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Producer STEVE TISCH's television and film projects have consistently focused on the lives of everyday people and the significant impact they have made upon society. His most noteworthy achievement is the production of 1994's Academy Award winner for Best Picture, "Forrest Gump." Along with receiving Best Picture, "Forrest Gump" received five other Academy Awards and also won a Golden Globe Award for Best Picture. It remains the fourth-highest-grossing domestic box office film of all time.

Tisch began his career in entertainment while still a student at Tufts University. His summer jobs included being a film booker in his family's theater chain, working for director John Avildsen and serving an apprenticeship under director Otto Preminger.

Upon graduation Tisch became Peter Guber's assistant at Columbia Pictures. At twenty-two he became a production executive at the studio. In 1976, Tisch left Columbia to produce his first motion picture, "Outlaw Blues." He met Jon Avnet during the shoot and soon the pair formed Tisch/Avnet Productions.

Tisch/Avnet's feature projects include the sleeper hit of 1983, "Risky Business," starring Tom Cruise in the role that catapulted him to stardom, as well as "Deal of the Century" and "Coast to Coast."

In 1984 Tisch/Avnet produced the telefilm "The Burning Bed," starring Farrah Fawcett. It holds the distinction of being the highest-rated television film ever aired on NBC, receiving eleven Emmy nominations and numerous other awards. Other television films include "Silence of the Heart," "Something So Right," "Prime Suspect," "Homeward Bound," "No Other Love" and "Call to Glory."

Tisch formed The Steve Tisch Company in 1986; his theatrical releases include "The Long Kiss Goodnight," "Dear God," "Corrina, Corrina," "Soul Man," "Hot to Trot," "Big Business," "Heart Condition," "Bad Influence" and "Heart of Dixie."

His made-for-cable movies include "Keep the Change," "Afterburn" and "Judgement." Other network movies are "The People Next Door," "Evil in Clear River" and "Out on the Edge."

Tisch was elected to AIDS Project Los Angeles' Board of Directors in 1991 and re-elected in 1992. During his tenure, he served as Board Chair and as Chair of the Development Committee. His financial contributions have placed him among APLA's top donors and fundraisers. He was recently honored with the Gay and Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation's Vanguard Award.


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