14 Jul 2012

Film producer Richard D. Zanuck dies

6:12 pm on 14 July 2012

Hollywood movie producer Richard D. Zanuck, whose films include Oscar winner Driving Miss Daisy, has died.

Zanuck, the son of early Hollywood mogul Darryl Zanuck, earned numerous awards over more than 50 years of making movies.

He ran the 20th Century Fox film studio at a time when it cranked out hits such as The Sound of Music, Patton and The French Connection, which all went on to win best film Oscars.

As a producer with business partner David Brown, he helped usher into theatres hits such as Jaws, The Sting and Cocoon.

Zanuck continued to be active in Hollywood throughout his life, working recently on the movie Dark Shadows, which starred Johnny Depp and was directed by Tim Burton, as well as on remakes of Planet of the Apes and Charlie and the Chocolate Factory.

Zanuck died in Los Angeles on Friday of a heart attack, his spokesman said in a statement. He was 77.

He is survived by his wife Lili Fini Zanuck, sons Harrison and Dean, and nine grandchildren.