Robert Tapert

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Robert Tapert
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Rob Tapert speaking at SPADA 2010
Born (1955-05-14) May 14, 1955 (age 58)
Michigan, U.S.A.
Occupation Film and television producer
Spouse(s) Lucy Lawless (1998–present)

Robert Gerard Tapert (born May 14, 1955), sometimes credited as Rob Tapert or Robert G. Tapert, is an American film producer, best known as the co-founder of Renaissance Pictures and went on to become founder of Ghost House Pictures.

Biography[edit]

Tapert first became involved with filmmaking while attending Michigan State University. He intended to study economics, but was drawn into film courses by his roommate Ivan Raimi's brother Sam Raimi, who had been making films of his own for many years, usually with his brothers Ivan and Ted, and Raimi's childhood friend Bruce Campbell.

He has two sisters Dorothy Tapert and Mary Beth Tapert, he also has a younger brother, Jeff Tapert. He is married to actress Lucy Lawless.

Producing career[edit]

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Tapert and Sam Raimi worked together to create The Happy Valley Kid, the story of a young man, played by Tapert, who goes to college, only to be met with rejection at every turn. Near the end of the film, he loses his mind, dresses up as a cowboy, and begins gunning down all those who wronged him. Despite its seemingly serious plot, the film is largely a comedy. The film was screened at Michigan State several times, and made a profit for Raimi and Tapert.

Tapert then made a feature film, a graphic horror film titled The Evil Dead, directed by Sam Raimi and starring Bruce Campbell. Thanks to a glowing review from author Stephen King, the film was a success with the crowd at the Cannes Film Festival in France, although not a favorite of critics. The film was successful enough to spawn two sequels, Evil Dead II and Army of Darkness.

Tapert has produced numerous other films, typically involving Raimi and/or Campbell in some capacity, such as Crimewave, Easy Wheels, Lunatics: A Love Story, Darkman, Timecop, The Gift, The Grudge (and its sequel, The Grudge 2) and 30 Days of Night.

During the 1990s, Tapert produced several television series, most notably Hercules: The Legendary Journeys and Xena: Warrior Princess.

Tapert's most recent television project, Spartacus: Blood and Sand for Starz, premiered in 2010.[1] He with his friend Sam Raimi became founders of Ghost House Pictures, which came upon the interest of a project named Panic Attack!,[2] directed by Uruguayan filmmaker Fede Alvarez.[3] Tapert will produce alongside Sam Raimi the Ghost House Pictures project Dibbuk Box, which was renamed The Possession.[4]

Tapert, along with Raimi and Campbell, produced the remake of The Evil Dead, through Ghost House Pictures.[5] The project was directed by Fede Alvarez, who also wrote the project with Rodo Sayagues and Diablo Cody, who "Americanized" the script.

Robert is currently developing a new drama series "Airborne", a Vietnam War drama that will capture the human story of war as it follows the lives of a young helicopter crew. [6]

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