Maurice "Buddy" Adler
Adler in 1958
E. Maurice Adler

(1906-06-22)June 22, 1906
DiedJuly 12, 1960(1960-07-12) (aged 54)
Resting placeForest Lawn Memorial Park Cemetery, Glendale, California
Years active1939–1960
SpouseAnita Louise (1940–1960)

E. Maurice "Buddy" Adler (June 22, 1906 – July 12, 1960) was an American film producer and production head for 20th Century Fox studios.

In 1954, his production of From Here to Eternity won the Academy Award for Best Picture and in 1956, his Love Is a Many-Splendored Thing was nominated for best picture. Adler also produced the 1956 film Bus Stop, starring Marilyn Monroe.[1]


Adler was born in New York City in 1906 (some references have listed his birth year as 1908 or 1909). "Buddy" was a childhood nickname. His family ran a small chain of department stores and Adler did advertising copy for the chain. He began writing short stories in his spare time and published them under the name "Bradley Allen". In 1936 he moved to Hollywood where he wrote the Pete Smith short features for MGM. He wrote the screenplay for the short documentary film Quicker'n a Wink, which won an Oscar in 1940. He also owned a small string of movie showhouses, called the Hitching Post.[2]

During World War II, Adler served in the Signal Corps (1941–1945), ending with the rank of colonel. [3]

In 1954 Alder moved from Columbia to Fox, where he produced several films.[2]

Head of Fox

In 1956 Adler was named as Head of Production for 20th Century Fox, replacing Darryl F. Zanuck. In 1957 he established the Fox Talent School, with a $1 million budget. Actors who had their first starring roles under Adler include Elvis Presley, Pat Boone, Tommy Sands, Fabian, Stuart Whitman, Suzy Parker, Joanne Woodward, France Nuyen, May Britt, Bradford Dillman, Tony Randall, Barry Coe, and Diane Varsi.[2][4][5]

Personal life

Adler was born in New York City. He moved to Los Angeles, California, in 1936 and resided there for the rest of his life. In 1940 he married actress Anita Louise Fremault (1915–1970), with whom he had two children. The family were at his bedside when he died in 1960, from lung cancer.[2]


Adler received the Irving G. Thalberg Memorial Award in 1957.[6] In 1958 he received the Golden Globe Cecil B. DeMille Award for lifetime achievement in motion pictures.


Buddy Adler died of lung cancer, aged 54, in Los Angeles and was interred in the Forest Lawn Memorial Park Cemetery in Glendale, California. His widow, who is buried there as well, survived him by ten years.[7]

Selected filmography


  1. ^ Aubrey Solomon (2002). Twentieth Century-Fox: A Corporate and Financial History. Rowman & Littlefield. p. 120. ISBN 9780810842441.
  2. ^ a b c d Producer Buddy Adler Dies at 51: Wife Anita Louise at Bedside of Fox Studio Aide (Los Angeles Times, 13 July 1960. p. B1)
  3. ^ A. Schmidt. ON THE ELEVATION OF MR. ADLER: How Buddy Adler Became 'White-Haired' Producer At Columbia Studio (New York Times, 27 September 1953
  4. ^ Philip K. Scheuer. $4 MILLION LATER: 20th Has Its Stars of Tomorrow—Today. 20th Builds Stable of Own Stars (Los Angeles Times, 16 August 1959). p. E1
  5. ^ Philip K. Scheuer. Adler Dispels Film Gloom: 20th Executive Cites Upsurge in Business as Bright Omen (Los Angeles Times, 17 February 1958). p. C9
  6. ^ THALBERG AWARD FOR BUDDY ADLER: Fox Production Head Hailed by Motion Picture Academy (New York Times, 22 March 1957). p. 26
  7. ^ Scott Wilson. Resting Places: The Burial Sites of More Than 14,000 Famous Persons, 3d ed.: 2. McFarland & Co. (2016) ISBN 0786479922