'Rocky' movie producer Robert Chartoff dies at 81
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By Catholic Online (NEWS CONSORTIUM)
6/11/2015 (4 years ago)
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As a movie producer, he was prolific and tackled projects on various topics. He was most famous for the films he did on the sport of boxing. Oscar-winning producer Robert Chartoff, behind the "Rocky" series and "Raging Bull" has died in Santa Monica, California, at the age of 81 from pancreatic cancer.
Robert Chartoff won the best picture Oscar for the first "Rocky" film in 1977, which was written by its star Sylvester Stallone.
LOS ANGELES, CA (Catholic Online) - Surrounded by family at the time of his passing, Chartoff's daughters confirmed his death. "He was an amazing father and person," Julie Chartoff said. "There are no words."
He won the best picture Oscar for the first "Rocky" film in 1977, which was written by its star Sylvester Stallone. Chartoff shared the Academy Award, one of three for the 1976 film with partner Irwin Winkler.
Chartoff and Winkler, who worked together until 1985 convinced United Artists to make "Rocky" for less than $1 million, after Stallone insisted on playing the lead.
"Rocky" went on to earn 10 Oscar nominations and take more than $200 million.
Chartoff and Winkler went on to produce all seven "Rocky" movies, including the forthcoming film "Creed," currently in post-production.
Another side of the boxing coin was revealed in another Chartoff production, 1981's "Raging Bull." Directed by Martin Scorsese, Chartoff was nominated for another Best Producer for that film. Detailing real-life boxer Jake LaMotta's checkered past, "Raging Bull" starred Robert De Niro. A roundtable of film critics lauded the film as the Best Film of the 1980s.
Chartoff produced films into his late seventies and early eighties, including 2014's "The Gambler" with Mark Wahlberg and 2013's "Enders Game" with Harrison Ford.
He also worked on Jane Fonda's "They Shoot Horses, Don't They?" and 1983 film "The Right Stuff," which won four Oscars.
Chartoff is survived by third wife Jenny Weyman and his five children.
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