Robert Chartoff

Robert Chartoff

Highest Rated: 100% A Midsummer Night's Dream (2014)

Lowest Rated: 8% Nickelodeon (1976)

Birthday: Aug 26, 1933

Birthplace: New York, New York, USA

With producing partner Irwin Winkler, Robert Chartoff oversaw some of the biggest box office and critical hits of the 1970s and '80s, including "Rocky" (1976), "Raging Bull" (1980) and "The Right Stuff" (1983). Born Robert Irwin Chartoff on August 26, 1933 in The Bronx, New York, he was the son of musician William Chartoff and his wife, Bessie. He earned an introduction to show business through an uncle who worked as an agent and manager for talent performing in the Catskills resorts. Chartoff initially attended Columbia University to study law, but abandoned his schooling to launch his own theatrical management company with friend Irwin Winkler, then at the William Morris Agency. After viewing John Schlesinger's "Darling" (1965), they began representing its star, Julie Christie, and arranged for her screen test for David Lean's "Doctor Zhivago" (1965). Two years later, Chartoff and Winkler formed their own production company, Chartoff-Winkler Productions, and landed a deal at MGM, which distributed their first effort (with Judd Bernard), the Elvis Presley vehicle "Double Trouble" (1967). That same year, they produced the first of two adaptations of author Donald Westlake's crime novels: "Point Blank" (1967) was a surreal action-drama with Lee Marvin as a vengeful criminal, which was followed by "The Split" (1968), a heist film starring Jim Brown and Ernest Borgnine. The films, which put eclectic spins on traditional genre stories, set the tone for Chartoff and Winkler's subsequent productions. Their slate in the late '60s and early '70s ranged from the dark Depression-era drama "They Shoot Horses, Don't They?" (1969), which netted eight Oscar nominations, and solid action efforts like "The New Centurions" (1972) and "The Mechanic" (1972) with Charles Bronson, to offbeat fare like "Leo the Last" (1970), with Marcello Mastroianni and "Up the Sandbox" (1972) with Barbra Streisand. In 1976, Chartoff read a script about a club fighter by aspiring actor Sylvester Stallone, which he decided to not only fund, but also support Stallone's desire to play the leading role. "Rocky" (1976) became one of the biggest hits of the 1970s, and led to a four-decade franchise, as well as Stallone's enduring superstardom. The following year, he backed Martin Scorsese's music drama "New York, New York" (1977), which proved a box office failure, but their next collaboration, "Raging Bull" (1980), about real-life boxer Jake La Motta, received eight Oscar nominations, including their second Best Picture nod and became a modern classic. In 1983, Chartoff and Winkler scored another Best Picture nomination for "The Right Stuff," an adaptation of Tom Wolfe's study of the Mercury space program. The Philip Kaufman epic proved to be Chartoff and Winkler's last successful collaboration; they parted ways in 1985, after which Chartoff served as producer on a slew of modest film efforts, including Julie Taymor's "The Tempest" (2010) with Helen Mirren and "Ender's Game" (2013), a proposed science fiction franchise with Harrison Ford that failed to generate much audience interest. Chartoff's name was listed as producer (along with Winkler) on all of the subsequent "Rocky" sequels, including "Creed" (2015), which teamed Stallone with the grandson of his former adversary, Apollo Creed. The picture was in post-production when Chartoff died of pancreatic cancer on June 10, 2015.



95% 89% Creed Producer $109.7M 2015
100% 67% A Midsummer Night's Dream Producer - 2014
44% 31% The Gambler Producer $33.7M 2014
62% 65% Ender's Game Producer $61.7M 2013
53% 51% The Mechanic Executive Producer $29.1M 2011
30% 28% The Tempest Producer $263.4K 2010
77% 76% Rocky Balboa Executive Producer $70.3M 2006
23% 56% Country of My Skull Producer $163.5K 2004
42% 58% Straight Talk Producer $20.1M 1992
30% 31% Rocky V Producer $40.1M 1990
40% 76% Rocky IV Producer $125.4M 1985
96% 90% The Right Stuff Producer - 1983
66% 74% Rocky III Producer - 1982
67% 53% True Confessions Producer - 1981
94% 93% Raging Bull Producer $87.3K 1980
71% 82% Rocky II Producer - 1979
No Score Yet No Score Yet Uncle Joe Shannon Producer - 1978
8% 48% Nickelodeon Producer - 1976
93% 69% Rocky Producer - 1976
40% 42% Breakout Producer - 1975
No Score Yet 57% Busting Producer - 1974
80% 77% The Gambler Producer - 1974
No Score Yet 16% S.P.Y.S Producer - 1974
No Score Yet 62% The New Centurions Producer - 1972
33% 65% The Mechanic Producer - 1972
No Score Yet 47% Leo the Last Producer - 1970
85% 89% They Shoot Horses, Don't They? Producer - 1969
No Score Yet 32% The Split Producer - 1968
92% 84% Point Blank Producer - 1967