Magazine article Screen International

Obituary: Richard Zanuck 1934-2012

Magazine article Screen International

Obituary: Richard Zanuck 1934-2012

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The Oscar winning producer died on Friday (Jul 13) from a heart attack. He was 77.

Zanuck was born on Dec 13 1934 in Los Angeles to producer Darryl F Zanuck and actress Virginia Fox. After graduating from Stanford University and completing his military service he joined his father as a production assistant on Island In The Sun and The Sun Also Rises for Twentieth Century Fox.

At 24 he produced his first solo project Compulsion starring Orson Welles and produced two more films before being named president of production at Fox at the age of 28.

His tenure inspired a remarkable run of films at the studio that included The Sound Of Music, Patton, The French Connection, Butch Cassidy And The Sundance Kid and Planet Of The Apes, among others.

After Fox he moved to Warner Bros to become senior evp where he worked on such films as The Exorcist and Blazing Saddles with his future business partner David Brown. …

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