Martin Ransohoffￂﾠ(born November 30, 1926)ￂﾠis a cinema and television producer,ￂﾠand member of theￂﾠRansohoff family.
He graduated fromￂﾠColgate Universityￂﾠin 1949 and is on a list ofￂﾠDistinguished Alumni. He founded the film production companyￂﾠFilmways, Inc.ￂﾠin 1960 and remained with the company until 1972.ￂﾠFilmways started making TV commercials, moved into documentaries then sitcoms; by 1963 Filmways were making $13 million a year.ￂﾠIn 1972 he became an independent producer. He attempted to "create" female movie stars during the 1960s; the actresses who achieved the greatest success under his tutelage wereￂﾠAnn-Margret,ￂﾠTuesday WeldￂﾠandￂﾠSharon Tate, who featured in several of his films from 1964 until her death in 1969. He is a cousin of neurosurgeonJoseph Ransohoff. The Beverly Hillbilliesￂﾠbrought Ransohoff his first success in 1962 and thereafter he turned his attention to films. Ransohoff went on to produce such films asￂﾠAmerican Pop.
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