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Alexander and Ilya Salkind
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    Alexander Salkind (June 2, 1921–March 8, 1997), born in Danzig
    Ilya Juan Salkind Domínguez (August 27, 1947- ), born in Mexico City
    Father and son filmmaking team
    Producers of the 'Superman' films (1978 - 83)
    Produced the films 'Bluebeard (1972),' 'The Three Musketeers (1973),' 'The Four Musketeers (1974),' and 'Christopher Columbus: The Discovery (1992)' - Joint projects
    Produced 'Black Jack (1950),' 'Daughter of the Regiment (1953),' 'Austerlitz (1960),' 'The Trial (1962),' 'Cervantes (1967),' 'Hot Line (1967),' and 'The Light on the Edge of the World (1971)' - Alexander only
    Ilya married and divorced three times, with each marriage producing at least one kid.
    They had a reputation for financing big budget movies despite being perpetually broke.
    They had to be talked out of trying to cast Muhammad Ali as Superman.
    They rarely financed film projects that weren't based on already preexisting franchise characters (Santa Claus: The Movie, anyone?)
    They treated Richard Donner shamelessly on the set of Superman and then replaced him with Richard Lester for the sequel after the first film turned out to be a hit (fans widely view this as dooming the film franchise before it even started).
    They were sued by the directors and cast/crew of their own films for nonpayment and breach of contract on multiple occasions (Richard Lester for 'Musketeers,' Brando for 'Superman,' etc.).
    Their litigious reputation was such a badly kept secret that they Ilya was served with a lawsuit from Mario Puzo as he walked into the Superman premiere.
    They broke up their partnership after the box office disaster 'Columbus: The Discovery,' which once again yielded a lawsuit (this time the plaintiff was Ilya himself - suing his own father for $10 million in unpaid loans).
    They tried to duplicate their success by adapting the 'Supergirl' comic to film, but it failed to capture the same energy (although the 'Superboy' franchise ran for 100 TV episodes).
    Alexander was an immigrant and the son of pioneer filmmaker Michael Salkind, who directed Greta Garbo's European film debut.
    Ilya was photographed sitting on the lap of Zsa Zsa Gabor at the age of one.
    Orson Welles- who directed for Alexander on 'The Trial' - enjoyed working with him despite admitting to their being constantly broke.
    Alexander's 1965 film 'Ballad in Blue' was for many their first introduction to Ray Charles.
    They are responsible for the first successful Comic Book superhero blockbuster ever made.
    DC Comics named them honorees in the 50th anniversary publication 'Fifty Who Made DC Great.'
    They inspired the Screen Actors Guild 'Salkind Clause' which is intended to guarantee that an acting contract for one film cannot be extended into two films without the consent of the actor.
    They had to put up with Marlon Brando's diva behavior for 'Superman' and 'Columbus.'

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