Samuel Z. Arkoff Net Worth

Samuel Z. Arkoff Net Worth is
$1.6 Million

Samuel Z. Arkoff Bio/Wiki, Net Worth

By the early 1950s, future movie mogul Samuel Z. Arkoff was a brash 30-ish lawyer scratching out a living by representing his in-laws and the Hollywood fringe, which included many of now infamous director/angora-clad transvestite Edward D. Wood Jr.'s social circle. As a shark, Arkoff was physically imposing and capable of scaring the snot out of ...

Date Of BirthJune 12, 1918, Fort Dodge, Iowa, United States
DiedSeptember 16, 2001, Burbank, California, United States
Place Of BirthFort Dodge, Iowa, USA
ProfessionProducer, Miscellaneous Crew, Actor
SpouseHilda Russoff (m. 1945–2001)
ChildrenLou Arkoff, Donna Roth
Star SignGemini
1[on why he left AIP after it merged with Filmways] Because I couldn't get along with one of the asses who was heading Filmways.
2[on working with older, established stars in his horror pictures] Vincent [Vincent Price] started out during serious stuff [ . . . ] [Bela Lugosi] had been a serious dramatic actor in Europe, and Basil Rathbone had been a stage actor. Rathbone had no humor; he was in a couple of our pictures. Vincent had a lot of humor, and so did Peter Lorre--he was really my favorite.
3[on working with Basil Rathbone] I still felt that he was playing other kinds of roles a bit. My guess is that he was doing horror more for the money than because he really loved it. I always had the feeling about Basil that he would just as soon have been in a different kind of picture.
4Thou shalt not put too much money into one picture. And the money you do spend, put it on the screen; don't waste it on the egos of actors or on nonsense that might appeal to serve highbrow critics.
5Exhibitors would come up to me and say "Sam, if we could just punch sprocket holes in the campaign and throw the film away...."
6On the morning Jim [James H. Nicholson, his partner at American International Pictures] would come in and say, "What do you think of this title: The Beast with a Million Eyes (1955)?" Ahhh, I could hear the money rolling in.
1Interviewed in "Interviews with B Science Fiction and Horror Movie Makers: Writers, Producers, Directors, Actors, Moguls and Makeup" by Tom Weaver (McFarland 1988).
2Explained his "ARKOFF Formula" for making a successful movie, during a 1980s TV appearance: A good movie should include Action (excitement and drama), Revolution (controversial or revolutionary ideas), Killing (a degree of violence), Oratory (memorable speeches and dialogue), Fantasy (popular dreams and wishes acted out), and Fornication (sex appeal, to both sides).
3Hilda, his wife of 55 years, died in July 2001. Sam died less than two months later.
4He was a lawyer. He graduated from Loyola Law School in Los Angeles in 1948.
5Father-in-law of Joe Roth.
6Father of Lou Arkoff and Donna Roth.


Crypt of the Vampire1964executive producer: US version
Muscle Beach Party1964executive producer
Rome Against Rome1964executive producer - uncredited
The Comedy of Terrors1963producer
Hercules and the Masked Rider1963presentation producer - english version
The Lost World of Sinbad1963producer - english version
The Haunted Palace1963executive producer - uncredited
Beach Party1963executive producer
X: The Man with the X-Ray Eyes1963executive producer
Operation Bikini1963executive producer
The Raven1963executive producer
Summer Holiday1963executive producer - US prints only
Fury of Achilles1962producer
Panic in Year Zero!1962executive producer
Tales of Terror1962executive producer
Invasion of the Star Creatures1962producer - uncredited
Burn, Witch, Burn1962producer
Journey to the Seventh Planet1962producer - uncredited
Premature Burial1962producer - uncredited
Pit and the Pendulum1961executive producer
Master of the World1961executive producer
Space Men1960executive producer
Saiyûki1960producer - English version
Black Sunday1960executive producer - U.S. version
Circus of Horrors1960producer
A Bucket of Blood1959executive producer - uncredited
Horrors of the Black Museum1959producer - uncredited
Tank Commandos1959producer - as A James H. Nicholson and Samuel Z. Arkoff Production
Paratroop Command1959producer - as A James H. Nicholson Samuel Z. Arkoff Production
Submarine Seahawk1958executive producer - as A James H. Nicholson and Samuel Z. Arkoff Production
La morte viene dallo spazio1958executive producer - uncredited
The Spider1958executive producer
Teenage Cave Man1958executive producer
High School Hellcats1958producer
War of the Colossal Beast1958executive producer
The Bonnie Parker Story1958producer
Machine-Gun Kelly1958executive producer
Suicide Battalion1958executive producer
Terror from the Year 50001958executive producer
The Saga of the Viking Women and Their Voyage to the Waters of the Great Sea Serpent1957executive producer
The Amazing Colossal Man1957executive producer - uncredited
Motorcycle Gang1957executive producer
Reform School Girl1957producer
Invasion of the Saucer Men1957executive producer
Dragstrip Girl1957executive producer
Voodoo Woman1957executive producer
Runaway Daughters1956executive producer
The She-Creature1956executive producer
It Conquered the World1956executive producer - uncredited
Girls in Prison1956executive producer
The Beast with a Million Eyes1955producer - uncredited
The Hank McCune Show1950TV Series producer
Teenage Caveman2002TV Movie executive producer
Mermaid Chronicles Part 1: She Creature2001TV Movie executive producer
The Day the World Ended2001TV Movie executive producer
How to Make a Monster2001TV Movie executive producer
Earth vs. the Spider2001TV Movie executive producer
The Haunting1999executive producer - uncredited
Hellhole1985executive producer
Up the Creek1984executive producer
The Final Terror1983executive producer - uncredited
Q1982executive producer - uncredited
Underground Aces1981executive producer
Dressed to Kill1980executive producer - uncredited
The Earthling1980producer - uncredited
How to Beat the High Co$t of Living1980executive producer
C.H.O.M.P.S.1979executive producer
The Amityville Horror1979executive producer
California Dreaming1979executive producer
The Visitor1979executive producer - uncredited
Our Winning Season1978executive producer
The Island of Dr. Moreau1977executive producer
The People That Time Forgot1977executive producer
Empire of the Ants1977executive producer
The Town That Dreaded Sundown1976executive producer
A Matter of Time1976executive producer
Futureworld1976executive producer
The Great Scout & Cathouse Thursday1976executive producer
The Food of the Gods1976executive producer
Street People1976executive producer
Dragonfly1976executive producer
Return to Macon County1975executive producer
Hennessy1975executive producer
Cooley High1975executive producer
The Wild Party1975executive producer
Abby1974executive producer
The Land That Time Forgot1974producer - uncredited
Madhouse1974executive producer
Sugar Hill1974executive producer
Hell Up in Harlem1973executive producer
Slaughter's Big Rip-Off1973executive producer
Heavy Traffic1973producer
Scream Blacula Scream1973executive producer
Dillinger1973executive producer
Coffy1973executive producer - uncredited
Blacula1972executive producer
Slaughter1972executive producer
Dr. Phibes Rises Again1972executive producer
Boxcar Bertha1972executive producer - uncredited / producer - uncredited
Baron Blood1972executive producer - as Sam Lang
Whoever Slew Auntie Roo?1972producer
Bunny O'Hare1971executive producer
Murders in the Rue Morgue1971executive producer
Gojira tai Hedorâ1971executive producer - American version, uncredited
The Abominable Dr. Phibes1971executive producer
Wuthering Heights1970producer
Up in the Cellar1970producer
Space Amoeba1970producer - US version
Cry of the Banshee1970producer
Dorian Gray1970executive producer
Bloody Mama1970executive producer
The Dunwich Horror1970producer
An Evening of Edgar Allan Poe1970executive producer
De Sade1969producer
Chastity1969executive producer - uncredited
Three in the Attic1968executive producer
Wild in the Streets1968producer
The Conqueror Worm1968executive producer - uncredited
The Savage Seven1968executive producer
Devil's Angels1967executive producer
Thunder Alley1967executive producer
Dr. Goldfoot and the Girl Bombs1966executive producer
The Wild Angels1966executive producer
Fireball 5001966producer
The Ghost in the Invisible Bikini1966producer
Queen of Blood1966producer - uncredited
The Big T.N.T. Show1966Documentary executive producer
Dr. Goldfoot and the Bikini Machine1965producer
Die, Monster, Die!1965executive producer
Spy in Your Eye1965presentation producer - english version
Planet of the Vampires1965executive producer
Sergeant Dead Head1965producer
Frankenstein Conquers the World1965executive producer / producer - US version
How to Stuff a Wild Bikini1965producer
Ski Party1965co-executive producer - uncredited
City in the Sea1965executive producer - uncredited
Beach Blanket Bingo1965producer
Pajama Party1964producer
The Tomb of Ligeia1964producer - uncredited
The Time Travelers1964producer - uncredited
Uchû daikaijû Dogora1964executive producer - US dubbed version
Bikini Beach1964producer


The Final Terror1983presenter
Dressed to Kill1980presenter
The Earthling1980presenter
Nothing Personal1980presenter
The Amityville Horror1979presenter
The Evictors1979presenter
Rolling Thunder1977presenter
The Island of Dr. Moreau1977presenter
The People That Time Forgot1977presenter
At the Earth's Core1976presenter
The Food of the Gods1976presenter
Macon County Line1974presenter
Golden Needles1974presenter
Little Cigars1973presenter
The Thing with Two Heads1972presenter
Boxcar Bertha1972presenter
Whoever Slew Auntie Roo?1972presenter
The Abominable Dr. Phibes1971presenter
Wuthering Heights1970presenter
The Dunwich Horror1970presenter
Two Gentlemen Sharing1969presenter
Angel, Angel, Down We Go1969presenter
Destroy All Monsters1968presenter - US version
Gamera vs. Viras1968presenter - AIP-TV release
The Trip1967/IIpresenter
The Born Losers1967presenter
Thunder Alley1967presenter
What's Up, Tiger Lily?1966presenter
Fireball 5001966presenter
The Ghost in the Invisible Bikini1966presenter
The Wild Weird World of Dr. Goldfoot1965TV Short presenter
Die, Monster, Die!1965presenter
Sergeant Dead Head1965presenter
Frankenstein Conquers the World1965presenter
Ski Party1965presenter
Beach Blanket Bingo1965presenter
Hercules and the Tyrants of Babylon1964presenter - english version
Simbad contro i sette saraceni1964presenter
Uchû daikaijû Dogora1964presenter - USA dubbed version
The Masque of the Red Death1964presenter
Hercules Against the Barbarians1964presenter
Muscle Beach Party1964presenter
The Comedy of Terrors1963presenter
Atragon1963presenter - USA release
X: The Man with the X-Ray Eyes1963presenter
Pit and the Pendulum1961presenter
Master of the World1961presenter
Escape to Paradise1960presenter
Ghost of Dragstrip Hollow1959presenter
Paratroop Command1959presenter
Hot Rod Gang1958presenter
The Bonnie Parker Story1958presenter
Attack of the Puppet People1958presenter
Jet Attack1958presenter
Suicide Battalion1958presenter
Terror from the Year 50001958presenter
Blood of Dracula1957presenter
The Amazing Colossal Man1957presenter
Motorcycle Gang1957presenter
I Was a Teenage Werewolf1957presenter
Dragstrip Girl1957presenter
Rock All Night1957presenter
Naked Paradise1957presenter
Shake, Rattle & Rock!1956presenter
Day the World Ended1955presenter
The Phantom from 10,000 Leagues1955presenter


Rebel Highway1994TV SeriesStorekeeper
Naked Paradise1957Sam (Man at Luau)


Frankenpimp2009special thanks
Spine Tingler! The William Castle Story2007Documentary special thanks
Teenage Caveman2002TV Movie in loving memory
How to Make a Monster2001TV Movie in loving memory of
Scream for Your Lives! William Castle and 'The Tingler'1999Video documentary short special thanks
The Man Who Drew Bug-Eyed Monsters1994TV Movie documentary special thanks - as Sam Arkoff
Chicago Joe and the Showgirl1990special thanks
Highway to Heaven1987TV Series acknowledgment - 1 episode
The Stone Boy1984special thanks


Midnight Madness: The History of Horror, Sci-Fi & Fantasy Films2010TV Series documentaryHimself
The Fearmakers Collection2007Video documentaryHimself
Schlock! The Secret History of American Movies2001DocumentaryHimself
Drive-in Movie Memories2001DocumentaryHimself
It Conquered Hollywood! The Story of American International Pictures2001TV Movie documentaryHimself
Mario Bava: Maestro of the Macabre2000TV Movie documentaryHimself
HBO First Look1999TV Series documentaryHimself
E! True Hollywood Story1999TV Series documentaryHimself
Playboy: The Story of X1998Video documentaryHimself - Distributor
The Dark Side of Hollywood1998DocumentaryHimself (as Samuel Arkoff)
Some Nudity Required1998DocumentaryHimself
After Sunset: The Life & Times of the Drive-In Theater1995Video documentaryHimself
A Visit with Vincent1994Video documentaryHimself
The Man Who Drew Bug-Eyed Monsters1994TV Movie documentaryHimself
The Troma System1993ShortHimself
Heartstoppers: Horror at the Movies1992TV Movie documentaryHimself
The Horror Hall of Fame II1991TV MovieHimself
Talking Pictures1988TV Series documentaryHimself
Late Night with David Letterman1986-1987TV SeriesHimself
Billy Baxter Presents Diary of the Cannes Film Festival with Rex Reed1980TV Movie documentaryHimself
This Is Your Life1973TV SeriesHimself

Archive Footage

The Fanex Files, Volume 2: Samuel Z. Arkoff2008Video documentaryHimself
The 74th Annual Academy Awards2002TV SpecialHimself (Memorial Tribute)

Won Awards

2002George Pal Memorial AwardAcademy of Science Fiction, Fantasy & Horror Films, USA

(Posthumously). Samuel Arkoff was one of the great pioneers in low-budget genre filmmaking in the ... More

1993Star on the Walk of FameWalk of FameMotion PictureOn 14 January 1993. At 7046 Hollywood Blvd.
1977Life Career AwardAcademy of Science Fiction, Fantasy & Horror Films, USA

Nominated Awards

1964Golden LaurelLaurel AwardsTop Producer8th place.

3rd Place Awards

1967Golden LaurelLaurel AwardsProducer

Known for movies

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