Awarded: April 2000
(March 15, 1913 - June 3, 2002)
Lew Wasserman, the former owner of MCA, was a long time studio chief. In a career that spanned six decades, as president and then chairman of MCA, he directed the vast media and communications empire that encompassed Universal Pictures, MCA records, Universal studios and the famed studio tour. He had enormous influence as head of the studio, expanded its interests and changed the way movies are made. In 1973, Wasserman received the Jean Hersholt Humanitarian Award from the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences.