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John Calley

John Calley is a Hollywood movie mogul and beloved veteran producer. Calley began his ascent through the ranks of the entertainment industry in 1951 with NBC. He held a variety of jobs over his six-year stint with the Peacock. By 1957, Calley had moved onto Henry Jaffe Enterprises where he produced such classic American television shows including The Chevrolet Variety Hour with Dinah Shore, The Shirley Temple Storybook and The Bell Telephone TV Hour. After a few years as advertising executive, he signed on as Executive Vice President at Filmways, Inc, where he developed feature films and television shows and produced of a number of feature films including The Loved One, The Cincinnati Kid, Castle Keep and Catch-22.

Calley joined Warner Bros. in 1968, where he held a variety of positions over the next 13 years ranging from President, Vice Chairman and Executive Vice President of World-Wide Production. While he was at the helm, Warner released such acclaimed films as Dirty Harry, A Clockwork Orange, McCabe And Mrs. Miller, Deliverance, Enter The Dragon, Mean Streets, The Exorcist, Blazing Saddles, The Towering Inferno, Dog Day Afternoon, Superman, and Chariots of Fire. In 1981, Calley moved to independent production partnering with Mike Nichols on such films as Postcards from the Edge and Remains of the Day. He returned to the executive suite as President and Chief Operating Officer of United Artists Pictures overseeing the production of The Birdcage, Goldeneye, Leaving Las Vegas and Rob Roy.

In 1996, Calley joined Sony Pictures Entertainment as Chairman and Chief Executive Officer, a position he held until last year, when he returned to independent production. His first film Closer will be followed by an adaptation of the international best-seller The Da Vinci Code, to be directed by Ron Howard.

Note: This profile was written in or before 2004.

John Calley Facts

BirthplaceJersey City, New Jersey, USA

Selected Filmography

Not available.