On this day, June 14 in the year 1905, the founder of Motion Pictures International was born in Massachusetts, USA. His name is Samuel Broidy, popularly known as Steve.
Steve studied at Boston University during the onset of the Great Depression. Lacking money to continue his studies, he went to work as a salesman for Universal Studios and later for Warner Bros. In 1933, he joined Monogram Pictures as sales manager. In 1945, he took over the management of Monogram as president. The following year, he formed Allied Artists Productions as the launching pad of high budget films while Monogram maintained its low-budget film operations. In 1965, he established Motion Pictures International.
Being an active member of the Jewish community in Los Angeles, he led the effort to merge Cedars of Lebanon and Mt. Sinai hospitals into Cedars-Sinai Medical Center. He was made life chairman of this medical center. Moreover, he was elected to become member of the boards of Union Bank, Motion Picture Academy, Jewish Federation Council, Salvation Army, Claremont Men’s College, and Loyola Marymount University.
Steve received the Jean Hersholt Humanitarian Award in 1963 for his many philanthropic activities. In 1991, he died of heart attack at the age of 85, leaving 2 sons and 1 daughter.