Steven Tisch
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Tisch in 2018
New York Giants
Position:Chairman / Executive Vice President
Personal information
Born: (1949-02-14) February 14, 1949 (age 74)
Lakewood Township, New Jersey, U.S.
Career information
College:Tufts University
Career history
As an executive:
Career highlights and awards

Steven Elliot Tisch (born February 14, 1949) is an American film producer and businessman. He is the chairman, co-owner and executive vice president of the New York Giants,[1] the NFL team co-owned by his family, as well as a film and television producer. He is the son of former Giants co-owner Preston Robert Tisch.

Early life

Tisch was born in Lakewood Township, New Jersey, the son of Joan (née Hyman) and Preston Robert Tisch, a film and television executive who also served as the United States Postmaster General.[2] He has two siblings, Jonathan Tisch and Laurie Tisch. His family is Jewish.[3] He attended Tufts University, during which he began his filmmaking career.[2]



During his youth, Tisch created a number of small films with backing by Columbia Pictures.[1] In 1976, he left Columbia and created his first feature film, Outlaw Blues.[1] He followed this up in 1983 with Risky Business, which gave Tom Cruise his first lead role.[4]

Tisch (far right) visiting the White House on April 30, 2008[5]

In 1984, Tisch produced a made-for-TV movie entitled The Burning Bed, which caused controversy but also received eleven Emmy nominations[1] for Farrah Fawcett's depiction of a battered wife. Tisch launched his own production company in 1986, called the Steve Tisch Company, which has since specialized in small screen films. The company originally had a two-picture agreement with New World Pictures, with Soul Man being the first film of a proposed two-picture deal.[6] In 1987, the company set up multiple projects at Warner Bros., which included the feature rights to the Mr. Magoo character (the project was eventually made by Disney in 1997 as a live-action film), as well as three original projects that the company, by way of Steve Tisch Productions had a contract at the studio.[7] However, he also produced several critically acclaimed films including Forrest Gump, American History X, and Snatch.[8] Tisch received a Best Motion Picture Academy Award and a Golden Globe for Forrest Gump, which was nominated for 13 Academy Awards and won six, and remains one of the highest domestic box office grossing films in history. He is also the only person ever with a Golden Globe, an Academy Award,[9] a Primetime Emmy Award nomination, and a Super Bowl Ring.[10] In 1999, he developed and produced an aborted television pilot Mission Extreme, for Film Roman and Max Degree TV, but it was cancelled due to lack of international backers.[11][12][13]


He is currently a partner in Escape Artists, an independently financed film production company based at Sony Pictures Entertainment that is the result of a merger between his Steve Tisch Company and fellow partners Todd Black and Jason Blumenthal's production company, Black & Blu.[14] Escape Artists released The Weather Man, starring Nicolas Cage, in the fall of 2005, and The Pursuit of Happyness, starring Will Smith, was released by Columbia Pictures in December 2006.[8] Other projects include Seven Pounds starring Will Smith, Knowing, starring Nicolas Cage and The Taking of Pelham 123 starring Denzel Washington and John Travolta.[8] The company's TV projects include Perpetual Grace, LTD. for Epix and Servant starring Nell Tiger Free for Apple TV+.

In 2007, Tisch received the P.T. Barnum Award from Tufts University for his exceptional work in the field of media and entertainment.[15]

Tisch became chairman and Executive Vice President of the New York Giants American football team in 2005.[1] He accepted the Vince Lombardi Trophy twice, when the Giants won Super Bowl XLII and again when they won Super Bowl XLVI. On April 30, 2008, Tisch, along with the rest of the Giants team and administration, received an invitation from President George W. Bush to the White House to honor the Giants' Super Bowl victory.[5]

Tisch also made an appearance on the reality show Shark Tank in season 5.[16]

Following the 2021 season, when the Giants finished 4-13, Tisch "pushed" John Mara to fire head coach Joe Judge, after John Mara was reportedly willing to give Judge a third year.[17][18]

Personal life

Tisch has been married twice. He had two children with his first wife, Patsy A. Tisch;[19] the marriage ended in divorce.[20] In 1996, Tisch married Jamie Leigh Anne Alexander.[20] They had three children, Elizabeth, Holden and Zachary,[21] before divorcing.[22]

On August 10, 2020, he announced that his daughter, Hilary, died by suicide following a history of depression. She was 36.[23]

His brother Jonathan serves as the Giants' treasurer.


He was a producer in all films unless otherwise noted.


In Production Role

Year Film Credit Notes
1977 Outlaw Blues
1978 Almost Summer Executive producer
1980 Coast to Coast
1983 Risky Business
Deal of the Century Executive producer
1986 Soul Man
1988 Big Business
Hot to Trot
1989 Heart of Dixie
1990 Heart Condition
Bad Influence
1994 Forrest Gump
Corrina, Corrina
1996 The Long Kiss Goodnight Executive producer
Dear God
1997 Wild America Executive producer
The Postman
1998 American History X Executive producer
Lock, Stock and Two Smoking Barrels Executive producer
Nico the Unicorn Executive producer Direct-to-video
1999 Wayward Son Executive producer
2000 Snatch Executive producer
Looking for an Echo Executive producer
2003 Alex & Emma Executive producer
2005 The Weather Man
2006 The Pursuit of Happyness
2008 Seven Pounds
2009 Knowing
The Taking of Pelham 123
2010 The Back-up Plan
2012 Hope Springs Executive producer
2014 Sex Tape
The Equalizer
2015 Unfinished Business
2017 The Upside
2018 The Equalizer 2
2019 Troop Zero
2021 Pig
Being the Ricardos
A Journal for Jordan
2022 The Man from Toronto
2023 Cassandro Executive producer
The Equalizer 3
TBA Masters of the Universe

As an actor

Year Film Role Notes
1971 Cry Uncle! Man Running from Motel Uncredited
1996 Dear God Neighbor with Dog
2010 Brother's Justice Steve
2015 Entourage Board Member

Miscellaneous crew

Year Film Role
1971 Cry Uncle! Production assistant
Such Good Friends


Year Film Role
1995 Man of the Year Very special thanks
2018 The Dive Special thanks


In Production Role

Year Title Credit Notes
1975 The Missing Are Deadly Associate producer Television film
1979 No Other Love Executive producer Television film
1980 Homeward Bound Television film
1982 Prime Suspect Television film
Something So Right Executive producer Television film
1984 Calendar Girl Murders Executive producer Television film
The Burning Bed Executive producer Television film
Silence of the Heart Executive producer Television film
1984−85 Call to Glory Executive producer
1986 Triplecross Executive producer Television film
1987 In Love and War Executive producer Television film
1988 Evil in Clear River Co-producer Television film
Dirty Dancing
1989 Out on the Edge Executive producer Television film
1990 Judgment Executive producer Television film
1991 CBS Schoolbreak Special
Vidiots Executive producer Television film
1992 Afterburn Executive producer Television film
Keep the Change Executive producer Television film
Freshman Dorm Executive producer
1996 The People Next Door Executive producer Television film
2000 Mission Extreme Co-producer
2016 Prototype Executive producer Television film
2019 Perpetual Grace, LTD Executive producer
Why We Hate Executive producer Documentary
2021 Dr. Death Executive producer
2019−23 Servant Executive producer

As an actor

Year Title Role Notes
1995 Seinfeld Man in Café Uncredited
2017 Billions Himself

As director

Year Title
1989 Dirty Dancing


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  2. ^ a b Loomis, Nicky (July 6, 2010). "Steve Tisch, Producer, Born Feb. 14, 1949 in Lakewood, NJ". Los Angeles Times. Born in Lakewood, N.J., Tisch graduated from Tufts University and began his entertainment career as Peter Guber's assistant at Columbia Pictures.
  3. ^ Jacobs, Phil (January 31, 2014). "Searching for the Giants' Steve Tisch". The Jewish Standard. Mr. Tisch is from a family heavy with Jewish philanthropists.
  4. ^ "An Evening with Steve Tisch: Winner of the Oscar and Super Bowl". March 12, 2014.
  5. ^ a b Office of the Press Secretary (April 30, 2008). "President Bush Welcomes Super Bowl XLII Champion New York Giants to White House". The White House. Retrieved April 30, 2008.
  6. ^ "New World, Tisch Set For 'Soul Man'". Variety. April 2, 1986. p. 3.
  7. ^ "'Mr. Magoo' Project Into Focus For Tisch; Plans Others For WB". Variety. July 29, 1987. pp. 4, 18.
  8. ^ a b c "Steve Tisch". IMDb.
  9. ^ "Steve Tisch". Archived from the original on February 2, 2017. Retrieved January 25, 2017.
  10. ^ "Steven Tisch". Forbes. Retrieved January 27, 2022.
  11. ^ Schlosser, Joe (July 19, 1999). "Film Roman on syndie march" (PDF). Broadcasting & Cable. p. 48. Retrieved August 24, 2023.
  12. ^ Pursell, Chris (July 19, 1999). "Film Roman to ride teen wave". Variety. Retrieved August 24, 2023.
  13. ^ "No Max deal" (PDF). Broadcasting & Cable. December 13, 1999. p. 118. Retrieved August 24, 2023.
  14. ^ "Jason Blumenthal '90". Syracuse University.
  15. ^ "Alumni Awards - Film and Media Studies".
  16. ^ Malankar, Nikhil (March 27, 2017). "Shark Tank: Net Worth Of All Sharks On The Show Till Date". Tell Me Nothing. Retrieved August 9, 2017.
  17. ^ Fennelly, John (January 13, 2022). "Report: Giants' Steve Tisch pushed John Mara to fire Joe Judge". Gannett. Retrieved February 1, 2022.
  18. ^ DeArdo, Bryan. "Joe Judge fired: Giants co-owner Steve Tisch led push to move on from second-year coach, per report". CBS Interactive, Inc. Retrieved February 1, 2022.
  19. ^ "Grace Silk, William Tisch". The New York Times. August 14, 2016.
  20. ^ a b "Steven Tisch and Jamie Alexander". The New York Times. October 20, 1996.
  21. ^ Hostetler, Sue. "Jamie Tisch's Aspen Getaway". Aspen Peak. Archived from the original on January 26, 2012. Retrieved July 30, 2013.
  22. ^ Malle, Chloe (March 30, 2010). "Philanthropist Jamie Tisch in Contract at 720 Park for $22 M." The New York Observer.
  23. ^ "Hilary Tisch, daughter of Giants co-owner, dead at 36". New York Post. August 11, 2020. Retrieved August 11, 2020.

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