28 January 2014 5:28 PM, PST | EW - Inside Movies | See recent EW.com - Inside Movies news »

Tom Sherak, a storied figure in the industry who is perhaps best known for serving as the President of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, died Tuesday at his home in Calabasas, Calif., after a long battle with prostate cancer. He was 68.

Sherak served as the Academy President from 2009 to 2012. During his tenure he took Oscar voting online and made strides in diversifying the demographic of voting members.

“In the more than 30 years I’ve known Tom, his passionate support of and excitement about the motion picture business, the Academy, his family and friends never wavered. He was truly larger than life, »

- Lindsey Bahr

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