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Richard D. Zanuck
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Zanuck at the 62nd Annual Academy Awards, March 26, 1990
Richard Darryl Zanuck

(1934-12-13)December 13, 1934
Died July 13, 2012(2012-07-13) (aged 77)
Cause of death Heart attack
Alma mater Stanford University
Years active 1956–2012
Spouse(s) Lili Gentle
(m. 1958–1968; divorced, 2 children)
Linda Harrison
(m. 1969–1978; divorced)
Lili Fini Zanuck
(m. 1978–2012; his death)
Children With Linda Harrison: Dean Zanuck, Aug 11, 1972
Harrison Zanuck, February 23, 1971

Richard Darryl Zanuck (December 13, 1934 – July 13, 2012) was an American movie producer. He won an Academy Award for Best Picture in 1989 for his work in Driving Miss Daisy. He has also won the Irving G. Thalberg Memorial Award, and a Hollywood Film Award. Zanuck and David Brown were one of the most successful movie producers in Hollywood in the 1960s and in the 1970s.

Early life

Zanuck was born on December 13, 1934 in Los Angeles, California, to actress Virginia Fox and Darryl F. Zanuck. He was educated at Stanford University.

Personal life

Zanuck was married to Lili Gentle from 1958 until they divorced in 1968. Later he married Linda Harrison from 1969 until they divorced in 1978. Lastly he married Lili Fini Zanuck from 1978 until his death in 2012. He has two children.


Zanuck died on July 13, 2012 from a heart attack in his Beverly Hills, California home. He is survived by his wife, they had no children. More than 130 people attended his funeral.

Some of his movies

  • Compulsion (1959)
  • The Sound of Music (1965)
  • SSSSSSS (1973)
  • Jaws (1975)
  • Jaws 2 (1978)
  • Cocoon (1985)
  • Cocoon: The Return (1988)
  • Driving Miss Daisy (1989)
  • Rich in Love (1993)
  • Chain Reaction (1996)
  • Deep Impact (1998)
  • True Crime (1999)
  • Planet of the Apes (2001)
  • Big Fish (2003)
  • Charlie and the Chocolate Factory (2005)
  • Sweeny Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street (2007)
  • Alice in Wonderland (2010)
  • Clash of the Titans (2010)
  • Dark Shadows (2012)
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