R.I.P. Richard Zanuck

Richard Zanuck, who died today at 77, was one of the most famous and longest-working producers in Hollywood. He was born into the industry. His father, Darryl Zanuck, co-founded 20th Century Fox in 1933 and served as its vice-president in charge of production. Richard produced his first film, Richard Fleischer’s Compulsion, in 1959, when he was 24. Three years later, with 20th Century Fox in chaos over the expensive fiasco of the Elizabeth Taylor epic Cleopatra, Darryl Zanuck persuaded the studio’s board of directors to empower him as chairman, and named his son president of the company. Richard ...
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