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Also Known As: Alan Walbridge Ladd Iii, Alan "Laddie" Ladd Jr. Died:
Born: October 22, 1937 Cause of Death:
Birth Place: Los Angeles, California, USA Profession: producer, agent, studio executive

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The son of movie star Alan Ladd, Alan Ladd, Jr. forged an impressive legacy of his own as a maverick producer and studio head responsible for several of the greatest films of the late-20th century. A former Hollywood talent agent, Ladd began his career as a producer in the United Kingdom on mid-range genre films like "The Walking Stick" (1970) and "Villain" (1971). Returning home to work at 20th Century Fox, Ladd oversaw such hits as "Young Frankenstein" (1974) on his way to being named studio chief. Among his more memorable achievements was the shepherding of such genre-defining classics as "Star Wars" (1977) and "Alien" (1979) through the haphazard production process. Soon after, he formed The Ladd Company, where he produced films like the Oscar-winning "Chariots of Fire" (1981) and the iconic futuristic thriller "Blade Runner" (1982). Unfortunately, the box office failure of "The Right Stuff" (1983) contributed to the shuttering of The Ladd Company in the mid-1980s, although as Chairman of MGM/UA, Ladd continued to greenlight a series of instant classics, including "Moonstruck" (1987) and "Thelma and Louise" (1991). Resurrecting The Ladd Company under Paramount, Ladd garnered another Oscar for Mel...

The son of movie star Alan Ladd, Alan Ladd, Jr. forged an impressive legacy of his own as a maverick producer and studio head responsible for several of the greatest films of the late-20th century. A former Hollywood talent agent, Ladd began his career as a producer in the United Kingdom on mid-range genre films like "The Walking Stick" (1970) and "Villain" (1971). Returning home to work at 20th Century Fox, Ladd oversaw such hits as "Young Frankenstein" (1974) on his way to being named studio chief. Among his more memorable achievements was the shepherding of such genre-defining classics as "Star Wars" (1977) and "Alien" (1979) through the haphazard production process. Soon after, he formed The Ladd Company, where he produced films like the Oscar-winning "Chariots of Fire" (1981) and the iconic futuristic thriller "Blade Runner" (1982). Unfortunately, the box office failure of "The Right Stuff" (1983) contributed to the shuttering of The Ladd Company in the mid-1980s, although as Chairman of MGM/UA, Ladd continued to greenlight a series of instant classics, including "Moonstruck" (1987) and "Thelma and Louise" (1991). Resurrecting The Ladd Company under Paramount, Ladd garnered another Oscar for Mel Gibson's "Braveheart" (1995) and continued his success with "The Brady Bunch Movie" (1995) and its sequel before returning to work as an independent producer on such films as director Ben Affleck's "Gone Baby Gone" (2007). Revered for his keen eye for talent and unwavering standards, Ladd's reputation as one of Hollywood's top producers was well deserved.

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CAST: (feature film)

1.
 Last Mogul, The (2005) Cast
2.
 Omen Legacy, The (2001) Interviewee
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1961:
Served with US Air Force
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Began career as motion picture talent agent at Creative Management Associates, Los Angeles
1970:
Produced first feature, "A Severed Head"
1973:
Joined 20th Century-Fox in charge of creative affairs in feature division
1974:
Named vice president of production at 20th Century-Fox Film Corp, Los Angeles
1976:
Promoted to senior vice president, 20th Century-Fox Film Corp, (Worldwide Productions division), Beverly Hills, CA
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Rose to president, 20th Century-Fox Pictures
1979:
Resigned from 20th Century-Fox
1979:
Founded The Ladd Co, Burbank CA; used the Warner Bros lot
1985:
Appointed president and COO of MGM/UA Entertainment Co.
1986:
Named CEO of UA Corp and chairman of the board of directors; also CEO Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer Pictures, Inc., Culver City, CA; successful films included "Moonstruck" (1987) and "A Fish Called Wanda" (1988)
1988:
Executive produced first feature, "Vice Versa"
1988:
Resigned from MGM/UA
1989:
Named co-chairman of Pathe Communications Corp.; also chairman and CEO of Pathe Entertainment
1991:
Appointed chairman and CEO of MGM-Pathe Communications Corp after the resignation of Giancarlo Parretti (April)
1992:
Dennis Stanfill appointed co-chair and co-CEO of MGM-Pathe
1993:
Ousted as head of MGM in July; signed an exclusive three-year pact with Paramount to develop and produce films
1996:
Signed three-year extension with Paramount
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Notes

On his move to Paramount: "I feel good about the whole thing. It doesn't bother me about Paramount having a say on projects. I don't want to make a picture nobody over there wants. It's time that I can do things I want to do and not worry if the bank will guarantee an actor's salary ... It's also a huge weight off my shoulders not having to be involved in all the politics." --Alan Ladd Jr quoted in Variety, August 20, 1993.

"When your father is a famous actor, it is perhaps inevitable that you will take an interest in movies. But few children of Hollywood have done so well for themselves in the entertainment industry as Alan Ladd Jr. ... Mr. Ladd is almost universally liked in Hollywood, although some executives note that he has a checkered box-office record (he helped champion "Star Wars" at Fox, but lost millions as producer of "The Right Stuff"). --From The New York Times, April 21, 1991.

"At the time of his exit from Fox in 1979, Ladd's official reason for exiting the studio was the overwhelming amount of administrative work involved in running the studio [see The Hollywood Reporter, June 27, 1979]. however, sources familiar with the scenario at the time indicated that there was definitely enmity between Stanfill and Ladd . . . over inequitable bonuses handed out by Stanfill in the film division and the reneging by Stanfill on an agreement Ladd made with George Lucas to give the director the copyright to 'Raiders of the Lost Ark'." --From The Hollywood Reporter, January 22, 1992.

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wife:
Patricia Ann Ladd. Married on August 30, 1959; divorced in 1983.
wife:
Cindra Ladd. Married on July 13, 1985.

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father:
Alan Ladd. Actor. Born on September 3, 1913; died on January 29, 1964; tough-guy star of such films as "This Gun for Hire" (1942), "The Blue Dahlia" (1946), "Shane" (1953) and "The Carpetbaggers" (1964).
mother:
Marjorie Jane Ladd.
half-brother:
David Ladd. Actor. Born on February 5, 1947; mother, Sue Carol.
half-sister:
Alana Ladd. Mother, Sue Carol.
daughter:
Kelliann Ladd. Producer. Married to entertainment lawyer John Gatti; gave birth to daughter Isabelle in May 1999.
daughter:
Tracy Elizabeth Ladd.
daughter:
Amanda Sue Ladd.
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