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Also Known As: Mike Deluca Died:
Born: August 13, 1965 Cause of Death:
Birth Place: Brooklyn, New York, USA Profession: executive, screenwriter, producer, story consultant, story editor

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The annals of Hollywood are full of tales of fast rises and equally rapid falls. While some succumb to the cliche, others, like the career of writer-producer and executive Michael De Luca, buck the trend. In some ways, his story combines a fairy tale quality of the blessed one mixed with the rough-and-tumble.Raised in Canarsie, De Luca was exposed to motion pictures by his father, who would sneak the youngster into movie theaters. Although he has been characterized as "neither athletic nor academic," he was bright enough to skip the eighth grade and enrolled at NYU in film studies at age 17. An internship with the independent producer-distributor New Line led to an offer of full-time work, so just a few credits shy of graduation De Luca abandoned academia for a career in showbiz in 1986. Originally tapped to work as a story editor, he rose fairly quickly through the ranks, thanks in part to his mentor, chair and founder Robert Shaye. In 1988, De Luca made his debut as an associate producer on "Leatherface: The Texas Chainsaw Massacre III".

The annals of Hollywood are full of tales of fast rises and equally rapid falls. While some succumb to the cliche, others, like the career of writer-producer and executive Michael De Luca, buck the trend. In some ways, his story combines a fairy tale quality of the blessed one mixed with the rough-and-tumble.

Raised in Canarsie, De Luca was exposed to motion pictures by his father, who would sneak the youngster into movie theaters. Although he has been characterized as "neither athletic nor academic," he was bright enough to skip the eighth grade and enrolled at NYU in film studies at age 17. An internship with the independent producer-distributor New Line led to an offer of full-time work, so just a few credits shy of graduation De Luca abandoned academia for a career in showbiz in 1986. Originally tapped to work as a story editor, he rose fairly quickly through the ranks, thanks in part to his mentor, chair and founder Robert Shaye. In 1988, De Luca made his debut as an associate producer on "Leatherface: The Texas Chainsaw Massacre III".

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 Decade Under the Influence, A (2003) Interviewer
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Raised in the Canarsie section of Brooklyn, New York
1984:
Began working as an intern at New Line Cinema at age 19 while completing his undergraduate degree at NYU
1986:
Formally joined New Line
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Worked as a senior story editor and later director of development at New Line
1988:
Associate produced the feature, "Leatherface: The Texas Chainsaw Massacre III"
1988:
Co-wrote the premiere episode of the syndicated TV series, "Freddy's Nightmares"; has also served as an executive story consultant for the series
1989:
Appointed vice president for creative development at New Line
1991:
Executive produced and wrote the screenplay for the feature film, "Freddy's Dead: The Final Nightmare"
1991:
Wrote for and served as an executive story consultant on the CBS series, "Dark Justice"
1992:
Named senior vice president of production at New Line Cinema in April
1992:
In October, promoted to executive vice president and chief operating officer of New Line's productions unit
1993:
Named president of production at New Line
1994:
Executive produced "The Mask", starring Jim Carrey
1995:
Penned the screenplay for and executive produced "In the Mouth of Madness"
1997:
Began affiliation with Paul Thomas Anderson on "Boogie Nights"
1997:
Served as executive producer of the satirical comedy "Wag the Dog"
1998:
At a party held at the home of William Morris Agency president Arnold Rifkin, reportedly engaged in a consensual sexual act with a female while guest looked on; according to the <i>Los Angeles Times</i>, was escorted from the property by security guards
1998:
Greenlit "Town & Country", a romantic comedy starring Diane Keaton, Goldie Hawn and Warren Beatty; the film's troubled production dragged on for almost two years before it was completed; released theatrically in 2001
1998:
Was co-executive producer of the controversial "American History X"
1999:
Executive produced the box-office hit sequel "Austin Powers: The Spy Who Shagged Me"
1999:
Reteamed with P.T. Anderson on "Magnolia"
2000:
Served as an executive producer on the historical drama "Thirteen Days"
2001:
Executive produced "Blow", a biopic of cocaine dealer George Jung starring Johnny Depp
2001:
Left New Line (February)
2001:
Joined DreamWorks as production president and COO (June)
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Education

New York University: New York , New York -

Notes

A November 1996 GQ profile by Lucy Kaylin recounted an evening of drinking with De Luca that ended in his punching another patron whom he thought was blocking his way.

Also in 1996, De Luca received two years' probation and payed a $500 fine for driving "under the influence of an alcoholic beverage and a drug." (Source: Los Angeles Times, March 27, 1998.

Named as Variety's Showman of the Year (1999).

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