Irwin Winkler (born May 25, 1931) is an American film producer and director. He is the producer or director of over 50 motion pictures, dating back to 1967's Double Trouble, starring Elvis Presley. The fourth film he produced, They Shoot Horses, Don't They? (1969), starring Jane Fonda, was nominated for nine Academy Awards. He won an Oscar for Best Picture for 1976's Rocky. As a producer, he has been nominated for Best Picture for three other films: Raging Bull, The Right Stuff, and Goodfellas.
Winkler married his wife Margo Winkler in 1959 while still working at WMA in New York. They moved to Los Angeles in 1966. Margo was originally from California and her parents, Irma and Charlie Melson, were former Vaudeville performers. The couple have three sons, Charles Winkler, David Winkler, and Adam Winkler. Charles and David are both film producers and directors in their own right. Together with their father, they run the production company "Winkler Films". Winkler's youngest son Adam is a professor of constitutional law at the UCLA School of Law and a published author.
Winkler was born to a Jewish family in New York City, to Sol and Anna Winkler. Growing up in Coney Island, one of his first jobs was on a bumper ride on the boardwalk. Winkler graduated early from high school and got into New York University, but felt out of place among the older and more mature students, many of whom were former World War II soldiers that had entered university under the G.I. Bill. At the outbreak of the Korean War, he volunteered to join the Army and was stationed in Louisiana for two years. After completing his service, Winkler returned to New York University and went on to receive a degree in American Literature in 1955.
Movies & TV shows
Making The Irishman
Robert De Niro, Joe Pesci, and Al Pacino are going behind the scenes of the universally acclaimed movie.
The Collaboration Of A Lifetime: Scorsese’s Epic The Irishman
Join legendary director Martin Scorsese, and acting icons Robert De Niro, Joe Pesci, and Al Pacino as we go behind the scenes of their universally acclaimed movie.
Pennsylvania was founded in the mid-sixties. Frank Sheeran, a war veteran of Irish origin who works as a truck driver, accidentally meets mobster Russell Bufalino. Frank will be sent to Chicago to hel...
The son of Apollo Creed's friend and former rival, Adonis Johnson, is being trained by the man who defeated him in the World Heavyweight Championship, Rocky Balboa.
A Foreign Service Officer in London tries to prevent a terrorist attack on New York, but is forced to go on the run when she is framed for crimes she did not commit.
A literature professor is a high-stakes gambler. Bennett is always a risk-taker and when he borrows from a mobster and offers his own life as security, he is always a risk-taker as well. Staying one s...
Rocky IV: The American Punch
Rocky IV is dually symbolic - it embodies both the victory of the American boxer over the Soviet one and the victory of neo-liberalism over a dwindling socialism. Today, Rocky is held up as a model by...
Arthur Bishop is an elite assassin with a unique talent for cleanly eliminating targets. Bishop is the best job in the business because it requires total dedication and professional excellence. Bishop...
The Real Rocky
Chuck Wepner is from New Jersey. He was abused by Sonny Liston, got his nose broken by Muhammad Ali, and inspired the movie "Rocky" which won three Academy Awards. After being left out of the "Rocky" ...
Kyle and Sarah Miller have everything: a huge gated house on the water, fancy cars, and the potential for romance in their relationship. He's just back from a business trip and their teen daughter is ...
Mardik: From Baghdad to Hollywood
An intimate portrait of an oft-forgotten character in Hollywood: the screenwriter. Raised in Baghdad, screenwriter Mardik Martin was infused with an early love for movies when he was sent to the U.S. ...
In the Ring
There is an extensive look at the making of Rocky.
The Net 2.0
After arriving in Istanbul to start a new job, the life of a young computer systems analyst is thrown into turmoil. Her bank account is empty, her credit cards are useless, and her identity has been s...
MasonDixon challenged him to a nationally televised, 10-round exhibition fight after he lost a virtual boxing match. To the surprise of his son and friends, Rocky agreed to come out of retirement and ...
Home of the Brave
The day after they get the word they'll go home in two weeks, a group of soldiers from Spokane are attacked in an Iraqi city. We follow four of them - a surgeon who saw too much, a teacher who lost a ...
The 'New York, New York' Stories
Made in 2005, this documentary traces the history of NY, NY, beginning with the formation of the producing partnership between Irwin Winkler and Robert Chartoff. It was they who developed the initial ...
Slim was about to enter a life of domestic bliss when she marriedMitch. After the arrival of their first child, her picture perfect life is shattered when she discoversMitch's hidden possessive dark s...
Life as a House
When a man is diagnosed with terminal cancer, he takes custody of his misanthropic teenage son, for whom quality time means getting high, engaging in small-time prostitution, and avoiding his father.
The Shipping News
An emotionally-beaten man with his young daughter moves to his ancestral home in Newfoundland to rebuild his life.
In this documentary, artist-filmmaker Nicholas Hondrogen asks people to describe memorable moments of their lives. Some, such as Norman Lear and Indian activist Russell Means, talk about religion, whi...
With his boss on trial for murder, a mob thug known as "the Teacher" told Annie that she had to talk her fellow jurors into a not-guilty verdict, implying that he would kill her son if she failed. Whe...
Bennett is a software engineer. Bennett inadvertently becomes involved in a conspiracy that will cause her life to be turned upside down and make her the target of an assassination when a cyber friend...
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HBO First Look
"Hbo First Look" is a television show that chronicles up and coming movies. A League of Their Own starring Tom Hanks aired in 1992. Interviews with the actors are included in the series. Part document...
Night and the City
Looking to get rich quick, an unsuccessful lawyer uses dishonest means to try and become a boxing promoter.
Guilty by Suspicion
Hollywood's notorious 'Blacklist Era' is vividly recreated in this compelling story. Director David Merrill can revive his career if he testifies against his friends who are suspected of being communi...
A crooked accountant has left him broke after a lifetime of taking shots, and a lifetime of taking shots has ended Rocky's career. Following in the footsteps of his trainer, Rocky takes on a boxer.
Martin Scorsese Directs
Providing behind the scenes footage of the director on set with clips from his own films, Martin Scorsese Directs depicts to riveting effect the way Scorsese brings the written story to life on the bi...
The true story of Henry Hill, a half-Irish, half-Sicilian Brooklyn kid who is adopted by neighbourhood gangsters at an early age and climbs the ranks of a Mafia family under the guidance of Jimmy Conw...
After Apollo Creed was knocked out in an exhibition match by a big man from the Soviet Union, Rocky goes to Russia to avenge his defeat.
An aging actor with a battle with alcoholism is being destroyed by the publisher of a celebrity gossip tabloid.
Tom Dobb becomes an unwilling participant in the American Revolution after his son Ned is drafted into the Army by the villainous Sergeant Major Peasy. Tom is convinced that he needs to fight for the ...
The Right Stuff
A chronicle of the original Mercury astronauts in the formation of America's space program: Alan Shepherd, the first American in space; Gus Grissom, the benighted astronaut for whom nothing works out ...
Now the world champion, Rocky Balboa is living in luxury and only fighting opponents who pose no threat to him in the ring, until Clubber Lang challenges him to a bout. After taking a pounding from La...
A playwright is holding a candle. He is dealing with a production nearing premiere, a wife who is leaving him, and 5 children that belong to her.
After the fight is over, Apollo Creed and Rocky try to put it behind them. Creed seeks a rematch to restore his reputation, while Rocky settles down with Adrian, but can't put his life together outsid...
Female movie goers rioted in the streets and committed suicide after the death of a silent screen actor.
New York, New York
An egotistical saxophone player and a young singer meet on V-J Day and embark upon a strained and rocky romance, even as their careers begin a long uphill climb.
Going from a lawyer to a writer is a career path that is not bashful. Being hopelessly enamored with his leading lady, who chooses to reward his attentions by getting herself hitched to Buck Greenaway...
When Apollo Creed wants to give an unknown fighter a shot at the title as a publicity stunt, his handlers choose palooka Rocky Balboa, an uneducated collector for a Philadelphia loan shark. It will be...
Freed is an English professor in New York City. A severe gambling addiction is threatening to destroy Freed.
The two CIA bunglers were fired for botching a Soviet defection.
The crime boss is being brought to justice by two vice squad officers. Two cops dressed as gays raid a bar.
Up the Sandbox
A young wife and mother, bored with day-to-day life in New York City and neglected by her husband, slips into increasingly outrageous fantasies: her mother breaking into the apartment, an explorer's d...
Arthur Bishop likes to make his targets' deaths seem like accidents. He's made a lot of money, but he's depressed and lonely as he gets older, so he takes on one of his victim's sons as his apprentice...
The New Centurions
An idealistic cop joins the LAPD to make ends meet while finishing law school, and is taught by a veteran As a police officer, he loses his family and ambitions.
Gary and Shay are two happy-go-lucky flower children who travel around the state of California.
Believe in Me
A medical student is known for making his patients feel comfortable. His genuine concern for the patients in his charge makes him a hot prospect in his internship program. Pamela works at a children's...
The Gang That Couldn't Shoot Straight
There are two Mafia gangs in New York. The weaker gang blackmails the other gang with a lion. One of the gangs was stopped by the police, while the other remained without their leader.
The Strawberry Statement
Simon, a student at a fictional university in San Francisco, is indifferent to the student protests around him, until walking in on a naked woman in his dormitory roommate's bed. Simon wanted his room...
They Shoot Horses, Don't They?
A dance marathon is held in the middle of the Great Depression. A failed actress, a middle-aged sailor, a delusional blonde and a pregnant girl are some of the people.
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