Richard D. Zanuck
|Richard D. Zanuck|
Zanuck at the 62nd Annual Academy Awards, March 26, 1990
|Born||Richard Darryl Zanuck
December 13, 1934
Los Angeles, California
|Died||July 13, 2012
Beverly Hills, California
|Cause of death||Heart attack|
(m. 1958–1968; divorced, 2 children)
(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
Life and career 
Richard Darryl Zanuck was born in Los Angeles, California, to actress Virginia Fox and Darryl F. Zanuck, then head of 20th Century Fox. While studying at Stanford University, he began his career in the film industry working for the 20th Century Fox story department. In 1959, Zanuck had his first shot at producing with the film Compulsion. In the 1960s, Zanuck became the president of 20th Century Fox. One year of his tenure, 1967, is chronicled in the John Gregory Dunne book The Studio. After failures like 1967's Doctor Dolittle, he was fired by his father and joined Warner Bros. as Executive Vice President. In 1968, he married model and actress Linda Harrison; they divorced in 1978.
In 1972, Zanuck joined up with David Brown to form an independent production company called The Zanuck/Brown Company at Universal Pictures. The two men produced a pair of Steven Spielberg's early films, The Sugarland Express (1974) and Jaws (1975). They subsequently produced such box office hits as Cocoon (1985) and Driving Miss Daisy (1989) before dissolving their partnership in 1988. They were jointly awarded the Irving G. Thalberg Memorial Award by the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences in 1990. He worked with Tim Burton six times, producing Planet of the Apes (2001), Big Fish (2003), Charlie and the Chocolate Factory (2005), Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street (2007), Alice in Wonderland (2010), and Dark Shadows (2012). He and Burton connected immediately, and Zanuck was his producer of choice.
|1987||CBS Summer Playhouse||Episode: "Barrington"|
|1992||Driving Miss Daisy||television film|
|2000||72nd Academy Awards|
|2004||Dead Lawyers||television film|
- 1975: Nomination, Best Picture: Jaws
- 1982: Nomination, Best Picture: The Verdict
- 1989: Best Picture: Driving Miss Daisy
- 1990: Irving G. Thalberg Memorial Award
Other awards 
- 1991: Nomination, BAFTA
- 1998: Hollywood Film Award
- 2000: Nomination, Emmy, Outstanding Variety, Music, or Comedy Special for 72nd Academy Awards
- 2004: Nomination, BAFTA
- 2005: Nomination, BAFTA Children's Award
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- "Richard and Lili Fini Zanuck to Produce 72nd Oscar Telecast" (Press release). Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences. 1999-09-29. Retrieved 2008-07-16.
- "Hollywood producer Richard Zanuck dies at 77". 14 July 2012.