Arthur B. Krim

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Arthur B. Krim

Arthur B. Krim (4 April 1910 – 21 September 1994) was an American entertainment lawyer, the former finance chairman for the U.S. Democratic Party, an adviser to President Lyndon Johnson and the former chairman of Eagle-Lion Films (1946–1949), United Artists (1951–1978), and Orion Pictures (1978–1992). His more than four decades as a movie studio head is one of the longest in Hollywood history.



Born to a Jewish family [1] in New York City, he received his B.A. from Columbia University in 1930, and graduated from Columbia Law School two years later.

Krim was a partner at the firm of Phillips Nizer Benjamin Krim & Ballon. He worked as an entertainment lawyer for clients such as Clifford Odets and John Garfield. [2]

He served in the Army Service Forces in the Pacific Theatre of Operations where he rose to the rank of lieutenant colonel.


In 1946 Krim and his partner Robert Benjamin managed the American portion of Eagle-Lion Films where they sought top talent to produce their films [3] .

The two men took over United Artists in 1951 with the Krim and Benjamin given three years to turn a profit; they did it in six months. [4] Krim remained with UA until 1978 when he created Orion Films.

Democratic Party

Krim became an influential Democrat, head of the Democratic Party Financing Committee and advised Presidents John F. Kennedy, Lyndon B. Johnson and Jimmy Carter. [4]

Personal life

He was married to Mathilde Krim. He died in New York City in 1994, aged 84.

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