Irwin Winkler - Updated Jul 2024

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Irwin Winkler

Irwin Winkler is a popular film producer and director. Irwin Winkler works over 58 motion pictures, dating back to 1967’s “Double Trouble,” starring Elvis Presley.

Early Life

Irwin Winkler was born on the 28th of May 1931, in New York City, the United States. According to the astrological charts, he has a zodiac sign of Gemini and is currently 92 years old. Meanwhile, he was born to a Jewish family background and belongs to the Ashkenazi Jewish.

In terms of his family background, he was born to Anna Winkler (mother) and Sol Winkler (father). However, he has never talked much about his early childhood life as well as his siblings.

Growing up in Coney Island, one of his first jobs was on a boardwalk bumper ride. He graduated from high school early and got admitted to New York University, but he felt out of place among the older and more mature students, many of whom were G.I. Bill recipients.

When the Korean War broke out, he volunteered to join the Army and was stationed in Louisiana for two years. Following his service, Winkler returned to New York University, where he earned a degree in American Literature in 1955.

Professional Career

After graduating from university, Irwin Winkler’s first job was at the William Morris Agency (WMA). His first clients as an agent included comedians Sammy Shore and Jackie Vernon, though Winkler describes himself as a “mediocre” agent.

In the late 1960s, Winkler and his partner Robert Chartoff founded the production company Winkler-Chartoff Productions and began producing films. “Double Trouble” (1967), starring Elvis Presley, was their first film (along with Judd Bernard). Their next project was John Boorman’s thriller “Point Blank” (1967), starring Lee Marvin and now considered a classic.

Dissolved of Chartoff-Winkler Productions

They added Sydney Pollack to their production team for one project, “They Shoot Horses, Don’t They?” (1969), and received critical acclaim. Their next film, “The Strawberry Statement” (1970), won the Cannes Jury Prize. With “Rocky” (1976), Chartoff and Winkler achieved their greatest success to date, winning the Academy Award for Best Picture.

Following that, the producing team received Best Picture Oscar nominations for “Raging Bull” (1980) and “The Right Stuff” (1983), their final collaboration before Chartoff-Winkler Productions dissolved in 1985.

After the dissolution of the Production company, he produced films including “The Right Stuff” (1983), which received eight Academy Award nominations and four wins, and “Round Midnight” (1986), which received two Academy Award nominations.

Irwin Winkler

Caption: Sylvester Stallone, with producers Irwin Winkler, and Robert Chartoff receive the Best Picture award for their movie Rocky during the 49th Academy Awards ceremony (Source: Yahoo Movies UK)

He then produced back-to-back Costa-Gavras films, “Betrayed” (1988) and “Music Box” (1989), which was nominated for and won the Golden Bear at the Berlin Film Festival, before receiving another Best Picture Oscar nomination for “Goodfellas” (1990). Moreover, he also produced “Rocky II” (1978), “Rocky III” (1982), “Rocky IV” (1985), and “Rocky V” (1990).


Caption: Irwin Winkler direction works (Source: NY Post)

Winkler made his directorial debut with “Guilty by Suspicion” (1991), a drama about the Hollywood blacklist starring Robert De Niro that was nominated for the Palme d’Or at the 1991 Cannes Film Festival.

His second film, “Night and the City” (1992 film), a remake of ”Night and the City,” also starred De Niro and was selected as the closing feature for the 1992 New York Film Festival.

Furthermore, as the writer-director of Sandra Bullock’s “The Net” (1995), he had a successful box office run, which spawned a series of the same name that debuted on the USA Network in 1998.

Comeback and started producing films again

Meanwhile, he continued to produce films such as “The Shipping News” (2001), “Enough” (2002), the 2014 remake of “The Gambler” —he’d also produced James Toback’s 1974 original—and his return to the Rocky franchise with “Rocky Balboa” (2006) and the spin-offs-sequels “Creed” (2015), which was nominated for multiple awards including 6 NAACP Image Awards, winning 4, and “Creed II” (2018).

His collaboration with Scorsese continued with “The Wolf of Wall Street” (2013), “Silence” (2016), and “The Irishman” (2019), which was Winkler’s first collaboration with Netflix. In 2019, he released his autobiography, “A Life in Movies: Stories from 50 Years in Hollywood.”

Net Worth 2023

Working as a film producer and director, he has earned a huge sum of money and lives a lavishing lifestyle. As of 2023, his net worth is estimated at around $100 million which he has been able to earn through his successful directing and producing career.

Relationship Status

Caption: Irwin Winkler with his wife, Margo Winkler (Source: Getty Images)

Irwin Winkler married his wife Margo Winkler in 1959. Meanwhile, they first met while still working at WMA in New York. After that, the couple moved to Los Angeles in 1966. Charles Winkler, David Winkler, and Adam Winkler are the couple’s three sons. Adam Winkler, Winkler’s youngest son, is a constitutional law professor at UCLA School of Law and a published author.

Body Measurements

Caption: Irwin Winkler attending a program (Source:

Meanwhile, this old man has grey hair with light brown eyes colour. However, his exact height, weight, dress size, shoe size, and many others are yet under review.

Irwin Winkler – Social Media

Presently, this American producer and director is not active on social media sites such as Instagram, Twitter, and Facebook.