Tony Goldwyn's father dies from congestive heart failure

By Elaine Aradillas
Updated January 10, 2015 02:45 PM
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Producer Samuel Goldwyn Jr. died Friday at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center in Los Angeles. He was 88.

Goldwyn Jr. was an Emmy-award-winning director and Oscar-nominated producer. He most recently worked on The Secret Life of Walter Mitty, starring Ben Stiller, which was released in 2013.

Goldwyn Jr. comes from a family that helped create Hollywood. His father, Samuel Goldwyn Sr., was a founder of Paramount Studios, and his production company was acquired by Metro Pictures Corp. to become part of one of Hollywood’s largest studios, MGM (Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer).

He grew up in Hollywood and attended his first Academy Awards when he was 11 years old, according to reports. He went to school at the University of Virginia and served in the U.S. Army before working for Edward R. Murrow at CBS News.

His production company produced many films, including the Oscar-nominated Master and Commander: The Far Side of the World. He produced two Oscar ceremonies, earning an Emmy for his work on the awards show in 1988.

Goldwyn Jr. is survived by his wife, four sons, two daughters and nine grandchildren. Goldwyn Jr.’s son Tony Goldwyn currently stars on ABC’s Scandal.