Henry G. Saperstein

Active - 1962 - 1997  |   Died - Jun 24, 1998 in Beverly Hills, CA  |   Genres - Comedy, Children's/Family, Science Fiction, Fantasy

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Film producer and former owner of UPA products, Henry G. Saperstein was for 25 years closely involved with producing and distributing Japan's Toho Studio's Godzilla series, and served as executive producer on Woody Allen's debut film What's Up Tiger Lily? (1966). Saperstein also pioneered film and early television merchandising of '50s series such as The Lone Ranger, Lassie, and Roy Rogers. In the mid-'50s, he assisted Colonel Tom Parker as a licensing agent for Elvis Presley. During that decade, Saperstein focused primarily on television and produced scores of animated Mr. Magoo and Gerald McBoing Boing shorts. He later produced hour-long Magoo specials including Mr. Magoo's Christmas Carol. Other projects in which Saperstein was involved include the animated feature Gay Purr-ee (1963) and the documentary Turn On, Tune in, Drop Out featuring Timothy Leary. In the mid-'90s, Saperstein executive produced the live-action version of Mr. Magoo starring Leslie Nielsen.

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