MUMBAI: Oscar-Winning producer Richard D. Zanuck, whose
distinguished career as a producer included The Sting
and Driving Miss Daisy, Jaws and other well-received
films as The Verdict and Cocoon, died on Friday of a
heart attack at his home in Beverly Hills. He was 77.
recent times , Zanuck produced Tim Burtons Alice
in Wonderland and Dark Shadows. He worked on six films
with the director.
as one of the more progressive producers in Hollywood,
Zanuck was partnered by his wife, Lili Fini Zanuck,
in their company called Zanuck Co. Their first production
was Driving Miss Daisy(1992). Winner of four Oscars,
the film captured several other top honors: a Golden
Globe award, the National Board of Review Award and
Producer of the Year honours from the Producers Guild
In 1999, Zanuck and his partner, David Brown, received
the Irving G. Thalberg award from the Academy of Motion
Picture Arts and Sciences.The occasion marked the first
time that an honoree was a second-generation recipient
Zanucks father, former 20th Century Fox
head of production, and chairman Darryl F. Zanuck, were
given the award in 1938, 1945 and 1951. They also happen
to be the only father and son producers to be nominated
for best picture at the Oscars.
1962, Zanuck became the youngest studio chief in history
in1965 when he was appointed by his father as head of
Fox at the age of 28. During his five years at the helm,
the studio earned an impressive 159 Oscar nominations.
Three of the films -- The Sound of Music (1965), Patton
(1970) and The French Connection (1971) -- won best