The son of Darryl F. Zanuck, who was also an award-winning producer of cinema, is dead. Richard D. Zanuck worked for his father at 20th Century Fox, rising to the ranks as chief mogul. He also headed Warner Brothers, and later formed his own production company, with an office at Universal.
Much of his work were honored with accolades, including The Sound of Music, Doctor Doolittle, The Sugarland Express, The Sting, Jaws, The Eiger Sanction, Cocoon, The Verdict, Driving Miss Daisy, Road to Perdition, Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, and Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street. His final production was Dark Shadows, released earlier this year. He worked on furthering the careers of Steven Speilberg, Tim Burton, Paul Newman, Robert Shaw, and Johnny Depp.
In 1976, Zanuck announced a much-publicized deal with the estate of novelist Margaret Mitchell to produce a sequel to Gone With the Wind. A book and script were prepared, but the project never materialized on film.
Zanuck co-produced the 2000 Academy Awards ceremony. The Board of Governors gave the producer the Irving G. Thalberg Award in 1990.
Richard D. Zanuck was 77.
RICHARD ZANUCK SAGE STALLONE
The son of Sylvester Stallone was found deceased; most likely the victim of an accidental overdose of prescription medication. Sage Stallone was an aspiring filmmaker and actor. His uncle was Frank Stallone.
He appeared in two of his father’s movies: Rocky V and Daylight. Sage also produced a number of two-reelers. In 1996, he and film editor Bob Murawski co-founded Grindhouse Releasing, a Los Angeles company dedicated to the restoration and preservation of the exploitation genre of motion pictures.
Sage was planning a wedding to his longtime fiancee. The Stallone family is asking for privacy while the LAPD conducts an official investigation.
Sage Stallone was 36.
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