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Also Known As: Scott D. Rudin Died:
Born: July 14, 1958 Cause of Death:
Birth Place: New York City, New York, USA Profession: producer, executive, casting director, production assistant

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A leading producer of diverse Hollywood features and Broadway productions, Scott Rudin was seen as a show business wunderkind when he was named President of Production at 20th Century Fox at the age of 27. Rudin went on to spend nearly a decade producing steady box office hits for Paramount Pictures, earning as much of a reputation for delivering high quality dramas, comedies and thrillers, as for his notoriously quick temper and revolving door of employees. Shortly after settling into a deal with Disney in 2004, Rudin hit a career high mark when the Coen Brothers' "No Country for Old Men" (2007) - which he had produced - and Paul Thomas Anderson's "There Will be Blood" (2007) -which he had executive produced - were both nominated for Academy Awards for Best Picture. Along with the Coen Brothers, he would win Best Picture for "No Country for Old Men."

A leading producer of diverse Hollywood features and Broadway productions, Scott Rudin was seen as a show business wunderkind when he was named President of Production at 20th Century Fox at the age of 27. Rudin went on to spend nearly a decade producing steady box office hits for Paramount Pictures, earning as much of a reputation for delivering high quality dramas, comedies and thrillers, as for his notoriously quick temper and revolving door of employees. Shortly after settling into a deal with Disney in 2004, Rudin hit a career high mark when the Coen Brothers' "No Country for Old Men" (2007) - which he had produced - and Paul Thomas Anderson's "There Will be Blood" (2007) -which he had executive produced - were both nominated for Academy Awards for Best Picture. Along with the Coen Brothers, he would win Best Picture for "No Country for Old Men."

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Began career as assistant to stage producers, Kermit Bloomgarden and Robert Whitehead
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Became Broadway casting director
1978:
First film credit as casting director, "King of the Gypsies"
1980:
Moved to Los Angeles; joined Edgar J. Scherick Associates
1981:
First film as producer, "I'm Dancing As Fast As I Can"
1983:
Formed Scott Rudin Productions
1984:
Became producer for 20th Century Fox
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Named executive of Production division, 20th Century Fox
1986:
Appointed President of Production, 20th Century Fox
1987:
Resigned from Fox
1992:
Signed a three-year, first-look deal with Tristar Pictures
1993:
Signed a first-look deal with Paramount
1993:
Joined Jujamcyn Theaters to help in the development of new theater
1993:
First project with Jujamcyn, David Henry Hwang's "Face Value"; production closed during previews and lost $1.2 million
1994:
Produced Stephen Sondheim-James Lapine musical "Passion"
1995:
Had a critical and box-office hit with Amy Heckerling directed comedy "Clueless"
1995:
Was one of the producers of the ill-fated remake of "Sabrina"
1996:
Served as a producer of the hit Broadway revival of "A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum"
1996:
In partnership with Robert Fox, Roger Berlind, the Shubert Organization and others, produced the acclaimed Broadway play "Skylight," written by David Hare
1996:
Had a hit with "The First Wives' Club," which starred Bette Midler, Goldie Hawn, and Diane Keaton
1996:
Was a producer of the screen version of the play "Marvin's Room," starring Keaton
1997:
Enjoyed a box-office hit with "In & Out"
1998:
Co-produced the Tony-nominated production of "The Chairs"
1998:
Produced David Hare's "The Judas Kiss," a play about Oscar Wilde starring Liam Neeson
1998:
Served as one of the producers on the acclaimed film "The Truman Show"
1998:
Co-produced David Hare's "The Blue Room" which marked the Broadway debut of Nicole Kidman
1999:
Was a producer of two Broadway transfers of hit London plays, "Closer" by Patrick Marber and "Amy's View" by Hare
1999:
Served as a producer on "South Park: Bigger, Longer & Uncut"
2000:
With Richard D Zanuck, co-produced "Rules of Engagement," starring Tommy Lee Jones and Samuel L Jackson
2000:
With the New York Shakespeare Festival and others, produced the Tony-nominated musical "The Wild Party"
2000:
Was a producer on the award-winning play "Copenhagen"; also teamed with the Shubert Organization and others to present Arthur Miller's drama "The Ride Down Mt. Morgan" on Broadway
2000:
Produced John Singleton's loose remake of "Shaft," starring Jackson
2001:
Produced "The Royal Tenenbaums" starring Gene Hackman and Anjelica Huston and directed by Wes Anderson
2002:
Produced "The Hours" starring Nicole Kidman and Meryl Streep based on the novel by Michael Cunningham
2004:
Produced "Closer," which starred Natalie Portman, Jude Law, Julia Roberts and Clive Owen and is based on the play by Patrick Marber; film was nominated for a Golden Globe for Best Picture (Drama)
2006:
Produced the award winning films, "Notes on a Scandal" starring Cate Blanchett and Judi Dench, "Venus" starring Peter O'Toole and "The Queen" starring Helen Mirren
2007:
Produced the Coen brothers' award winning feature "No Country for Old Men"
2010:
Produced "The Social Network," a film directed by David Fincher about the founding of the social networking website Facebook
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Notes

In November 2001, Scott Rudin was sued by composer Stephen Sondheim and book writer John Weidman over the rights to a musical in development called "Gold!" (formerly "Wise Guys"). Ruding countersued claiming fraud and breach of contract. The matter was resolved in February 2002 and allowed the production to continue without Rudin's participation.

"Whenever Scott was insisting on something, I'd take the pillows off the couch and go under the desk and build a fort with them. The way to deal with Scott is to out juvenile him. He's a two-year-old in an old Jewish man's body." --Director Barry Sonnenfeld on how to work with Rudin, from New York Newsday, November 30, 1993.

"I'm incredibly loyal, but being nice is not my natural instinct." --Rudin quoted in New York Newsday, November 11, 1993.

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