|In this July 27, 2010 file photo, Dean Zanuck, right, producer of the film "Get Low," poses with his father, veteran film producer Richard Zanuck, at the premiere of the film in Beverly Hills, Calif. According to his publicist, producer Richard D. Zanuck has died at age 77 on Friday, July 13, 2012, in Los Angeles. Zanuck won an Oscar for best picture for his film, "Driving Miss Daisy." (AP Photo/Chris Pizzello, File)|
Hollywood reacts to Richard Zanuck's death
Celebrities share their reactions to the death Friday of Oscar-winning producer Richard Zanuck:
-- "In 1974, Dick Zanuck and I sat in a boat off Martha's Vineyard and watched the mechanical shark sink to the bottom of the sea. Dick turned to me and smiled. `Gee, I sure hope that's not a sign.' That moment forged a bond between us that lasted nearly 40 years. He taught me everything I know about producing. He was one of the most honorable and loyal men of our profession and he fought tooth and nail for his directors. Dick Zanuck was a cornerstone of our industry, both in name and in deed." -- Steven Spielberg, whose films "Jaws" and "The Sugarland Express" Zanuck produced.
-- "I'm stunned! Richard was a good and longtime friend. A very fine producer who was wonderful to work for and with." -- Morgan Freeman, star of 1989's "Driving Miss Daisy," which earned Zanuck a best-picture Oscar.
-- "Dick was a legend in the industry and a true pleasure to work with, making his passing a true loss. His gut feelings for the art of cinema matched his brains for the business. He is already missed." -- Tom Hanks, who starred in "Road to Perdition" and other Zanuck films.
-- "The great Richard Zanuck. A filmmaking force I assumed would go on forever. His leadership on "Cocoon" made a huge difference He'll be missed." -- Ron Howard, director of "Cocoon."
-- "Richard Zanuck was a long-standing member of the Warner Bros. family and an extraordinary producer. His body of work includes some of the best loved films of all time, including our own `Driving Miss Daisy' ... He was a good friend and will always be remembered as a true gentleman who strove for and achieved excellence throughout his career." -- Barry Meyer, Chairman and CEO of Warner Bros.