July 14, 2012

Vale – Richard D Zanuck

Filed under: Obituary — Rodney Twelftree @ 11:37 pm

Richard D Zanuck – 1934-2012

Legendary Hollywood producer and studio mogul Richard D Zanuck has passed away. Zanuck was the son of equally famous Hollywood producer Darryl F Zanuck, who famously fired him from his position at 20th Century Fox after the box office bomb that was Doctor Doolittle (1967). Richard Zanuck formed The Zanuck/Brown company in 1972, producing Jaws and Sugarland Express for Universal Studios, with Steven Spielberg as director. When Zanuck/Brown dissolved in 1988, they had also produced box office successes like Cocoon and Driving Miss Daisy; Zanuck would go on to become the producer de jour for Tim Burton, paving the way for films such as Planet of The Apes (2001), Big Fish, Charlie & The Chocolate Factory and the most recent Dark Shadows, among others. Zanuck also produced critical hits such as Rules Of Engagement and Road To Perdition, as well as critical failures like Yes Man and Reign Of Fire.

In 1990, both Zanuck and former producing partner David brown were awarded the Irving G Thalberg Memorial Award (Oscar). Mr Zanuck passed away on July 13th, aged 77. In a coincidence, Zanuck’s father was also 77 when he died. For his contribution to popular cinema, we salute Richard D Zanuck here today.

 

Normally detesting these kinds of bios, Rodney’s keen love of film more often outclasses his ability to write convincingly about them.

Never blessed with a body worthy of a porn star, nor being the heir to a wealthy industrialists fortune, nor suffering the tragedy of having his parents murdered outside a Gotham theater, Rodney is, contrary to popular opinion, neither Ron Jeremy, JD Rockefeller, or Batman.

As a serious appreciator of film since 1996, Rodney’s love affair with the medium has continued with his online blog, Fernby Films, a facility allowing him to communicate with fellow cineasts in their mutual love of all things movie.

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  1. Wonderful array of films in Zanuck's career…so glad he had faith in a young Spielberg whose budget was spiralling out of control on that film about the big killer fish!

      Top 10 Films Dan — July 18, 2012 @ 2:47 am

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