Saturday, 14 July 2012

In Memory of Richard D. Zanuck (1934-2012) (Updated)






Richard D. Zanuck (1934-2012)

Hey, this is Film Guru Lad 
here, I've some sad news,
Richard D. Zanuck, the man 
who is responsible for 
producing 'Jaws', 'Cocoon' 
& 'Driving Miss Daisy' has 
died of a heart-attack at 
the age of 77. 

He was born in Los Angeles, 
California and is the son of 
actress Virginia Fox and the 
legendary head of 20th Century
Fox, Darryl F. Zanuck. He 
studied at Stanford University and began his career at the movie industry working for the story department of 20th Century Fox. The first picture that Richard had produced in 1959 was 'Compulsion', then in the 60s he became president of Fox; one year of his tenure. After disastrous failures like the 1967 version of 'Doctor Doolittle', Richard was later forced out from the studio and then joined Warner Bros. as Executive Vice President and one year later in 1972, he joined with David Brown to form an independent production company called The Zanuck/Brown Company at Universal Pictures. The two men had begun with 'The Sting' and produced both of Steven Spielberg's early movies with the latter would be 'Jaws'. They produced such box-office hits as 'Cocoon' and 'Driving Miss Daisy' before ending their partnership in 1988. In 1990 they were jointly award the Irving G. Thalberg Memorial Award by the Academy Motion Picture Arts and Sciences. In six times he worked with director Tim Burton, beginning with the 2001 remake of 'Planet of the Apes' to the latest picture 'Dark Shadows'. He is survived by his wife Lili Fini Zanuck and his children from his previous marriages including Dean and Harrison.


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