Magazine article Screen International

'The Boys & Girl from County Clare' Producer Evzen Kolar Dies Aged 67

Magazine article Screen International

'The Boys & Girl from County Clare' Producer Evzen Kolar Dies Aged 67

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Larger-than-life polyglot worked with Morgan Freeman, Sean Connery, Jean-Claude Van Damme.

Evzen Kolar, the Czech-born producer of The Boys & Girl From County Clare and City Of Industry, has died in California after a brief illness. He was 67.

Kolar was born in Moravia in the Czech Republic to a diplomat and got his first taste of entertainment as a child actor, before becoming an assistant director in Europe on commercials, television projects and features.

He lived in London in the late 1970s and produced fringe theatre before moving to the US in 1979 where he built a name for himself as a production executive, notching up numerous line producer and producer credits.

After stints as vice-president of production at Fireline Productions, a subsidiary of the Armand Hammer Company, and CEO at Crossover Films Ent, Kolar worked as a line producer. His credits included Never Say Never Again with Sean Connery, Street Smart starring Morgan Freeman, Master Of The Universe with Dolph Lundgren, Bat 21 with Gene Hackman and Danny Glover, Double Impact starring Jean-Claude Van Damme, and Storyville starring James Spader and Jason Robards.

In 1993, Kolar established his production company KPI Entertainment, producing such films as the cult youth comedy Surf Ninjas starring Leslie Nielsen and Rob Schneider and erotic drama Delta Of Venus, both for New Line, thriller City Of Industry starring Harvey Keitel for MGM, Inferno (aka Desert Heat) with Jean-Claude Van Damme for Columbia TriStar, and costume drama Bride Of The Wind directed by Bruce Beresford for Paramount Classics. …

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