Alan Ladd Jr. (‘Star Wars’ and “Braveheart” Producer, has died at 84

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Alan Ladd Jr. is the beloved Hollywood executive who brought about the “Breakthrough” Star WarsMel Gibson’s film was brought to life and received an Oscar for production. Braveheart, has been taken to be with the Lord. He was 84. Amanda Ladd Joness, Ladd’s daughter, announced his demise on Wednesday.

“With the heaviest of hearts, we announce that on March 2, 2022, Alan Ladd, Jr. died peacefully at home surrounded by his family,”Ladd Jones posted the following message on the Facebook page. Laddie: The Man Behind the Movies. “Words cannot express how deeply he will be missed. His impact on films and filmmaking will live on in his absence.”

Ladd was born to screen icon Alan Ladd, and Marjorie Jane Harrold, his first wife. Ladd lived with the mother after his divorce. Alan Ladd, shortly after returning to his father’s house, died from an accidental overdose on sedatives. Ladd, then 26, was just 26 at the time. Ladd started his career in film as a stuntman, working on his father’s films in late 1950s. In the early 1960s, Ladd was a talent agent representing stars like Judy Garland and Robert Redford. The Hollywood Reporter. To become an independent producer, he moved to London.

In 1973, he returned to Los Angeles after taking a job with 20th Century Fox. He was hired by the studio as head of creative affairs. His most memorable moments The studio was pushed by a famous decision to make George Lucas’ strange fantasy epic Star Wars. His agent requested a significant raise for Lucas, which was one of the main sticking points between Fox and Lucas. American GraffitiUniversal’s hit film was an instant success. Lucas had the idea to take Instead, they got sequel rights and then the merchandising rights. Ladd was happy since film merchandising wasn’t the cash cow it is today.

Star WarsEventually, he became one of the Most profitable films ever madeThis movie was the start of a franchise that continues today. It was not the only great movie Fox produced under Ladd. Other films were made there in late 1970s: Julia, High Anxiety. The Turning Point. The Fury., Norma Rae, and Ridley Scott’s Alien.

Ladd’s life took a new turn in 1979 when he quit Fox and established The Ladd Co., which was based at Warner Bros. During a brief period in the early 1980s, Ladd’s company churned out several acclaimed films, including The Right StuffScott’s Blade Runner The domestic distribution rights were granted to Chariots of Fire. Ladd joined MGM/United Artists in 1983 after the company had closed.

Ladd was a Pathe Entertainment employee in the 1990s. Ladd was still at MGM when Pathe purchased MGM/UA. The relationship was strained when Pathe threatened to file breach-of contract lawsuits. MGM instead let him go with two projects. One of them was Braveheart. Paramount acquired the film and it won five Oscars including Best Picture.
After BraveheartLadd was involved in The Phantom: A Very Brady Sequel And The Man in The Iron Mask. His last two projects were Unfinished LifeThe film stars Jennifer Lopez and Ben Affleck, who make their directorial debut. Gone Baby Gone.

His second wife Cindra, whom Ladd married in 1985, his daughters Kelliann and Tracy, as well as his brother David, are his survivors. Chelsea, Ladd’s daughter, was 34 when he died.

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