Damon, Mark 1933–

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Damon, Mark 1933–


Original name, Alan Mark Harris; born April 22, 1933, in Chicago, IL; married; wife's name, Maggie; children: Jonathan Louis. Education: University of California, Los Angeles, B.A. and M.B.A.


Office—MDP Worldwide, 1925 Century Park East, 17th Floor, Los Angeles, CA 90067-2701; Foresight Unlimited, 2934 1/2 Beverly Glen Circle, Suite 900, Bel Air, CA 90077.


Producer, executive, and actor. Twentieth Century-Fox, contract actor, beginning 1950s; PAC (Italian film distribution company), head of foreign acquisitions department, beginning 1974; Producers Sales Organization, president, beginning 1977, chair and chief executive officer, beginning 1982; PSO/Delphia, chair and chief executive officer, beginning 1984; Vision Producers and Distributors Group, cofounder, 1987, chief executive officer and chair of Vision Productions and Vision International, 1987-93; MDP Worldwide (also known as Mark Damon Productions), Los Angeles, founder, 1993, and chair, beginning 1993; MDP/Behaviour Worldwide, founder, 1998; Behaviour Communications, chair and chief executive officer, beginning 2000; Foresight Unlimited, Bel Air, CA, principal.


American Film Marketing Association (founding member).

Awards, Honors:

Tied for Golden Globe Award, most promising male newcomer, 1961; Independent Spirit Award (with others), best first feature, Independent Feature Project/West, 2004, for Monster.


Film Executive Producer:

The Choirboys (also known as Aenglarna), Universal, 1977.

Das Boot (also known as The Boat, A tengeralattjaro, El barco, El submarino (Das Boot), Le bateau, Sukellusvene U-96, To ypovryhio, U-baaten, U-Boot 96, and Ypovryhio U-96—Epistrofi stin Kolasi), Columbia, 1981, subtitled version released by Triumph Releasing, 1982, extended version released as a miniseries on the German television networks Suddeutscher Rundfunk (SDR) and Westdeutscher Rundfunk (WDR), 1985, director's cut released in 1997.

Die unendliche Geschichte (also known as The Never-Ending Story, A historia sem fim, Den oaendliga historien, Ha-Sippur Sh'Eino Nigmar, Historia interminavel, L'histoire sans fin, La historia interminable, La historia sin fin, La storia infinita, Niekonczaca sie opowiesc, Paeaettymaetoen tarina, and Vegtelen toertenet), Warner Bros., 1984.

The Clan of the Cave Bear, Twentieth Century-Fox, 1986.

8 Million Ways to Die, TriStar, 1986.

Flight of the Navigator (also known as Navigator and The Navigator), Buena Vista, 1986.

Short Circuit, Twentieth Century-Fox, 1986.

Co-executive producer, The Lost Boys, Warner Bros., 1987.

High Spirits, TriStar, 1988.

Mac and Me, Orion, 1988.

I Come in Peace (also known as Dark Angel), Epic/Triumph Releasing, 1990.

Vietnam, Texas, Columbia, 1990.

Beastmaster 2: Through the Portal of Time (also known as Beastmaster 2—Der Zeitspringer, Beastmaster 2—genom tidsbarriaeren, Beastmaster 2—petojen herra, Dar l'invincible 2—La puerta del tiempo, En senor de las bestias 2: La puerta del tiempo, O portal do tempo, and Wladca zwierzat 2), New Line Cinema, 1991.

Diary of a Hitman, Columbia, 1991.

Inner Sanctum, Columbia, 1991.

Wild Orchid II: Two Shades of Blue (also known as Blue Movie Blue and Wild Orchid 2: Blue Movie Blue), Columbia, 1991.

Stalingrad, Entertainment/Senator Film, 1993, subtitled version, Strand Releasing, 1995.

The Jungle Book (also known as Rudyard Kipling's "The Jungle Book" and El libro de la selva), Buena Vista, 1994.

The Blackout, Trimark Pictures, 1997.

Deceiver (also known as Liar), Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer, 1997.

Loved, Imperial Entertainment, 1997.

Orgazmo, October Films, 1997.

The Second Jungle Book: Mowgli & Baloo (also known as Jungle Book 2: Mowgli and Baloo and Rudyard Kipling's "The Second Jungle Book: Mowgli and Baloo"), TriStar, 1997.

A Dog of Flanders, Warner Bros., 1999.

Grizzly Falls, Providence Entertainment, 1999.

Eye of the Beholder (also known as Voyeur), Destination Films, 2000.

Love & Sex, Lions Gate Films, 2000.

The Body (also known as Das Geheimnisvolle Grab), TriStar, 2001.

The Musketeer, Universal, 2001.

Extreme Ops (also known as Extremist), Paramount, 2002.

FeardotCom (also known as Fear Dot Com), Warner Bros., 2002.

The United States of Leland (also known as State of Mind), Manga Films, 2003, Paramount Classics, 2004.

11:14, 2003, New Line Cinema, 2005.

Beyond the Sea (also known as Bobby Darin Biopic), Lions Gate Films, 2004.

The Upside of Anger (also known as An deiner Schulter), New Line Cinema, 2005.

Film Producer:

The Arena (also known as The Naked Warriors, La rivolta delle gladiatrici, and Livia, una virgine per l'impero), New World Pictures, 1973.

9 1/2 Weeks (also known as Nine 1/2 Weeks, 9 1/2 Weeks, and 9-1/2 Weeks), Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer/United Artists, 1986.

Coproducer, Bat*21 (also known as Air force—Bat 21 and Bat 21), TriStar, 1988.

Wild Orchid, Triumph Releasing, 1989.

Monster, Newmarket Films, 2003.

Coproducer, O Jerusalem (also known as Beyond Friendship and O' Jerusalem), Samuel Goldwyn Films, 2006.

Captivity, Lions Gate Films/After Dark Films, 2007.

Film Appearances:

Gregg Linden, Inside Detroit, Columbia, 1955.

Private Lambert, Screaming Eagles, Allied Artists, 1956.

Private Terry, Between Heaven and Hell, Twentieth Century-Fox, 1956.

Tommy Price, Young and Dangerous, Twentieth Century-Fox, 1957.

Russ Lippincott, Life Begins at 17, Columbia, 1958.

Twig Webster, The Party Crashers, Paramount, 1958.

Frank, This Rebel Breed (also known as The Black Rebels and Three Shades of Love), Warner Bros., 1960.

Philip Winthrop, House of Usher (also known as The Fall of the House of Usher), American International Pictures, 1960.

Aldo, The Reluctant Saint (also known as Joseph Desa), Davis/Royal, 1962.

(Uncredited) Private Harris, The Longest Day (also known as The D. Day), Twentieth Century-Fox, 1962.

Peccati d'estate (also known as Island Affair), 1962.

Il giorno piu corto (also known as The Shortest Day and Il giorno piu corto commedia umoristica), Titanus Distribuzione, 1962, dubbed version, Medallion Pictures, 1963.

Duke Eduardo, Beauty and the Beast, United Artists, 1963.

Stephen Children, The Young Racers, American International Pictures, 1963.

Vladimir d'Urfe, "The Wurdalak," I tre volti della paura (also known as Black Christmas, Black Sabbath, The Three Faces of Fear, The Three Faces of Terror, and Les trois visages de la peur), American International Pictures, 1963.

El Kebir, Il figlio di Cleopatra (also known as Son of Cleopatra), 1964.

Fernando Herrero, I cento cavalieri (also known as Hundred Horsemen, 100 Horsemen, Son of El Cid, Die Hundert Ritter, and Los cien caballeros), 1964.

Pietro I (king of Castile), Sfida al re di Castiglia (also known as The Tyrant of Castile, El rey cruel, and Pedro el Cruel), 1964.

Dr. Bardir, Agente segreto 777—Operazione mistero (also known as Secret Agent 777), 1966.

Johnny Oro and Ringo, Ringo and His Golden Pistol (also known as Johnny Oro), Sanson, 1966.

Luis, Como te amo! (also known as How Do I Love You? and Dio, come ti amo), 1966.

Brown, Un treno per Durango (also known as Train for Durango and Un tren para Durango), 1967.

Title role, Johnny Yuma, Clover, 1967.

Johnny, Tutto per tutto (also known as All Out, Copperface, Go for Broke, One for All, and La hora del coraje), 1967.

Lawrence, La morte non conta i dollari (also known as Death at Owell Rock, Death Does Not Count the Dollars, and No Killing without Dollars), 1967.

Vittorio, Colpo doppio del camaleonte d'oro, 1967.

American prisoner, Kiedy milosc byla zbrodnia (also known as Rassenschande: When Love Was a Crime), 1968.

Ferguson, Requiescant (also known as Kill and Pray, Kill and Say Your Prayers, Let Them Rest, and Moegen sie in Frieden ruhen), 1968.

Richard Barrett, Nudesi muore (also known as The Miniskirt Murders, Naked You Die, School Girl Killer, The Young, the Evil & the Savage, and Sette virgini per il diavolo), American International Pictures, 1968.

Wally Richardson, Lo sbarco di Anzio (also known as Anzio and The Battle for Anzio), Columbia, 1968.

Quien grita venganza? (also known as Cry for Revenge, Dead Men Don't Count!, and I morti non si contano), 1968.

Temptation, [Italy], 1968.

Allen, L'arciere di Sherwood (also known as Long Live Robin Hood, The Scalawag Bunch, El arquero de Sherwood, L'arciere di fuoco, and La grande chevauchee de Robin des bois), 1970.

Ivanhoe, La spada normanna (also known as The Norman Swordsman, La espada normanda, and Le retour d'Ivanhoe), 1971.

Veritas, Lo chiamavano Verita (also known as They Called Him Truth and They Call Him Veritas), 1971.

Leoni di Petersburgo (also known as Lions of St. Petersburg), 1971.

Posate le pistole, reverendo (also known as Pistol Packin' Preacher), 1971.

Questa liberta de averele ali bagnate, 1971.

Domenico, Confessioni segrete di un convento di clausura, 1972.

Felipe, Monta in sella, figlio di …! (also known as Great Treasure Hunt, Cinque per l'oro di los Quadros, and Repoker de bribones), 1972.

Riano, Little Mother (also known as Blood Queen, Don't Cry for Me, Little Mother, Immortal Mistress, Mother, Woman of the Year, and Sie nannten ihn kleine Mutter), Audubon, 1972.

Duke Lionello Shandwell, Byleth (also known as Byleth—il demone dell'incesto and Il demone dell'incesto), 1973.

Karl Schiller, Il plenilunio delle vergini (also known as The Devil's Wedding Night and Full Moon of the Virgins), Dimension Films, 1973.

Peter, La tumba de la isla maldita (also known as Crypt of the Living Dead, Vampire Woman, Vampire Women, and Young Hannah: Queen of the Vampires), Atlas Films, 1973.

Fairbanks, Es knallt—und die Engel singen (also known as Bang, and the Angels Sing, Do I Kill You or Do You Kill Me?, Les Humphries: Es knallt—und die Engel singen, Lo matas tu o lo mato yo, and Mena forte piu forteche mi piace!), 1974.

George Thomas, There Is No 13, Film Ventures, 1974.

Member of Columbus's crew, Stuck on You!, Troma Entertainment, 1984.

Wayland's father, Deceiver (also known as Liar), Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer, 1997.

Also appeared in A Scaffold for Django.

Television Executive Producer; Miniseries:

Das Boot (also known as The Boat and Le bateau; extended version of the 1981 feature film Das Boot), Suddeutscher Rundfunk (SDR) and Westdeutscher Rundfunk (WDR), 1985.

War and Peace, multiple networks, 2007.

Television Executive Producer; Movies:

The Winner, The Movie Channel, 1997.

The I Inside, Starz!, 2003.

Television Executive Producer; Pilots:

Red Shoe Diaries (also known as Red Shoe Diaries the Movie and Wild Orchid III: Red Shoe Diaries), Showtime, 1992.

Television Appearances; Movies:

Miguel Serrano, "Zorro: The Postponed Wedding," Walt Disney Presents (also known as Disneyland, Disneylandia, Disney's Wonderful World, The Disney Sunday Movie, The Magical World of Disney, Walt Disney, Walt Disney's Wonderful World of Color, and The Wonderful World of Disney), ABC, 1961.

Television Appearances; Episodic:

Bill, "The Prison Within," Cavalcade of America (also known as Cavalcade Theater, DuPont Cavalcade Theater, DuPont Presents the Cavalcade Theater, and DuPont Theater), ABC, 1956.

Harold, "The Hefferan Family," The 20th Century-Fox Hour (also known as The Fox Hour of Stars), CBS, 1956.

Ray Clements, "Place of Shadows," Alfred Hitchcock Presents, CBS, 1956.

Rusty at the age of seventeen, "In Times Like These," The 20th Century-Fox Hour (also known as The Fox Hour of Stars), CBS, 1956.

"Star and Shield," Cavalcade of America (also known as Cavalcade Theater, DuPont Cavalcade Theater, DuPont Presents the Cavalcade Theater, and DuPont Theater), ABC, 1956.

Dave, "Patrol," Panic! (also known as No Warning), NBC, c. 1957.

Mickey, "East Side Story," The Ann Sothern Show, CBS, 1958.

Running Horse, "A Matter of Honor," Tales of Wells Fargo (also known as Wells Fargo), NBC, 1958.

Eugenio, "The Iron Box," Zorro, ABC, 1959.

"The Chinatown Story," The Lineup (also known as San Francisco Beat), CBS, 1959.

Cliff White, "The Lie," The June Allyson Show (also known as The DuPont Show Starring June Allyson and The DuPont Show with June Allyson), CBS, 1960.

Victor Winters, "The Big Shot," National Velvet, NBC, 1960.

"The Case of Corporal Newman," Lock Up, syndicated, 1960.

Carl Wakila, "Caves of Pele," Hawaiian Eye, ABC, 1961.

Nick Archer, "Decoy," The Protectors, syndicated, 1973.

Vendor, "Postcards from the Faultline," Gabriel's Fire, ABC, 1991.

Television Appearances; Pilots:

Calling CQ, 1960.

Artie Dale, The McGonigle, NBC, 1961.



Himself, Killing Priscilla, 2000.

Himself, A Life in Film (short), Anchor Bay Entertainment, 2007.



Forbes, February 27, 1984, pp. 154-56.