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George Pal

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George Pal
BornGyörgy Pál Marczincsak
February 1, 1908
DiedMay 2, 1980 (age 72)

George Pal (1908-1980) was a Hungarian animator and film producer, principally associated with the science fiction genre. He was the producer for the 1953 movie Houdini staring Tony Curtis.


He became an American citizen after emigrating from Europe.

While studying architecture at school he crossed paths with several magicians which awakened his interest. This led him to a theater to witness a performance by Okito. He sought out Okito received some magical advice. He procured some small tricks and presented them for the enjoyment of his schoolmates. Finding no demand for architects, he turned to a new field of motion pictures to release his artistic talents.

He was nominated for Academy Awards (in the category Best short subjects, Cartoon) no less than seven consecutive years (1942–1948) and received an honorary award in 1944.[1]


  1. Cover, Genii 1963 February
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