Producer RICHARD D
Producer RICHARD D. ZANUCK commands
a distinguished reputation in the motion picture industry as one
of its most progressive and honored leaders.
Pre-eminent as an independent producer and former studio executive,
Zanuck has earned numerous awards and citations for his achievements
in his more than 30 years of filmmaking. He is a recipient of
the Irving G. Thalberg Memorial Award, which was bestowed upon
him and long-time associate David Brown in 1991. This particular
Thalberg Award makes Zanuck the only second-generation recipient
ever, in company with his father, Darryl F. Zanuck.
In 1989, Richard Zanuck, along with Lili Fini Zanuck, took home
an Oscar as producers of the Academy Award-winning Best Picture,
"Driving Miss Daisy." The film also earned them a Golden
Globe Award, The National Board of Review Award and "Producer
of the Year" honors from the Producer's Guild of America.
"Driving Miss Daisy" set another industry precedent--
making Richard and Darryl Zanuck the only father and son in motion-picture
history to both win Best Picture Oscars.
Zanuck began his career as a story and production assistant on
two Twentieth Century Fox Films, "Island In The Sun"
and "The Sun Also Rises." At age 24, he became a full-fledged
producer with the feature film "Compulsion." He followed
that with "Sanctuary," based on the William Faulkner
novel, and with "The Chapman Report," directed by George
At 28, Zanuck was named President of Production of Twentieth Century
Fox and became the youngest corporate head in Hollywood annals.
During his eight years at Fox's helm, he helped the studio earn
an unprecedented 159 Oscar nominations. Three of Fox's films,
"The Sound of Music," "Patton" and "The
French Connection," went on to win Best Picture Oscars. Other
successes include "The Planet of the Apes" series, "Butch
Cassidy and the Sundance Kid" and "M*A*S*H."
Zanuck subsequently moved from Fox to become Executive Vice-President
at Warner Bros., where he and soon-to-be partner David Brown oversaw
production of such box-office hits as "The Exorcist"
and "Blazing Saddles."
With the formation of the Zanuck/Brown Co. in 1971, one of the
motion picture industry's most distinguished and successful independent
production entities was born. Over the ensuing decade and a half,
Zanuck/Brown was responsible for such critical and box-office
hits as "Jaws," a triple-Oscar winner and Best Picture
nominee; "Jaws II;" "The Sugarland Express,"
Best Screenplay winner at the Cannes Film Festival and Stephen
Spielberg's first directorial effort; "The Sting," winner
of seven Academy Awards including Best Picture; and "The
Verdict," nominated for five Academy Awards. Along with Lili
Fini Zanuck, Zanuck/Brown also produced the double Oscar-winner
"Cocoon" and its sequel, "Cocoon: The Return."
The Zanuck Company, formed in 1988, scored a phenomenal success
with its debut production, "Driving Miss Daisy." Nominated
for nine Academy Awards, the film won four Oscars, including Best
Picture. Subsequent Zanuck Company productions include "Rush,"
which represented the directorial debut of Lili Fini Zanuck, "Rich
In Love," "Wild Bill" and "Mulholland Falls."
Zanuck's most recent release, "Deep Impact" has grossed
close to $250 million in the world marketplace so far, which made
it the first b
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