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Also Known As: Died: February 1, 2010
Born: July 28, 1916 Cause of Death: kidney failure
Birth Place: New York City, New York, USA Profession: executive, producer, assistant drama critic, editor-in-chief, story editor, writer, associate editor

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Following a successful career in journalism as both a reporter and a managing editor, David Brown was brought to Hollywood by famed producer Darryl F. Zanuck as an executive at 20th Century Fox. Brown enjoyed a long tenure at Fox, where he worked various positions within the story department. Following a brief stay at Warner Bros., Brown joined forces with his former boss' son Richard Zanuck to form the Zanuck/Brown Co., which produced some of the most acclaimed films of the 1970s and 1980s. Their first film, "The Sting" (1973), was a huge box office hit and winner of seven Oscars, including Best Picture, which led the pair to producing other major movies like "The Sugarland Express" (1974), "Jaws" (1975) and "MacArthur" (1977). In the following decade, the pair continued their success with "The Verdict" (1982) and "Cocoon" (1985), only to disband the company in 1988. After producing his last film with Zanuck, "Driving Miss Daisy" (1989), Brown struck out on his own with varying degrees of success, producing hits like "A Few Good Men" (1992) and "The Player" (1992), but also stumbling with "Canadian Bacon" (1994), "The Saint" (1997), and "Angela's Ashes" (1999). Following his final Best Picture...

Following a successful career in journalism as both a reporter and a managing editor, David Brown was brought to Hollywood by famed producer Darryl F. Zanuck as an executive at 20th Century Fox. Brown enjoyed a long tenure at Fox, where he worked various positions within the story department. Following a brief stay at Warner Bros., Brown joined forces with his former boss' son Richard Zanuck to form the Zanuck/Brown Co., which produced some of the most acclaimed films of the 1970s and 1980s. Their first film, "The Sting" (1973), was a huge box office hit and winner of seven Oscars, including Best Picture, which led the pair to producing other major movies like "The Sugarland Express" (1974), "Jaws" (1975) and "MacArthur" (1977). In the following decade, the pair continued their success with "The Verdict" (1982) and "Cocoon" (1985), only to disband the company in 1988. After producing his last film with Zanuck, "Driving Miss Daisy" (1989), Brown struck out on his own with varying degrees of success, producing hits like "A Few Good Men" (1992) and "The Player" (1992), but also stumbling with "Canadian Bacon" (1994), "The Saint" (1997), and "Angela's Ashes" (1999). Following his final Best Picture nomination with "Chocolat" (2000), Brown wound down his career by producing the occasional film and Broadway musical, but undoubtedly left behind an extraordinary legacy as one of Hollywood's most prolific producers in the last half of the 20th century.

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CAST: (feature film)

1.
 Crank (2006)
2.
 Last Mogul, The (2005) Cast
4.
 Hello, He Lied (2002) Interviewee
6.
 What Is a Producer? (2001) Interviewee
7.
 Marilyn Monroe: The Final Days (2001) Interviewee
8.
 History Vs. Hollywood (2001) Interviewee ("M*A*S*H*")
10.
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Milestones close milestones

1936:
Worked as apprentice reporter and copy-editor for the <i>San Francisco News</i> and <i>The Wall Street Journal</i>
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Worked as a stringer for <i>The New York Times</i>
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Made editorial director for the Milk Research Council, New York
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Served as 1st lieutenant with US Army military intelligence during WWII
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Named associate editor, then executive editor and editor-in-chief of <i>Liberty</i> magazine in New York
1949:
Worked as editorial director for the national education campaign of the American Medical Association
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Joined <i>Cosmopolitan</i> magazine as associate editor and later managing editor
1952:
Joined 20th Century-Fox Film Corp. as managing editor of the story department in L.A.
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Made story editor and head of scenario department for 20th Century-Fox
1956:
Appointed member of executive staff of Darryl F. Zanuck
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Made member of executive staff for 20th Century-Fox studios
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Became a producer for 20th Century-Fox
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Left Fox to become editorial vice president of New American Library of World Literature, Inc.
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Returned to 20th Century-Fox as executive story operations
1967:
Made vice president story operations for 20th Century-Fox
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Promoted to executive vice president, creative affairs and member of the board of directors for 20th Century-Fox
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Left Fox to join Warner Bros. as executive president of creative operations and member of the board of directors
1972:
Co-founded Zanuck/Brown Company with partner Richard Zanuck; dissolved company 1988
1973:
First film released by Zanuck/Brown, the Oscar-winning Best Picture, "The Sting"
1974:
With Zanuck, produced "The Sugarland Express," which marked the feature directorial debut of Steven Spielberg
1975:
Produced the Spielberg directed and Oscar-nominated, "Jaws"
1978:
Served as producer for the sequel, "Jaws 2"
1982:
Produced (with Zanuck) "The Verdict"; received Best Picture Oscar nomination
1985:
Enjoyed a box-office hit as producer of "Cocoon"
1988:
Produced the sequel, "Cocoon: The Return"
1992:
Was a producer on the Academy Award nominated film, "A Few Good Men"
1997:
Produced "Kiss the Girls" and "The Saint"
1998:
Re-teamed with Zanuck as producer of "Deep Impact"
1999:
Produced the film adaptation of Frank McCourt's memoir, "Angela's Ashes"
2000:
Received Best Picture Oscar nomination as producer of "Chocolat"
2001:
Served as a producer on "Along Came a Spider," with Morgan Freeman reprising his role as Dr. Alex Cross from "Kiss the Girls"
2001:
Produced the stage musical adaptation of "Sweet Smell of Success"; production opened in Chicago before moving to NYC in spring 2002
2003:
Produced the off-Broadway Jerry Herman musical revue, "Showtune"
2005:
Produced the Broadway musical, "Dirty Rotten Scoundrels"
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Education

Stanford University: Stanford , California - 1936
Graduate School of Journalism at Columbia University: New York City , New York - 1937

Notes

Final judge for best short story published in magazines, Benjamin Franklin Magazine annual awards (1955-58)

Vice chairman, trustee and member of the executive committee, American Film Institute in 1972-80.

Trustee committee member of the Museum of Modern Art.

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wife:
Liberty LeGacy. Married on April 15, 1940; divorced in 1951.
wife:
Wayne Clark. Married on May 25, 1951; divorced in 1957.
wife:
Helen Gurley Brown. Editor, author. Married on September 25, 1959; former editor of <i>Cosmopolitan</i> magazine; author of "Sex and the Single Girl".

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father:
Edward Fisher Brown.
mother:
Lillian Brown.
son:
Bruce LeGacy.

Bibliography close complete biography

"I Can Tell It Now"
"How I Got That Story"
"Brown's Guide to Growing Gray" Delacorte
"Let Me Entertain You"
"David Brown's Guide to Life Without Fears, Tears or Boredom" Barricade Books
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