, Holes, All the King's Men, Zodiac, Pathfinder and Miss Potter, among others. These films have received numerous nominations, won two Golden Bears at the Berlin Film Festival, five Golden Satellite Awards, a cinematography award for John Toll from the ASC and nominations from the DGA and WGA for Terrence Malick. The Thin Red Line and The People vs. Larry Flint each received Oscar nominations. Shutter Island, a film directed by Martin Scorsese and starring Leonardo Di Caprio, Mark Ruffalo, Ben Kingsley and Max Von Sydow, was released on February 19, 2010, earning over $42 million in its opening weekend. Also this year, Medavoy served as executive producer of the documentary The Wildest Dream and producer of the film Shanghai, starring John Cusack and Gong Li. In December of 2010, Phoenix Pictures released Darren Aronofsky's Black Swan starring Natalie Portman, Vincent Cassel and Mila Kunis. The film won numerous awards including the Oscar and Golden Globe for Best Actress (Natalie Portman) as well as the Independent Film Spirit Award for Best Feature, Best Director (Darren Arnofosky), Best Female Lead (Natalie Portman) and Best Cinematography (Matthew Libatique). In 2011, Medavoy announced his newest project surrounding the Chilean mining accident that left 33 men trapped underground for 69 days. Also in 2011, Medavoy also announced his collaboration with The Shanghai Film Group to create both a feature film and six-hour miniseries. The feature, an adaptation of the novel The Cursed Piano, is a love story set in Japanese-occupied China concerning prosecuted Jews seeking refuge from an occupied Europe. The mini-series, Tears of a Sparrow, will focus in greater detail on the experience of these Jews in Shanghai. Medavoy has received numerous awards including the 1992 Motion Picture Pioneer of the Year Award, the 1997 Career Achievement Award from UCLA, and the Lifetime Achievement Award (1998) at the Cannes Film Festival. He was awarded the 1999 UCLA Neil H. Jacoby Award, which honors individuals who have made exceptional contributions to humanity. Medavoy also received the inaugural Fred Zinnemann Award (2001), presented by the Anti-Defamation League, the Israel Film Festival's Lifetime Achievement Award (2002), as well as a Career Achievement Award from the University of Central Florida (2002). In 2004, he received the Louis B. Mayer Motion Picture Business Leader of the Year Award from Florida Atlantic University and in 2005, he was the recipient of UCLA School of Theater, Film and Television and Producers Guild of America Vision Award. Also in 2005, Medavoy was inducted into the Hollywood Walk of Fame and received a star on Hollywood Boulevard. In 2007, he received the Stella Adler Actors Studio Marlon Brando Award and in 2008, a Lifetime Achievement Award from the Jerusalem Film Foundation. In 2009, he was given the Honorary Doctorate at the Academy of Art in San Francisco and was named Chevalier of the French Government's Legion of Honor. He was also awarded the Locarno Film Festival Award in 2011. Medavoy has also served as chairman of the jury of the Tokyo Film Festival, advisor to the Shanghai Film Festival and advisor to the St. Petersburg Festival. He was a member of the board of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts & Sciences from 1977 to 1981. Medavoy is also one of the original founding members of the board of governors of the Sundance Institute (1978) and is chairman emeritus of the American Cinematheque and the Stella Adler Actors Studio in New York. Throughout his career, Mike Medavoy has also been active in politics. In 1984, he was Co-Finance Chair of the Gary Hart campaign. He also actively participated in President Clinton's campaigns in 1992 and 1996. In 2008, he supported the candidacy of Barack Obama, and his wife, Irena, was the Co-Finance Chair. Mike Medavoy had been closely involved in Marlon Brando's life for many years. As a good friend, Mike and Marlon spent time together until his death in 2004 . Mike was named as one of the co-executors of Marlon's estate. Today, Mike continues to honor this commitment at the request of Marlon and also presides over the Brando label. Mike was born in Shanghai, China in 1941 of Russian-Jewish parents and lived in Chile from 1947 to 1957. He graduated from UCLA in 1963. He is married to Irena Medavoy, a founder of Team Safe-T and a charity executive and fundraiser for the Industry Task Force. Mike Medavoy has two sons, Brian and Nicholas, and resides in Beverly Hills, California. -- (C) Mike Medavoy


Highest Rated Movies



18% Absolutely Anything Executive Producer $0.7M 2017
50% The Promise Producer $8.2M 2017
No Score Yet John G. Avildsen: King of the Underdogs Actor 2017
48% The 33 Producer $9.2M 2015
4% Shanghai Producer $45.2K 2015
No Score Yet The Last Voyage of Demeter Producer 2015
84% Seduced And Abandoned Actor 2013
23% What to Expect When You're Expecting Producer $41.2M 2012
No Score Yet Unauthorized: The Harvey Weinstein Project Actor 2011
85% Black Swan Producer $107M 2010
77% The Wildest Dream: Conquest of Everest Executive Producer $0.9M 2010
68% Shutter Island Producer $125.1M 2010
No Score Yet Nick Nolte: No Exit Actor 2009
60% Resurrecting the Champ Producer $3M 2007
7% License to Wed Producer $43.9M 2007
89% Zodiac Producer $33.1M 2007
67% Miss Potter Producer $2.9M 2007
10% Pathfinder Producer $10.3M 2007
12% All The King's Men Producer $7.3M 2006
12% Stealth Producer $31.8M 2005
23% In My Country Producer 2005
No Score Yet The American Ruling Class Actor 2005
78% Holes Producer $67.4M 2003
21% Basic Producer $26.6M 2003
100% Easy Riders---Raging Bulls Actor 2003
No Score Yet In the Time of the Butterflies Executive Producer 2003
No Score Yet The Outsider Producer Executive Producer 2002
41% The 6th Day Producer $33.9M 2000
67% Soul of the Game Executive Producer 1996


68% Altered Carbon
Executive Producer 2018
77% The Long Road Home
Executive Producer 2017
No Score Yet The Chris Isaak Show
Executive Producer


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