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Also Known As: James Jacks Died:
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Birth Place: Profession: producer, executive, stock analyst

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James Jacks left a career as a Wall Street stock analyst to try his hand at screenwriting. When that did not pan out, he turned to a career first as a successful studio executive at Universal and later as an independent producer with Alphaville Productions, formed with Sean Daniel. The producing pair delivered such box office hits as the Jean-Claude Van Damme vehicle "Hard Target" (1993) and the John Travolta fantasy "Michael" (1996), as well as critically-acclaimed indie fare like Richard Linklater's 1970s high school period piece "Dazed and Confused" (1993). Although the international blockbuster "The Mummy" (1999) was Jacks' biggest financial success, he continued producing films up until his 2014 death.

James Jacks left a career as a Wall Street stock analyst to try his hand at screenwriting. When that did not pan out, he turned to a career first as a successful studio executive at Universal and later as an independent producer with Alphaville Productions, formed with Sean Daniel. The producing pair delivered such box office hits as the Jean-Claude Van Damme vehicle "Hard Target" (1993) and the John Travolta fantasy "Michael" (1996), as well as critically-acclaimed indie fare like Richard Linklater's 1970s high school period piece "Dazed and Confused" (1993). Although the international blockbuster "The Mummy" (1999) was Jacks' biggest financial success, he continued producing films up until his 2014 death.

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Left job as Wall Street analyst to try hand at screenwriting; had several scripts optioned but none produced
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Worked for Circle Films as head of production
1987:
Executive produced, "Raising Arizona"
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Joined Universal as vice-president, acquisitions; later promoted to senior vice-president, production; served under production chief Sean Daniel
1992:
Formed Alphaville Productions with Daniel
1993:
With Daniel, produced "Hard Target"
1996:
Scored box-office smash with "Michael", produced with Daniel
1996:
Executive produced HBO TV-movie "Don't Look Back"
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Education

Carnegie-Mellon University: Pittsburgh , Pennsylvania -
Cornell University: Ithaca , New York -

Notes

"I can agree that every one of our movies has stuff in there that if we were the sole person making the movie, it wouldn't be there." --James Jacks in THE HOLLYWOOD REPORTER, Craft Series, 1994.

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