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Born: May 14, 1952 Cause of Death:
Birth Place: Chicago, Illinois, USA Profession: Producer ...
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Some sources list 1952 as the year of Mr. Zemeckis' birth.

Zemeckis was the first recipient of USC's Mary Pickford Alumni Award in 1995.

In October 1998, Zemeckis donated $5 million to the University of Southern California for the creation of a cutting-edge digital arts studio, known as the Robert Zemeckis Center for Digital Arts.

On discussing his and partner Bob Gale's taste in movies while in film school: "We like[d] Clint Eastwood movies, and we didn't get Godard." --Robert Zemeckis in Premiere, December 1989.

"Johnny Bago," an hour-long action-comedy with the emphasis on comedy, will follow the fractured tales of an ex-con named Johnny Tenuti [Peter Dobson], who's running for his life in a secondhand RV. Johnny Winnebago--Johnny Bago get it? We're not making this up. The series will debut on CBS in the spring. So what's this show like, Mr. Zemeckis? "Well, if you can imagine a Ralph Kramden for the '90s mixed with "The Fugitive," "Route 66," and "On the Road with Charles Kuralt," that's what "Johnny Bago" is like," the producer-director said. "We like to call it a random exploration of the burgs and byways of America ... " --From Daily News, January 21, 1993.

With deep emotional underpinnings, it ["Forrest Gump"] is not the sort of frenetic comedy that one would expect from Zemeckis. "One of the first conversations we had about this movie," [actor Tom] Hanks recalls, "was that this movie broke all his rules drilled into him to work on basic storytelling levels. There's no jeopardy. There's no clock running. Bob is a master at explaining the illogical, as in the "Back to the Future" movies, and having them make sense. But this is the opposite. He had to take this emotional story and put it in the trappings of a special effects epic in a way that was so natural, it served the human elements of the story, instead of how he usually works, where it serves the fantastic elements of the story." --From "Reality Bites Back" by David Kronke, Los Angeles Times Calendar, July 3, 1994.

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