Menahem Golan

1929 - 2014

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Menahem Golan (Hebrew: מנחם גולן; May 31, 1929 – August 8, 2014, originally Menachem Globus) was an Israeli film producer, screenwriter, and director. He was best known for co-owning The Cannon Group with his cousin Yoram Globus. Cannon specialized in producing low-to-mid-budget American films, primarily Genre films, during the 1980s after Golan and Globus had achieved significant filmmaking success in their native Israel during the 1970s.Golan produced movies featuring actors such as Sean Connery, Sylvester Stallone, Chuck Norris, Jean-Claude Van Damme, and Charles Bronson, and for a period, was known as a producer of comic book-style movies like Masters of the Universe, Superman IV: The Quest for Peace, Captain America, and his aborted attempt to bring Spider-Man to the silver screen. Read more on Wikipedia

Since 2007, the English Wikipedia page of Menahem Golan has received more than 417,224 page views. His biography is available in 26 different languages on Wikipedia (up from 25 in 2019). Menahem Golan is the 288th most popular film director (down from 262nd in 2019), the 141st most popular biography from Israel (down from 129th in 2019) and the most popular Israeli Film Director.

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Among film directors, Menahem Golan ranks 288 out of 1,580Before him are Mikhail Kalatozov, Nanni Moretti, Krzysztof Zanussi, Anatole Litvak, Yuen Woo-ping, and Sofia Coppola. After him are Elem Klimov, Ruggero Deodato, Tsui Hark, Ousmane Sembène, Ken Russell, and Barbet Schroeder.

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Among people born in 1929, Menahem Golan ranks 117Before him are Zillur Rahman, Emmanuel Le Roy Ladurie, Isabel Sarli, John Polanyi, Jigme Dorji Wangchuck, and Sam Nujoma. After him are Anne Meara, Robert Faurisson, Branko Zebec, Alexis Weissenberg, Édouard Balladur, and Kateb Yacine. Among people deceased in 2014, Menahem Golan ranks 89Before him are Alice Herz-Sommer, Leo Tindemans, Gottfried John, Karl Albrecht, Valeri Kubasov, and Jack Bruce. After him are Viktor Tikhonov, Robert Hansen, Milan Galić, Alexander Shulgin, Lorna Wing, and Vasily Petrov.

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Among people born in Israel, Menahem Golan ranks 141 out of 389Before him are Ali Hassan Salameh (1940), Yigael Yadin (1917), David Grossman (1954), Haya Harareet (1931), Henry II of Jerusalem (1271), and Israel Tal (1924). After him are Aristobulus II (null), Ilan Ramon (1954), Yaacov Agam (1928), Ghassan Kanafani (1936), Jonathan Apphus (-200), and Mariam Baouardy (1846).


Among film directors born in Israel, Menahem Golan ranks 1After him are Assi Dayan (1945), Ralph Bakshi (1938), Amos Gitai (1950), Elia Suleiman (1960), Ari Folman (1962), Avi Arad (1948), Hany Abu-Assad (1961), Samuel Maoz (1962), and Oren Peli (1970).