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Also Known As: Sean Peter Daniel Died:
Born: August 15, 1951 Cause of Death:
Birth Place: New York City, New York, USA Profession: executive, producer, documentarian, assistant director, journalist

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A former head of production at Universal Pictures who went on to become a prolific producer in partnership with Jim Jacks, Sean Daniel supervised and/or green-lighted such films as "National Lampoon's Animal House" (1978), "Missing" (1982), "Gorillas in the Mist" (1988), "Field of Dreams" and "Do the Right Thing" (both 1989) while at Universal. As a producer, he has given the world Edward James Olmos' "American Me" (1992), Richard Linklater's "Dazed and Confused" (1993), and Nora Ephron's hit "Michael" (1996). A native New Yorker, Daniel received his undergraduate degree from CalArts and returned to NYC where he briefly worked at the VILLAGE VOICE before segueing to a career in films. He began as the associate producer of the documentary "Mustang - The House that Joe Built" (1975) and served as an assistant director on "Dynamite Woman" (1976) before joining Universal as an assistant in 1976. Within two years, he was promoted to a vice presidency and in 1984, assumed the post of president of production for Universal Pictures. He left Universal in 1989 and spent nine months as head of Geffen Films, but departed to hang out his own shingle as a producer. The first Sean Daniel Company production was...

A former head of production at Universal Pictures who went on to become a prolific producer in partnership with Jim Jacks, Sean Daniel supervised and/or green-lighted such films as "National Lampoon's Animal House" (1978), "Missing" (1982), "Gorillas in the Mist" (1988), "Field of Dreams" and "Do the Right Thing" (both 1989) while at Universal. As a producer, he has given the world Edward James Olmos' "American Me" (1992), Richard Linklater's "Dazed and Confused" (1993), and Nora Ephron's hit "Michael" (1996).

A native New Yorker, Daniel received his undergraduate degree from CalArts and returned to NYC where he briefly worked at the VILLAGE VOICE before segueing to a career in films. He began as the associate producer of the documentary "Mustang - The House that Joe Built" (1975) and served as an assistant director on "Dynamite Woman" (1976) before joining Universal as an assistant in 1976. Within two years, he was promoted to a vice presidency and in 1984, assumed the post of president of production for Universal Pictures. He left Universal in 1989 and spent nine months as head of Geffen Films, but departed to hang out his own shingle as a producer. The first Sean Daniel Company production was "Pure Luck" (1991), a less-than-successful effort starring Martin Short. The following year, he and Jim Jacks formed Alphaville, a production company with ties to Universal. Their first effort "CB4" (1993), a satirical look at rap music, went mostly overlooked after it was released the weekend of a blizzard on the East Coast. "Hard Target" (1993), a Jean-Claude Van Damme action movie, however, proved to be a box-office winner. But, indicative of Daniel's eclectic tastes, he and Jacks also produced Richard Linklater's superb low-budget "Dazed & Confused" and the big-budget Western "Tombstone" (both 1993). In 1995, Daniel and Jacks returned to modest budgets with Kevin Smith's misfire "Mallrats". The duo had their biggest success to date with "Michael", the story of a different kind of an angel starring John Travolta. Not only did it rack up huge grosses, but it also won critical raves. Returning to the action genre, the pair produced "The Jackal" (1997), with Bruce Willis as a paid killer who must be stopped.

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CAST: (feature film)

1.
 Darkman (1990) 2nd Policeman
2.
 Spies Like Us (1985) Ace Tomato Driver
3.
 Unseen Untold: The Blues Brothers (2004) Interviewee (Executive In Charge Of Production)
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Was a contributor to NYC's VILLAGE VOICE
1975:
Worked as associate producer and assistant director on documentaries and low-budget feature films
1976:
Joined Universal Pictures
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Served as vice president, production at Universal
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Promoted to production chief at Universal Pictures
1989:
Resigned as production chief of Universal Pictures to join film division of Geffen Co. in March
1989:
Resigned as president of film division of the Geffen Co. in November; started own production company
1992:
Partnered with Jim Jacks in new production entity, Alphaville, headquartered at Universal Pictures
1996:
Had biggest box-office hit to date with Nora Ephron's "Michael"
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Education

High School of Music and Art: New York , New York -
California Institute of the Arts: Valencia , California - 1973

Notes

"It takes enormous energy to make a film as smart as it can be."--Sean Daniel in THE HOLLYWOOD REPORTER, 1994 Craft Series: Producers

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father:
Jeremy Daniel. Public relations executive. Served as a "front" for blacklisted screenwriter Abraham Polonsky; later blacklisted as well.
mother:
Beverly Daniel.

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