Harold (Hal) Elias, 93, motion picture executive who won a special Oscar for service to the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences. The New York-born publicity and advertising man headed MGM's cartoon and short subjects production from 1936 to 1955, during which the studio's "Tom and Jerry" cartoon series won eight Academy Awards. Elias earned his own Oscar in 1979 for distinguished service during his 25 years as an Academy governor and record 37 years as a board member. He was a fund-raiser and benefactor of the Motion Picture and Television Fund and died in the hospital that the fund supports. He began his entertainment industry career writing news and reviews for the trade publication Variety. On Sunday in Woodland Hills.
For the Record Los Angeles Times Friday July 23, 1993 Home Edition Part A Page 22 Column 2 Metro Desk 2 inches; 47 words Type of Material: Correction Elias obituary--The Times on Thursday incorrectly stated that Harold (Hal) Elias, 93, who died Sunday, had headed MGM's Academy Award-winning cartoon and short subjects production department from 1936 to 1955. He was executive assistant during that period to Fred Quimby, director of the department, and succeeded Quimby in 1955.
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