Showbiz nickname bestowed on Irwin Allen, the producer of such films as The Towering Inferno (1974) and The Poseidon Adventure (1972) and such television shows as the sci-fi series VOYAGE TO THE BOTTOM OF THE SEA/ABC/1964-68 and LOST IN SPACE/CBS/1965-68.
“I’m not going to run out of disasters. Pick up the daily newspaper — which is my best source for crisis stories — and you’ll find 10 or 15 every day. People chase fire engines, flock to car crashes. They thrive on tragedy. It’s unfortunate, but in my case it’s fortunate. The bigger the tragedy, the bigger the audience.” – Irwin Allen
Born on June 12, 1916 in New York City, New York, Irwin Allen died of a heart attack on November 2, 1991 in Santa Monica, California. He was 75.