Buddy Adler

E. Maurice "Buddy" Adler (June 22, 1906 – July 12, 1960) was an American film producer and a former production head for 20th Century Fox studios.

Maurice Adler
E. Maurice Adler

(1906-06-22)June 22, 1906
DiedJuly 12, 1960(1960-07-12) (aged 54)
Los Angeles, California, U.S.
Resting placeForest Lawn Memorial Park Cemetery, Glendale, California
Years active1939–1959
Spouse(s)Anita Louise (1940–1960)

In 1954, his production of From Here to Eternity won the Academy Award for Best Picture and in 1956, his Love Is a Many-Splendored Thing was nominated for best picture. Adler also produced the 1956 film Bus Stop, starring Marilyn Monroe.[1]


Adler was born in New York City; "Buddy" was a childhood nickname. His family ran a small chain of department stores and Adler did advertising copy for the chain. He began writing short stories in his spare time and published them under the name "Bradley Allen". In 1936 he moved to Hollywood where he wrote the Pete Smith shorts for MGM. He wrote Quicker Than a Wink which won an Oscar in 1940. He also owned theatres called the Hitching Post.[2]

During the war, Adler served in the Signal Corps from 1941-45 and wound up a colonel. [3]

In 1954 Alder moved from Columbia to Fox where he produced several films.[2]

Head of Fox

In 1956 he replaced Darryl F. Zanuck has head of production for fox.

In 1957 Adler established the Fox talent school at a cost of $1 million. ctors who had their first starring roles under Ader include Elvis Presley, Pat Boone, Tommy Sands, Fabian Forte, Stuart Whitman, Suzy Parker, Joanne Woodward, Suzy Parker, France Nuyen, May Britt, Bradford Dillman, Tony Randall, Barry Coe, and Diane Varsi.[2][4][5]

Personal life

Born in New York City, New York, he married actress Anita Louise Fremault (1915–1970) in 1940. They had two children together. They were at his side when he died of lung cancer.[2]


He was the recipient of the Irving G. Thalberg Memorial Award in 1957.[6] The following year he received the Golden Globe Cecil B. DeMille Award for lifetime achievement in motion pictures.


Buddy Adler died of lung cancer, aged 54, in Los Angeles and was interred in the Forest Lawn Memorial Park Cemetery in Glendale, California. His widow, who is buried there as well, died ten years later.[7]

Selected filmography


  1. Aubrey Solomon (2002). Twentieth Century-Fox: A Corporate and Financial History. Rowman & Littlefield. p. 120. ISBN 9780810842441.
  2. Producer Buddy Adler Dies at 51: Wife Anita Louise at Bedside of Fox Studio Aide BUDDY ADLER Los Angeles Times 13 July 1960: B1.
  3. ON THE ELEVATION OF MR. ADLER: How Buddy Adler Became 'White-Haired' Producer At Columbia Studio By M. A. SCHMIDTHOLLYWOOD. New York Times]27 Sep 1953: 123.
  4. $4 MILLION LATER: 20th Has Its Stars of Tomorrow---Today 20th Builds Stable of Own Stars Scheuer, Philip K. Los Angeles Times 16 Aug 1959: E1.
  5. Adler Dispels Film Gloom: 20th Executive Cites Upsurge in Business as Bright Omen Scheuer, Philip K. Los Angeles Times ]17 Feb 1958: C9.
  6. THALBERG AWARD FOR BUDDY ADLER: Fox Production Head Hailed by Motion Picture Academy . New York Times ]22 Mar 1957: 26.
  7. Wilson, Scott. Resting Places: The Burial Sites of More Than 14,000 Famous Persons, 3d ed.: 2. McFarland & Company (2016) ISBN 0786479922
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