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Saul Zaentz (1921–2014)

Saul Zaentz learned gambling as a youth in Passaic, New Jersey, playing a card game called briscola. Later, in his twenties, he earned a full-time living as a gambler. Saul settled in San Francisco after WWII, at first working for a local record distributor and eventually joining the jazz record label Fantasy Records. Working as a salesman and ... See full bio »

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Won 3 Oscars. Another 12 wins & 4 nominations. See more awards »

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 2006 Goya's Ghosts (producer)
 1996 The English Patient (producer)
 1986 The Mosquito Coast (executive producer)
 1984 Amadeus (producer)
 1978 The Lord of the Rings (producer)
 1977 Three Warriors (producer)
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[from his Oscar acceptance speech for Amadeus (1984)] The five pictures nominated this year all had a curious relationship, in the fact that the filmmakers who made them had to fight and overcame many obstacles to make their films and to film their visions. One has to be proud to be a peer of the people who made The Killing Fields (1984), A Passage to India (1984), A Soldier's Story (1984) and ... See more »


Producing the Musical version of "Lord of the Rings" to open in London in the Spring of 2005. This will be the most expensive and complex stage show ever staged anywhere in the world. See more »

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