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 Famous General  Mario Kassar 
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CATEGORY: General
DATE OF BIRTH: 1951-10-10
BIRTHPLACE: Beirut, Lebanon

Biography

Mario F. Kassar (ماريو قصار‎) is a film producer and industry executive whose projects are frequently in association with Andrew G. Vajna. He was born in Beirut, Lebanon. A major innovator in international motion picture production, financing and distribution, is co-president of C-2 Pictures. Renowned for his talent for greenlighting projects that go on to become worldwide blockbusters, he served as Executive Producer of such hits as the "Rambo" films, "Terminator 2: Judgement Day", "Basic Instinct", "Total Recall", "Cliffhanger" and "Stargate", among others. In total, his films as producer and executive producer have grossed nearly $3 billion in worldwide theatrical box office.

In 1976, Kassar co-founded Carolco, which became a major force among independent production companies. Carloco's first production venture made motion picture history when a new American hero, John Rambo, was introduced to audiences in "First Blood". This Sylvester Stallone action adventure became an international blockbuster, grossing $125 million worldwide. Three years later, in 1985, the company released "Rambo: First Blood Part II", which grossed $300 million worldwide.

With Carolco partner Andrew Vajna, Kassar was executive producer on such films as Alan Parker's "Angel Heart", "Rambo III", and "Johnny Handsome". Other projects include "Music Box", "Mountains of the Moon", "Total Recall", "Air America", "Narrow Margin", and "Jacob's Ladder".

In late 1989, Kassar became the sole chairman of Carolco. He subsequently executive produced such films as the critically acclaimed "Rambling Rose" (which received Academy Award nominations for Best Actress and Best Supporting Actress), "The Doors", "LA Story", "Terminator 2:Judgement Day" (which grossed over $500 million dollars worldwide and was the winner of four Academy Awards), "Basic Instinct" (which garnered two Oscar nominations), "Universal Soldier", and "Cliffhanger" (which earned two Oscar nominations).

With Sir Richard Attenborough, Kassar produced "Chaplin," which was honored with three Academy Award nominations, including one fore Robert Downey Jr. for Best Actor and three Golden Globe nominations.

Kassar served as executive producer of the science-fiction hit "Stargate", which was named Best Science Fiction Movie by the Academy of Science Fiction, Horror and Fantasy, Paul Verhoeven's "Showgirls", and Renny Harlin's "Cutthroat Island", and Adrian Lyne's controversial remake of "Lolita" starring Jeremy Irons, Melanie Griffith, Frank Langella and introducing Domique Swain as Lolita.

After completing a multi-year agreement to develop and produce motion pictures for Paramount Pictures, Kassar reteamed with his former partner Andrew Vajna in 1998 to form C-2 Pictures. Their intention was to produce the event oriented films that they are both known for. Most recently they produced "I-Spy" for Sony Pictures and "Terminator 3: Rise of the Machines". They are currently working on "Basic Instinct 2" with Sharon Stone and "Terminator 4" to name a few.

Filmography

  • The Amateur (1981)
  • Victory (1981)
  • First Blood (1982)
  • Superstition (1982)
  • Rambo: First Blood Part II (1985)
  • Extreme Prejudice (1987)
  • Angel Heart (1987)
  • Red Heat (1988)
  • Rambo III (1988)
  • Johnny Handsome (1989)
  • DeepStar Six (1989)
  • Jacob's Ladder (1990)
  • Marrow Margin (1990)
  • Air America (1990)
  • Total Recall (1990)
  • Mountains of the Moon (1990)
  • Rambling Rose (1991)
  • Terminator 2: Judgment Day (1991)
  • The Doors (1991)
  • L.A Story (1991)
  • Chaplin (1992)
  • Universal Soldier (1992)
  • Basic Instinct (1992)
  • Light Sleeper (1992)
  • Heaven & Earth (1993)
  • Ckuffgabger *1993)
  • Stargate (1994)
  • Cutthroat Island (1995)
  • Showgirls (1995)
  • Last of the Dogmen (1995)
  • Lolita (1997)
  • I Spy (2002)
  • Terminator 3: Rise of the Machines (2003)
  • Basic Instinct 2 (2006)
  • Terminator: The Sarah Connor Chronicles (2008)
  • Terminator Salvation (2009)

 

"this article incorporates text from the Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia & from www.MarioKassar.com

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