Commencement 2017


Honorary Degree Recipient

Michael Tadross

Michael Tadross, who has played a pivotal role as a leading figure in the film industry for the last thirty years, has most recently produced OCEAN'S 8, the Warner Brothers film starring Sandra Bullock, Cate Blanchett, Anne Hathaway and Rihanna. Other Warner Brothers films Tadross has produced include SHERLOCK HOLMES starring Robert Downey Jr. and Jude Law, RUN ALL NIGHT, starring Liam Neeson, COP OUT, starring Bruce Willis and Tracy Morgan, ARTHUR, starring Russell Brand, Helen Mirren, and Greta Gerwig, and I AM LEGEND, starring Will Smith, one of the highest-budgeted science fiction movies to be made completely filmed in New York City to date. Earlier, for Warner Brothers, he also produced THE DEVIL'S ADVOCATE, with Al Pacino and Keanu Reeves, JACK FROST, starring Michael Keaton, and ERASER, with Arnold Schwarzenegger, Vanessa Williams and James Caan.

Tadross' producing credits also include HITCH for Columbia Pictures with Will Smith and Kevin James, BASIC for Columbia Pictures with John Travolta and Samuel L. Jackson, ROLLERBALL for M.G.M. with Chris Klein, L.L. Cool J and Jean Reno, THE THOMAS CROWN AFFAIR, for M.G.M with Pierce Brosnan and Renee Russo, INDECENT PROPOSAL, for Paramount Pictures with Robert Redford and Demi Moore, SCHOOL TIES, for Paramount Pictures with Brendan Frazier, Matt Damon and Ben Affleck, BRENDA STARR, for Sony Pictures with Brook Shields and Timothy Dalton, and DIE HARD WITH A VENGEANCE, for 20th Century Fox with Bruce Willis, Jeremy Irons and Samuel L. Jackson - the highest grossing worldwide film of 1995.

During his tenure as Senior Vice President of Feature Production at Paramount Pictures, Tadross oversaw such blockbusters as FORREST GUMP, NAKED GUN 33 1/3, THE FIRM, CLEAR AND PRESENT DANGER, the WAYNE'S WORLD franchise, SEARCHING FOR BOBBY FISCHER, BEVERLY HILLS COP III, CONEHEADS, and SILVER, to name a few.

Tadross' made-for-television producing credits include WHEN WILL I BE LOVED? for CBS with Stephanie Powers, and DEADLY ILLUSION for Columbia Television, with Billy Dee Williams, and over twenty movies of the week.

He was Unit Production Manager for GHOST, COMING TO AMERICA, BLACK RAIN, TRADING PLACES, and DEATH WISH III, and was first assistant director on COCKTAIL with Tom Cruise and MASQUERADE with Rob Lowe. As a music producer, he has earned one gold and two platinum records.

Michael Tadross graduated with a B.A. from Wagner College and will receive the Wagner College Distinguished Graduate Award. He began his film career as a camera trainee and assistant film editor. He is a member of the PRODUCERS GUILD OF AMERICA, the DIRECTORS GUILD OF AMERICA, and the ACADEMY OF MOTION PICTURES ARTS AND SCIENCES. He has been nominated for the NAACP Image Award and received THE MOVIE GUIDE AWARD for best family oriented film of 2006 (Hitch). He is cited in WHO'S WHO OF EXECUTIVES AND PROFESSIONALS.

In addition to having served on the Board of Victory Memorial Hospital and Wagner College, his many honors include being made a member of the Honor Legion of the New York City Police Department, being given the State Achievement Award by Florida, The Governor's Appreciation Award by Nevada, having The City of Yonkers declare The Michael Tadross Day (June 12), and receiving the key to more than eight cities!

Tadross was born and raised in Brooklyn. He currently resides in New York City, Quogue, New York, Palm Beach, Florida, and Beverly Hills, California. He is married to Dr. Georgia Witkin, TV host and author of over 14 books. His son, Michael Tadross Jr. is a very successful independent film producer.

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