Richard Zanuck, famous Hollywood producer, dies at 77

Richard D. Zanuck was one of the most legendary and influential figures in the history of motion pictures. He died Friday morning at age 77.

He was a huge influence on Hollywood culture, first as the head of 20th Century Fox and, for the past four decades, as a film producer.

While running Fox he  released such classics such as “The Sound of Music,” “Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid” and “MASH.”

As an independent producer, Zanuck, who was the son of Darryl Zanuck, the first chief of Fox, was a driving force on movies such as “Jaws,” “Cocoon,” and “Driving Miss Daisy.”

In recent years, he had collaborated frequently with Tim Burton, producing about a half-dozen of the auteur’s movies, including the recently released“Dark Shadows.”

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Posted on July 13, 2012, in Announcement, Arts, Business, Cinema, Corporations, creativity, film, News, Obits, Opinion, Word from Bill and tagged , , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 2 Comments.

  1. I remember seeing a documentary on the making of Jaws. Zanuck really stuck his neck out for Spielberg on that movie. Behind schedule, overbudget and with a mechanical shark that didn’t work half the time Zanuck, going to bat for Spielberg with the studio higher ups, may have saved his career.

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