Robert Evans, executive director of Paramount, who produced "Chinatown," "The Godfather," and "Urban Cowboy," and whose life was as melodramatic and impressive as any of his films, died Saturday evening at the age of 89, writes Variety.
Without acting talent, Evans received several roles, but in the 1960s no study was established on the Paramount board.
His first film as a producer was the classic "Chinatown", followed by "Marathon Man" and "Urban Cowboy".
His unique charm and style of expression made him an iconic character, being the only executive director who starred in his own animated series.
His life was a continuous roller coaster. Despite the successes, actress Ali MacGraw left him for Steve & # 39; and McQueen, partner of "The Getaway" (1972), a love triangle that the media has been paying attention to for a long time. MacGraw was the third of seven wives of Evans. In 1980, Evans was arrested for drug possession, and a few years later he was involved in an even bigger scandal: the killing of Roy Radin during production at The Cotton Club. Evans suffered from his relationship with Radin, although there was no evidence that he knew or was associated with a crime.
Evans was born in New York and his real name is Robert Shaper. Before turning 18, he collaborated on over 300 radio and television programs. Lung problems forced him to retire for a year, after which he learned that his celebrity was suffering. He worked as a salesman in a sporting goods company co-founded by his brother Charles.
In 1998, Evans suffered a heart attack that paralyzed him on one side and he couldn't speak, but he recovered completely after undergoing therapy. In 2002, he successfully returned with the film "The Kid is in the Picture" directed by Nanette Burstein and Brett Morgen, in which Evans talked about his life.
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When he became head of Paramount Pictures in 1967, the production studio system that built the golden age of Hollywood collapsed, and Evans helped create a new generation of directors who were called "the new Hollywood": Francis Ford Coppola, Roman Polanski, John Schlesinger and John Frankenheimer, between others.
At 36, Evans was the youngest production manager of Paramount. In 1974, after dropping out of the studio, he founded Robert Evans Productions, who recently produced "How to Lose a Guy in 10 Days," along with Kate Hudson and Matthew McConaughey in 2003.
He was married and divorced seven times, first with actress Sharon Hugueny, then with actress Camilla Sparv, and after the divorce of Ali MacGraw with ex-American Miss Phyllis George. His short marriage in 1998 with actress Catherine Oxenberg was canceled. Then he married Leslie Ann Woodward and Victoria White.
The marriage of Robert Evans and Ali MacGraw resulted in a son, Josh, an actor and director. The producer has a grandson.