January 7, 1930|
|Died||October 7, 2012
Hollywood Hills, California
|Alma mater||University of Southern California|
Hank Moonjean (January 19, 1930 – October 7, 2012) was an American film producer, executive producer, and associate producer. His production credits included Dangerous Liaisons, Child's Play, and The Great Gatsby and several movies featuring Burt Reynolds. Moonjean and film producer Norma Heyman jointly received an Academy Award for Best Picture nomination for the 1988 dramatic film, Dangerous Liaisons.
Life and career
Moonjean, who was Armenian American, was born in Evanston, Illinois. He graduated from the University of Southern California (USC). He answered an employment ad from MGM Studios soon after graduation from USC and became an uncredited assistant director for the 1954 film, Bhowani Junction, directed by George Cukor. He worked for MGM for eight years. He became a second director for numerous MGM films while at the studio: Blackboard Jungle, The Prodigal, It's Always Fair Weather, Love Me or Leave Me, The Tender Trap, I'll Cry Tomorrow, A Catered Affair, "Kismet," Tea and Sympathy and Raintree County.
Moonjean collaborated to produce or co-produce many films starring Burt Reynolds, including The End in 1978, Hooper in 1978, Smokey and the Bandit II in 1980, Paternity in 1981, Sharky's Machine in 1981, and Stroker Ace in 1983.
In 2008, Moonjean released his memoir, "Bring In The Peacocks: Memoirs Of A Hollywood Producer". He also donated an extensive collection of film advertisements to the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences.
- "Producer Hank Moonjean dies, Oversaw 'Dangerous Liaisons,' Burt Reynolds hits". Variety Magazine. 2012-10-09. Retrieved 2012-10-29.
- "R.I.P. Hank Moonjean". Variety Magazine. 2012-10-08. Retrieved 2012-10-29.