Robert Evans dies at the age of 89: Hollywood legend who produced Chinatown and The Godfather, played in The Kid Stays In the Picture and was once married to Ali McGraw passed away
- Robert Evans died on Saturday evening at the age of 89
Robert Evans died on Saturday evening at the age of 89.
The Hollywood legend left its mark on the industry from 1967 when he became head of Paramount Pictures.
The Godfather, Chinatown, The Godfather Part II, Barefoot in the Park, The Odd Couple, Rosemary & # 39; s baby, Harold and Maude, Serpico, True Grit, The Italian Job and The Great Gatsby were just some of the films that his term of office.
At the same time, Evans was put in the spotlight when his fifth wife, Ali McGraw, left him for Steven McQueen.
Evans later fell into difficult times after being convicted of cocaine trafficking in 1980, but was able to make a comeback and end his career on a high note as a producer of the hugely successful How to Lose a Guy in 10 Days.
He then won a new generation of fans with the release of The Kid Stays in the Picture from 2002, which described the highs and lows of his career in show business.
There were few other details available at this time about Evans' death, which was first reported by Variety.
Evans is survived by his son with McGraw, producer Josh Evans.
The Kid is out of the picture: Robert Evans (above in 2014) died on Saturday evening at the age of 89
Evans was the son of a dentist and a housewife who was born in New York City.
He initially hoped to be an actor and pursued that dream to Los Angeles, where he initially struggled to work.
Evan's first major breakthrough in the film industry came after he caught the attention of Norma Shearer while sunbathing by the pool at The Beverly Hills Hotel in 1956.
The actress successfully defended Evans to play the role of her late husband Irving Thalberg in Man of a Thousand Faces.
He succeeded with a role in The Sun Also Rises, despite protagonist Ava Gardner and author Ernest Hemingway, who both objected to his cast in the film.
Evans was tired of acting and felt that he didn't have the talent, so he turned his attention to producing films.
He became a production manager at Paramount in 1967 and quickly began to reach the rank of becoming the top manager of the studio.
At the same time, he married McGraw, fresh from the success of her lead role in Love Story.
That marriage lasted only three years, at which time she left him for Steve McQueen, creating the most infamous love triangles in the history of Hollywood.
He was married and divorced seven times in the course of his life, with none of those marriages lasting more than three years and his engagement with ex-wife Catherine Oxenberg being canceled after just nine days.
Evans turned Paramount in less than seven years, but eventually left when he became dissatisfied with his compensation in the studio.
Marathon Man, Popeye and Urban Cowboy were just some of the films he produced independently before he started working on the photo that derailed his career – The Cotton Club.
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