James Jacks

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James Jacks
Born (1947-12-29)December 29, 1947
United States
Died January 20, 2014(2014-01-20) (aged 66)
Los Angeles, California, U.S.
Alma mater Carnegie Mellon University (BS)
Cornell University (MBA)
Occupation Film producer

James "Jim" Jacks (December 29, 1947 – January 20, 2014[1]) was an American film producer of several blockbuster films.

Born December 29, 1947, Jacks grew up in a military family. He graduated from Carnegie Mellon University with a B.S. in Industrial Engineering and from Cornell University with an MBA. He was working as a Wall Street financial analyst when he decided to be a screenwriter. Unsuccessful, he became head of production at Circle Films in the early- to mid-1980s and then senior vice-president of production at Universal Studios from the late-1980s into the early-1990s. In 1992, he became an independent producer with Alphaville Films, which he co-founded with Sean Daniel. He left Alphaville Films in 2004.[2]

Jacks died on January 20, 2014 of a heart attack at his Los Angeles home at the age of 66.[3]

Selected filmography[edit]


Year Title Notes
1987 Raising Arizona executive producer
1993 Dazed and Confused producer
Heart and Souls executive producer
Hard Target producer
Tombstone producer
1995 Village of the Damned co-executive producer
Mallrats producer
1996 Don't Look Back executive producer
Michael producer
1997 The Jackal producer
1998 A Simple Plan producer
1999 The Mummy producer
2000 The Gift producer
2001 Down to Earth producer
The Mummy Returns producer
Rat Race executive producer
2002 The Scorpion King producer
Dark Blue producer
2003 The Hunted producer
Intolerable Cruelty executive producer
2008 The Mummy: Tomb of the Dragon Emperor producer
The Scorpion King 2: Rise of a Warrior producer
2012 The Scorpion King 3: Battle for Redemption executive producer


Year Title Notes
2001 Attila executive producer


  1. ^ "James R. Jacks Obituary". Los Angeles Times. January 30, 2014. Retrieved 6 September 2018 – via Legacy.com.
  2. ^ Thompson, Anne (January 21, 2014). "RIP 'Mummy' and 'Raising Arizona' Producer James Jacks, Who Died of a Heart Attack Monday". Indiewire.com. Penske Business Media, LLC. Retrieved 5 September 2018.
  3. ^ McNary, Dave (January 20, 2014). "'The Mummy,' 'Dazed and Confused' Producer James Jacks Dies in Los Angeles". Variety.com. Penske Business Media, LLC. Retrieved 5 September 2018.

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