Philip D’Antoni, producer of the first R-Rated film to win the Oscar for Best Picture, “The French Connection
,” died last week of kidney failure, according to his son-in-law, Mark Rathaus
. He was 89.
D’Antoni made his name in the ’60s and ’70s as a producer of films with iconic car chases. In “French Connection,” New York detective Jimmy “Popeye” Doyle (Gene Hackman
) chases down a subway train holding a wanted sniper with a stranger’s Pontiac
. D’Antoni was also producer on the famous 1968 crime film “Bullitt
,” which is known for a climactic car chase through the streets of San Francisco with Steve McQueen
behind the wheel of a Ford
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After those films, D’Antoni also served as producer on several more crime movies and TV shows, including ABC
’s “Strike Force,” and the 1973 Roy Scheider
film “The Seven-Ups
,” the latter of which he also directed.
” and “French Connection,” “Seven-Ups” features a major car chase, with Bill Hickman
getting chased by Scheider in a pursuit on the streets of New York in a pair of Pontiacs
. In all three films, Hickman was involved as a stunt driver in the chase sequences.
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New Hollywood filmmaker William Friedkin
, who directed “The French Connection
,” honored his friend and collaborator on Twitter
Phil D’Antoni. My friend and the great producer
Of The French Connection
has died. May he Rest
– William Friedkin (@WilliamFriedkin) April 23, 2018
D’Antoni is survived by his wife, five children, and nine grandchildren.
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