Mervyn LeRoy

Mervyn LeRoy (/ləˈrɔɪ/; October 15, 1900 – September 13, 1987) was an American film director and producer. In his youth he played juvenile roles in vaudeville and silent film comedies.[2]

Mervyn LeRoy
LeRoy in 1958
Born(1900-10-15)October 15, 1900
DiedSeptember 13, 1987(1987-09-13) (aged 86)
Beverly Hills, California, U.S.
Resting placeForest Lawn Memorial Park (Glendale)
Occupation
  • Film director
  • producer
Years active1928–1968
Employer(s)First National Pictures (1927–1929)
Warner Bros. (1929–1938)
Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer (1938–1945) (1948–1954)
Warner Bros. (1955–1959)[1]
Spouses
  • Elizabeth Edna Murphy
    (m. 1927; div. 1933)
  • Doris Warner
    (m. 1934; div. 1942)
  • Katherine Spiegel
    (m. 1946)
Children2, including Warner LeRoy

During the 1930s, LeRoy was one of the two great practitioners of economical and effective film directing at Warner Brothers studios, the other his cohort Michael Curtiz. LeRoy's most acclaimed films of his tenure at Warners include Little Caesar (1931), I Am a Fugitive From a Chain Gang (1932), Gold Diggers of 1933 (1933) and They Won't Forget (1937).[3][4]

LeRoy left Warners and moved to Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer studios in 1939 to serve as both director and producer. Perhaps his most notable achievement as a producer is the 1939 classic The Wizard of Oz, of which he was also uncredited as a director.[5]


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