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Hollywood producer and president of 20th Century Fox who made his name with Jaws
Despite the fact that the giant shadow of his father, the legendary movie mogul Darryl F Zanuck, loomed large over him for most of his life, Richard Zanuck, who has died of a heart attack aged 77, triumphantly overcame inferences of nepotism and wisecracks such as "the son also rises", to become one of the most successful Hollywood producers in the last 50 years. His reputation was due initially to Jaws (1975), among the highest grossing movies up to that time, and he was a key figure in launching the career of its director, Steven Spielberg. Zanuck was Oscar-nominated for Jaws and won the Academy Award for best picture with Driving Miss Daisy (1989).
Born in Los Angeles, Zanuck seemed destined to enter show business. He was the third child and only son of the co-founder and head of 20th Century Fox, »
- Ronald Bergan
Zanuck also produced a string of Tim Burton fantasies. He was the son of the famed 20th Century Fox boss Darryl F Zanuck, who named him at age 28 as Fox's head of production, making him Hollywood's then youngest ever studio boss.
Richard D Zanuck spent the bulk of his 50-year career as an independent producer and earned numerous awards, including the Academy Award he shared with his wife and collaborator, Lili Fini Zanuck, for their work on Driving Miss Daisy. He also won the Irving G Thalberg Memorial Award from the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences for his work with longtime associate David Brown.
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