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Guy McElwaine
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Guy McElwaine

As an agent and executive, Guy McElwaine has played a key role in such iconic films as E.T., The Extra Terrestrial, Close Encounters of the Third Kind, and the Alien film series, as well as The Towering Inferno and Basic Instinct. Early in his career, McElwaine spent a number of years running his own management and public relations company. He represented such widely diversified stars as Frank Sinatra, Judy Garland, The Righteous Brothers, The Mamas and the Papas and Warren Beatty.

In 1969, McElwaine was named Vice-Chairman of International Creative Management (ICM), and soon after took charge of the entire agency's motion picture activity, becoming president of its international sales division. He interrupted his tenure at ICM with an eighteen-month term as Senior Executive Vice President in charge of Worldwide Production for Warner Brothers Pictures, during which time the studio produced the film successes All the President's Men, Dog Day Afternoon, Oh God!, Barry Lyndon and One on One, among others.

Returning to ICM, McElwaine ran its motion picture division until 1981, when he left to become President of Columbia Pictures, later adding the title of Chairman and Chief Executive Officer. While at Columbia, McElwaine supervised the production and distribution of more than 60 films, including Ghostbusters, The Karate Kid, The Karate Kid II, and the Academy Award-winning Gandhi. Other successes at Columbia included White Nights, Jagged Edge, Stand By Me, St. Elmos Fire, Silverado, The Big Chill, Murphy's Romance, Starman, Richard Pryor Live on the Sunset Strip, Agnes of God, La Bamba, Blue Thunder and The Toy. Most recently, he served as an executive producer on the acclaimed 2002 USA Network Original Movie My Brother's Keeper.

In 1985, the Motion Picture Exhibitors Association named McElwaine Motion Picture Executive of the Year. He is a supporter of The Mother's Touch (a program for abandoned and abused children), The Juvenile Diabetes Foundation, The California Foster Parent Program, and Variety Clubs International. In 1986, the Variety Clubs honored McElwaine with their annual Big Heart Award for his service to the community.

Note: This profile was written in or before 2004.

Guy McElwaine Facts

BirthdayJune 29, 1936
BirthplaceCulver City, California, USA
Date of deathApril 2, 2008 (Los Angeles, California, USA, age 71)

Selected Filmography

Not available.