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Harry Cohn
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Entrepreneur
    (July 23, 1891-February 27, 1958)
    Born in New York City, New York
    Co-founder and president of Columbia Pictures (1923-58)
    He reportedly borrowed the money to buy out his partners from mobster Abner Zwillman.
    He admired Mussolini and kept a signed picture of the dictator on his desk until World War II broke out.
    One employee said he ran the studio 'like a police state.'
    He was a major exploiter of the casting couch.
    He said, 'I don't have ulcers, I give them.'
    Although he was Jewish, he responded to an appeal from a Jewish relief agency with, 'How about relief from the Jews! All the trouble in this world is caused by Jews and Irishmen.'
    At his well-attended funeral, Red Skelton commented, 'It proves what Harry always said: Give the public what they want, and they'll come out for it.'
    Although he would yell and swear at directors and actors in his office all day, he was charming and gracious to them at social events after work.
    He considered The Three Stooges good luck charms and kept them on the studio payroll until 1957, even as the short film market dried up.
    Broderick Crawford's performances in 'All the King's Men' and 'Born Yesterday' (both Columbia releases) were reportedly based on Cohn's brash style.
    While he ran Columbia, the studio never finished a year in the red.

Credit: C. Fishel


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