Birth Place: Hungary
Death Place: Beverly Hills, California, USA
In 1945 Pasternak fought MGM for permission to film the now classic live-action/animated sequence in "Anchors Aweigh", in which Gene Kelly dances with the cartoon mouse, Jerry (at a cost of $150,000).
Over a 40-year career, Pasternak was responsible for 105 films, mostly family-oriented, frothy fare which earned a total of some $400 million. He headed one of MGM's three musical "units" in the 1940s and, in 1960, produced the influential adolescent-romance-on-the-beach film, "Where the Boys Are".