Adolph Zukor (January 7, 1873 - June 10, 1976) founded Paramount Pictures Studios in 1913. He was born in Ricse, Hungary, which was formerly a part of the Austrian-Hungary k.and k. Monarchy, and immigrated to America in 1889, at age 16. He became involved in the motion picture industry when he began work at a theater in 1893.
Zukor was also an accomplished director and producer. He retired from Paramount Studios in 1959 and thereafter assumed Chairman Emeritus status, a position he held up until his death at the age of 103 in Los Angeles, California, USA.