21 Facts About Walter Mirisch


Walter Mortimer Mirisch was an American film producer.


Walter Mirisch was the president and executive head of production of The Mirisch Corporation, an independent film production company which he formed in 1957 with his brother, Marvin, and half-brother, Harold.


Walter Mirisch won the Academy Award for Best Picture as producer of In the Heat of the Night.


Walter Mirisch's father emigrated from Krakow, Poland in 1891 at the age of 17, arriving in New York City where he worked as a tailor.


Walter Mirisch's mother was the daughter of immigrants from Hungary and Poland.


Walter Mirisch's father was previously married to Flora Glasshut with whom he had two sons; she died of cancer at the age of 40.


Walter Mirisch was a summer vacation usher in Jersey City's State Theater, his first job associated with the movie business.


Walter Mirisch soon moved up to higher positions at other theaters.


Walter Mirisch moved to Burbank, California, to work at a bomber-plane plant, where he wrote technical articles, sharing knowledge with other military manufacturers.


Walter Mirisch produced his first film, Fall Guy, for Monogram Pictures.


At the age of 29, Walter Mirisch became production head at Allied Artists Studio, initially only a division of Monogram, with some 30 films to oversee.


Walter Mirisch headed that category of creative producers who learned their craft thoroughly from the very inception of a project through all phases of its production process.


Walter Mirisch was executive producer of Lily in Winter for the USA Network in 1994, A Class for Life for ABC in 1995, as well as The Magnificent Seven, a weekly series for CBS in 1997.


Walter Mirisch received the 1967 Academy Award for Best Picture for his production of In the Heat of the Night.


Walter Mirisch served three terms as president of the Producers Guild of America.


Walter Mirisch served four terms as President of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences.


Walter Mirisch was a former president and Governor of the Performing Arts Council of the Los Angeles Music Center, as well as a trustee of the Motion Picture and Television Fund.


Walter Mirisch was an Emeritus member of the board of directors of Cedars-Sinai Medical Center of Los Angeles, and the board of directors of the UCLA Foundation.


Walter Mirisch was decorated by the Republic of France with its Order of Arts and Letters in 1961.


On February 2,2008, Mirisch presented the Darryl F Zanuck Producer of the Year award at the 19th Annual Producers Guild of America Awards.


Walter Mirisch turned 100 on November 8,2021, and died of natural causes in Los Angeles on February 24,2023, at the age of 101.