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Sam Warner

Sam Warner (August 10, 1887 - October 5, 1927) was a co-founder and Chief Executive Officer of Warner Brothers film company.

Born Samuel Eichelbaum, but known as Sam, his interest in film came after seeing Thomas Edison's The Great Train Robbery while working as an employee at Cedar Point Amusement Park in Sandusky, Ohio.

Sam Warner can be credited as the brother who brought sound to Warner Brothers theaters after tricking his brother Harry to attend a convention on the matter. Sam Warner placed all his efforts into developing sound for the company and some say it contributed to his early death due to a chronic sinus condition.

Unfortunately, Sam Warner died the day before the film made its debut in New York City and never saw his creation come to the theater, nor the enoromous change it had on the motion picture business.

He is interred in the Home of Peace Cemetery in East Los Angeles, California.

For his contribution to the motion picture industry, Sam Warner has a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame at 6201 Hollywood Blvd.

Note: This profile was written in or before 2005.

Sam Warner Facts

Birth NameSamuel Eichelbaum
BirthdayAugust 10, 1887
BirthplaceBaltimore, Maryland, USA
Date of deathOctober 5, 1927 (Los Angeles, California, USA, age 40)

Selected Filmography

Not available.