Samuel Z. Arkoff (Film Producer)

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Samuel Z. Arkoff

Samuel Zachary Arkoff was an American producer of B movies.

Born: Samuel Zachary Arkoff, 12 June 1918, Fort Dodge, Iowa, U.S.
Died: September 16, 2001, Burbank, California, U.S.
Occupation: Film producer
Known for: co-founder of American International Pictures
Spouse(s): Hilda Rusoff
Children: Louis Arkoff, Donna Arkoff Roth
IMDb: Samuel Z. Arkoff’s IMDb

About Samuel Z. Arkoff

Producer of low-budget but popular B-movies like Blacula and I Was a Teenage Werewolf, which starred a young Michael Landon.

Before Fame

He was a producer on The Hank McCune Show, the sitcom that first used a laugh track instead of a live studio audience.

Achievement

He religiously followed his credo of never spending too much for any film, and he eschewed using established stars in favor of making his own, helping Landon and Charles Bronson break out.

Family Life

He was born in Fort Dodge, Iowa, the son of Russian immigrants who ran a clothing store.

Associations

He worked as a lawyer in the 1950s, representing many on Hollywood’s fringe with his best-known clients coming from Ed Wood.

Information related to Samuel Z. Arkoff

  • American film production company founders
  • Businesspeople from Iowa

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