Jack Warner Biography & Net Worth
|Popular Name:||Jack Warner|
|Real Name:||Jack Leonard Warner|
|Birth Date:||August 2, 1892|
London, Ontario, Canada
|Age:||Died September 9, 1978 (aged 86)|
Irma Claire Salomon (m. 1914; div. 1935)
Ann Page (m. 1936)
|Net Worth:||$300 Million|
|Last Updated:||December, 2020|
Jack Warner was a Canadian–American film executive, most remembered as the president and co-founder of the film company ‘Warner Bros. Studios’ in Burbank, California. With more than 45 years in the film industry, Jack had the lengthiest career as a Hollywood studio tycoon. He began the ‘Warner Bros.’ studio company along with Sam Warner his brother, and worked to shape the company as one of the foremost production houses in Hollywood. However, he was deeply disturbed after the death of his brother. He later turned into a hardnosed employer and even ruined his relationship with his older brothers and business partners, Albert and Harry Warner. Nevertheless, his prudence earned the studio the power and excellence that gave it an edge over rivals. Throughout his career, Jack Warner net worth was made solely from the profits realized from his studio. Though a contradictory and unpredictable figure, he was a staunch ‘Republican,’ but still promoted projects that showcased anti-‘Republican’ views. He recommended a number of communist screenwriters though he was anti-communist. Despite having such a notorious public image, Jack is considered a revolutionary figure in the industry. Here’s Jack Warner biography, career highlights, and everything else leading to his death.
Jack Warner’s Early Life
Jack L Warner was born in London, Ontario, Canada, on August 2, 1892, to a Jewish immigrant couple from Poland. His father, Benjamin Warner, was a cobbler, and his mother was the former Leah Eichelbaum. Jack and his eldest brother, Hirsch were two of their parents’ surviving. Jack’s paternal surname was probably “Wonsal” or “Wonskolaser.’ His father named himself “Benjamin Warner” to conceal his Jewish identity, and he passed the surname on to his future generations.
His early years in Youngstown had been helpful in shaping his career and personality. He was involved with a notorious gang in Westlake’s Crossing and had his first business experience when he partnered with an upcoming artist. Jack would sing at local theaters, which earned him connections from the entertainment industry. During his initial career, Jack officially renamed himself “Jack Leonard Warner.” His older brother, Sam, did not support his youthful quest of not working to earn, and advised him to search for a place where actors earn some money for what they did.
In Youngstown, early in the 20th century, Sam bought a ‘Model B Kinetoscope’ after his first business failed. Jack wagered a horse to contribute $150 to the new venture Sam established. They later turned an unoccupied store in New Castle into a theater.
Jack Warner’s Career
His career spanned about 45 years, and it was the longest of any other Hollywood studio mogul. Warner served as co-head of production for Warner Bros. Company in Burbank, California and collaborated with his brother Sam Warmer. The duo produced the equipment for the first film which featured speaking which was the 1927 “The Jazz Singer”. After Sam passed away, Jack Warner clashed with the rest of his brothers Harry and Albert Warner. He secretly bought their shares of the company. He was often considered an enigmatic and contradictory individual. While he was a Republican he encouraged films that endorsed the new deal of Democratic President Franklin D. Roosevelt.
About Warner Bros. Studios
Warner Bros. Entertainment Inc. is a diversified multinational mass media and entertainment corporation. Warner Bros. Entertainment Inc. is considered one of the most popular and biggest film production companies of all time. It has existed for many following its establishment in 1923. Ever since its inception, this powerhouse franchise has had quite a successful run.
The company has produced all kinds of films, from animations to movies and even venturing into video games. The firm is known world over for its heritage and history of wonderful performances. Any talent in the film world would want to work with this company, which still has a lot to offer its audience around the world.
Awards & Achievements
Jack Warner won an Academy Award for the film “My Fair Lady” in 1965. In 1956, he won the Cecil B. DeMille Award. He also has a star on Hollywood Walk of Fame which was dedicated to him in 1960. He also has a star Canada’s Walk of Fame as well.
Personal Life, Family, Death
Jack Warner was married to Irma Claire Salomon for twenty one years from 1914 to 1935. They had a child named Jack M Warner. After he divorced Irma, he got married to Ann Page with whom he had a daughter named Barbara. Irma sued Jack for deserting her, and his marriage to Ann was rejected by his family. Throughout the 1950s and the 1960s, Warner had a series of relationships, including with actress Jackie Park.
Toward the end of 1973, Jack Warner retired from the film business due to his disorientation. In 1974, he became blind after suffering a stroke. He subsequently lost his voice, and also suffered partial memory loss.
On September 9, 1978, he died of a heart inflammation (edema) at 86 years old. He was buried at ‘Home of Peace Cemetery’ in California.
The majority of his wealth and property he left behind was managed by his widow, Ann. He left $200,000 to his son Jack Jr., only to prevent him from contesting the will.
Jack Warner Net Worth
This prominent Canadian American film executive is regarded as one of the pioneers of the modern film business. In his time alive, he held the position of the president of the Warner Bros. film producing company.
Jack Warner net worth was $300 million at the time he passed away (adjusted for inflation). In 1966, at the advice of his wife who wanted him to retire, Jack sold his 1.6 million shares in his company to Seven Arts Production for around $24 million. That’s the same as about $190 million today after adjusting for inflation. Jack purchased a 10-acre property in Beverly Hills in 1937. His 13,000 square-foot mansion pools, 9-hole golf course, and a tennis court home would later be acknowledged as the Jack Warner Estate