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Harold Brent Wallis

Also Known As: "Aaron Blum Wolovitz", "Aaron B Wollowitch", "Harold Wolowitz"
Birthplace: Chicago, Cook County, Illinois, United States
Death: October 05, 1986 (87)
Rancho Mirage, Riverside, California, United States (Diabetes)
Place of Burial: Glendale, Los Angeles, California, United States
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Son of Jacob Jankiel Wolowitch and Eva Wolowitch
Husband of Louise Wallis and Martha Hyer
Father of Brent Wallis

Occupation: film producer
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About Hal B. Wallis

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Birth: Oct. 19, 1898 Chicago Cook County Illinois, USA

Death: Oct. 5, 1986 Rancho Mirage Riverside County California, USA

Motion Picture Producer. Among the most influential and successful producers in Hollywood history, he is responsible for such classic pictures as "The Maltese Falcon" (1941), "Yankee Doodle Dandy" (1941) and "Casablanca" (1942) in addition to many more. Born Aaron Blum Wolowitch to parents of Jewish heritage, his father abandoned his family during his youth and Hal was forced to leave school in order to support his family. At the age of fourteen he worked as an office boy, prior to finding a job as a traveling salesman. After moving to Hollywood in 1922, he landed a job as a manager of a motion picture theater. This led to him landing a position with Warner Brothers in their publicity department. In a short time he was department head followed by production executive. During his years at Warner Brothers the pictures "Little Caesar" (1931 which made Edward G. Robinson a star) "I Am a Fugitive From a Chain Gang" (1932 which made Paul Muni a star) and "Captain Blood" (1935 which made Errol Flynn a star) were released. Shortly after the picture "Casablanca" was released Wallis departed from Warner Brothers to form his own production company in association with Paramount. Under his entity the films "Come Back Little Sheba" (1952), "The Rose Tattoo" (1955) and "Barefoot in the Park" (1967) were released. The careers of Burt Lancaster, Kirk Douglas, Dean Martin, Jerry Lewis and Elvis Presley were furthered due to Wallis' efforts. He was married to actress Louise Fazenda until her death and later to actress Martha Hyer until his death. He died of complications from diabetes. (bio by: C.S.)

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  • Louise Fazenda (1896 - 1962)*
  • Martha Hyer (1924 - 2014)*
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Cause of death: Cardiac arrest

Burial: Forest Lawn Memorial Park (Glendale) Glendale Los Angeles County California, USA Plot: Great Mausoleum, Sanctuary of Truth

Maintained by: Find A Grave Record added: May 16, 1999 Find A Grave Memorial# 5455

Harold Brent "Hal" Wallis (September 14, 1898 – October 5, 1986) was an American film producer. He is best remembered for producing Casablanca (1942), and other films for Warner Bros. featuring such film stars as Bette Davis and Errol Flynn. Later, for a long period, he was connected with Paramount Pictures and oversaw films featuring Dean Martin, Jerry Lewis, Elvis Presley, and John Wayne.


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Hal B. Wallis's Timeline

October 19, 1898
Chicago, Cook County, Illinois, United States
October 5, 1986
Age 87
Rancho Mirage, Riverside, California, United States
Forest Lawn Memorial Park (Glendale), Glendale, Los Angeles, California, United States