Richard D. Zanuck

Richard Zanuck

Highest Rated: 100% Compulsion (1959)

Lowest Rated: 18% Chain Reaction (1996)

Birthday: Dec 13, 1934

Birthplace: Los Angeles, California, USA

Though born into Hollywood royalty, producer Richard Zanuck frequently acted like a maverick, tackling offbeat, seemingly unfilmable projects and spinning them into box office gold. Zanuck began his career as the head of production for his father, legendary producer Darryl F. Zanuck, at 20th Century Fox, where he oversaw such classics as "The Sound of Music" (1965), "Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid" (1969), "Patton" (1970) and "The French Connection" (1971). Following a spate of less successful titles, he lost his job and went out on his own in the early 1970s. Teaming with fellow Fox expatriate David Brown, he set up The Zanuck/Brown Company and had a huge hit with "The Sting" (1973), which paved the way for successful collaborations with Steven Spielberg on "The Sugarland Express" (1974) and "Jaws" (1975). He went on to produce such acclaimed films as "The Verdict" (1982), "Cocoon" (1985) - in partnership with wife Lili Fini Zanuck - and "Driving Miss Daisy" (1989), which earned him an Academy Award. Zanuck returned to form with "Road to Perdition" (2002), and had continued success in collaboration with Tim Burton on "Big Fish" (2003) and "Alice in Wonderland" (2010). Thanks to both his pedigree and exemplary track record, Zanuck was an enduring figure in the Hollywood community who was both greatly admired and respected.

Filmography

Movies

Credit
36% 46% Dark Shadows Producer $79.7M 2012
27% 40% Clash of the Titans Executive Producer $163.2M 2010
51% 55% Alice in Wonderland Producer $334.2M 2010
46% 66% Yes Man Producer $97.7M 2008
86% 81% Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street Producer $52.9M 2007
83% 51% Charlie and the Chocolate Factory Producer $206.5M 2005
75% 89% Big Fish Producer $66.3M 2003
42% 49% Reign of Fire Producer $43.1M 2002
81% 86% Road to Perdition Producer $104.1M 2002
44% 27% Planet of the Apes Producer $180M 2001
36% 55% Rules of Engagement Producer $61.3M 2000
54% 49% True Crime Producer $16.6M 1999
45% 43% Deep Impact Producer $140.4M 1998
18% 27% Chain Reaction Executive Producer $20.6M 1996
31% 39% Mulholland Falls Producer $11.5M 1996
44% 27% Wild Bill Producer $2.1M 1995
19% 36% Clean Slate Producer $7.3M 1994
67% 38% Rich in Love Producer $2M 1992
71% 72% Rush Producer $6.6M 1991
82% 81% Driving Miss Daisy Producer $105.6M 1989
33% 35% Cocoon: The Return Producer $18.5M 1988
71% 35% Target Producer $9M 1985
79% 60% Cocoon Producer $75.9M 1985
88% 88% The Verdict Producer - 1982
58% 38% Jaws 2 Producer - 1978
50% 60% MacArthur Executive Producer - 1977
98% 90% Jaws Producer $260.9M 1975
85% 66% The Sugarland Express Producer - 1974
No Score Yet 20% The Girl From Petrovka Producer - 1974
No Score Yet 67% Willie Dynamite Producer - 1973
No Score Yet 13% The Chapman Report Producer - 1962
100% 86% Compulsion Producer - 1959

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