Super producer Richard D. Zanuck has passed away. The guy who gave us some of the best films in cinematic history such as "The Sting" and "Jaws" died of a heart attack at his Beverly Hills home according to THR. He was 77.
Zanuck also produced the Oscar-winning film "Driving Miss Daisy," as well as "The Verdict" and "Cocoon." He recently collaborated with Tim Burton and Johnny Depp in "Alice in Wonderland" and "Dark Shadows."
It's pretty much safe to say that Zanuck gave the world Steven Spielberg by letting the then-unknown director helm "Jaws." And honestly? That film still holds up to this day!
Here's what Spielberg has to say about Zanuck (from THR):
"In 1974, Dick Zanuck and I sat in a boat off Martha's Vineyard and watched the mechanical shark sink to the bottom of the sea,” he recalled. “Dick turned to me and smiled. ‘Gee, I sure hope that's not a sign.’ That moment forged a bond between us that lasted nearly 40 years.
“He taught me everything I know about producing. He was one of the most honorable and loyal men of our profession, and he fought tooth and nail for his directors. Dick Zanuck was a cornerstone of our industry, both in name and in deed.”
Awww...very well said! Goodbye Mr. Zanuck, and thanks for the celluloid memories!
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