Oscar-winning producer Richard Zanuck dead at 77

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richard zanuck Oscar winning producer Richard Zanuck dead at 77

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(AP) – Film producer Richard Zanuck, who won the best picture Oscar for “Driving Miss Daisy,” has died. He was 77. Zanuck’s publicist says he died of a heart attack at his Beverly Hills home on Friday.

Zanuck was also involved in such blockbuster films as “Jaws” and “The Sting” after his father, Hollywood mogul Darryl F. Zanuck, fired him from 20th Century Fox. Richard Zanuck’s run of successes as an independent producer rivaled the achievements of his legendary father.

The production company the younger Zanuck founded with David Brown produced “The Sting” in 1973, as well as Steven Spielberg’s first feature film, “The Sugarland Express,” in 1974 and Spielberg’s first blockbuster, “Jaws,” in 1975.

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