Interview with The Great Escape producer Walter Mirisch "The Great Escape is coming to Blu-ray for the first time ever in celebration of its 50th anniversary. Tribute had the chance to speak with legendary Hollywood producer Walter Mirisch to celebrate the release. He started the Mirisch Corporation with his brothers, Harold and Marvin, in 1957, and produced not only The Great Escape but many other classic films, including In the Heat of the Night, Some Like it Hot, The Magnificent Seven, The Apartment, and the original The Pink Panther. Walter Mirisch was also the President of the Producers Guild of America three times and the President of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences from 1973-1977. Here's our interview with the brilliant and legendary producer."
Walter is my mom's first cousin. We visited him during a family vacation to California when I was 8. He was president of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences at the time and the next year we watched him on the Oscars. I haven't missed an Oscars since.