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Samuel Z. Arkoff

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Samuel Z. Arkoff

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Samuel Zachary Arkoff was an American producer of B movies. Arkoff began his career in Hollywood as a producer of 1951 sitcom The Hank McCune Show. He innovated the TV laugh track rather than go to the expense of a studio audience. It was not long before Arkoff, in 1956, co-founded (with James H. Nicholson) American International Pictures (AIP). Arkoff has served as producer or executive on over 200 of the low-budget exploitation films--monster movies, motorcycle films and beach-party pictures geared to the teenage audience--that made AIP famous.

Arkoff also gave fresh talent such as Francis Ford Coppola (Dementia 13, 1963), Martin Scorsese (Boxcar Bertha, 1972) and Woody Allen (What's Up, Tiger Lily?, 1966) the opportunity to direct some of their early feature films. Arkoff's most successful film was the 1979 adaptation of Jay Anson's book The Amityville Horror. In 1980, he sold AIP and formed his own companies, Samuel Z. Arkoff Pictures and Arkoff International Pictures.

Fact file

  • Born: Samuel Zachary Arkoff June 12, 1918 Fort Dodge, Iowa
  • Died: September 16, 2001 (age 83) Burbank, California
  • Occupation: Lawyer, Film producer

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