Self-proclaimed colossus of filmdom who did indeed produce, import, or distribute some of Hollywood's formative films.
He worked in the clothing industry before entering the movie business and did not achieve any notable success until well into his 50s.
He not only brought his wealth to Hollywood films like Godzilla, The Producers, and Fellini's 8 1/2, but he displayed his conspicuous wealth with 100-foot yachts and enviable art collections.
His family was residing in Boston, Massachusetts, when he was born.
His 1966 The Oscar, featuring the singer Tony Bennett in his film debut, was widely considered one of the worst films ever made.