ALBERT "ABE" WARNER

Albert Warner (or Abe as he was affectionately referred to by fam and friends) ...was born July 23, 1884, in Poland.

 

He immigrated here with his mother, sister Ana, and brother Harry, on SS (Steamship) Hermann.  

 

From the start, it was clear Albert had a mind for business.  He could crunch very large numbers from an early age.  Albert could well be called the shy, or silent one, of the brothers.  Always as gentle natured as was brother, Harry.. Gentle but a giant when need be

 

In 1905, Albert hit the ground running with his brothers to form Warner Brothers Pictures. He was the trustee & CFO of Warner.  He would also attend functions in the name of/representing Warner.  

 

Such a function happened in November of 1947.  

November 25, 1947, to be exact... Albert Warner and other executives in the motion picture industry issued the Waldorf Statement, first promulgating the Hollywood Blacklist.

 

Around that time, Albert bought a beach home in Miami Beach, Florida, I lived in Florida from 2004-2006, in St. Petersburg.. I took it upon myself to make the trek to Miami one Saturday to find Albert's retirement beach home.. (It recently sold for a cool 12 mil..the yacht pictured, not included..  At least - I don't think lol...)  As of last year, was formerly owned by a Miami music producer He lived at his Florida beach home. for the remaining years of his life after retirement..

 

By 1956, the studio was doing well... Albert wanted to retire and live full time in his Miami Beach house.. 

Here is a shot from the front!! PLUSSSSHHH!!!!  (According to the realtor... NOO pictures of the inside without an appointment and interest deposit!! Pfft!)

In May 1956, the brothers announced they were putting Warner Bros. on the market. Jack, however, had other plans.  After the three brothers sold their stock, in an under-the-table deal with Sememenko, Jack joined Semenenko's syndicate and bought back all his stock, which consisted of 200,000 shares.  By the time Harry and Albert learned of their brother's dealings, it was too late. 

Albert read about Jack's dealings via newspaper, & immediately called Jack, sternly telling him

"because you have done this unthinkable, unspeakable thing..  I will now turn my back on you, forever!!"  

Then hung the phone up in Jack's ear.. Never speaking to Jack again!! The fallout caused ripple repercussions that, to this day, have the family of Warner's, all but have disowned Jack..  

He never spoke to Jack again, but he did  later rejoin the company's board of directors (accidentally on purpose, youknowwhatImean)... Amid coaxing from stockholders to quote.. "keep Jack from stealing the stockholders blind."

Albert enjoyed retirement afternoons on the stoop of this then coffee shop...

 

Abe died in 1967 in his plush, opulent, Miami Beach home.. 

 

A funeral service was held in the Los Angeles area.  Warner was then interred in Brooklyn, next to his first wife Bessie Krieger. After Albert's second wife Bessie Warner died in 1970 she was interred with him as well in Brooklyn.  The stud!!  😁

You can visit his grave & leave flowers & comment for Abe, here.​​

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