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Harvard educated, Jack Valenti has led several
lives: a wartime bomber pilot, advertising agency
founder, political consultant, White House Special
Assistant, movie industry leader.
current role as chairman
Chief Executive Officer of the Motion Picture
Association, Valenti has presided over and led the
American film and television industry as it has
confronted a sea change in the landscape of the
industry, both in the United States and abroad.
Born in Houston,
Texas, Valenti was the youngest (age15) high school
graduate in the city. As a young pilot in the Army
Air Corps in World War II, Lieutenant Valenti flew
51 combat missions as the pilot-commander of a B-25
attack bomber with the 12 Air Force in Italy. He
was awarded the Distinguished Flying Cross, the Air
Medal with four clusters, the Distinguished Unit
Citation with one cluster and the European Theater
Ribbon with four battle stars.
He has a B.A.
from the University of Houston and a M.B.A. from
In 1952, he
advertising / political consulting agency of Weekly
and Valenti. In 1955 he met the man who would have
the largest impact on his life, Senate Majority
Leader Lyndon B. Johnson. Valenti's agency was in
charge of the press during the visit of President
Kennedy and Vice President Johnson to Texas.
Valenti was in the motorcade (six cars back of the
President) in Dallas on November 22, 1963. Within
an hour of the assassination of John F. Kennedy,
Valenti was aboard Air Force One flying back to
Washington with the new President as the first
newly hired Special Assistant to the President.
On June 1, 1966,
House post to become the third man in MPA's history
(founded in 1922) to become its leader.
written four books
non-fiction): The Bitter Taste of Glory (World
Publishing), A Very Human President (WW. Norton
Co.) and Speak Up With Confidence (Wm. Morrow Co.).
His newest book is a political novel, Protect and
He has written
numerous essays for the New York Times, the Los
Angeles Times, the Washington Post, Reader's
Digest, Atlantic Monthly, Newsweek, Cox Newspapers
conferred upon him its highly prized Legion
d'Honneur, the French Legion of Honor. He has been
awarded his own star on Hollywood's Walk of
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