David Brown (producer)

David Brown (producer)
David Brown
Born July 28, 1916(1916-07-28)
New York City, New York, U.S.
Died February 1, 2010(2010-02-01) (aged 93)
Manhattan, New York, U.S.
Occupation Film producer
Years active 1973–2002
Spouse Helen Gurley (September 25, 1959-February 1, 2010; his death)

David Brown (July 28, 1916 – February 1, 2010)[1] was an American film producer.

Early life and career

Brown was born in New York City, the son of Lillian (née Baren) and Edward Fisher Brown.[2] He was best known as the producing partner of Richard D. Zanuck. They were jointly awarded the Irving G. Thalberg Memorial Award by the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences in 1990 for their achievements in producing. Among their films were two of Steven Spielberg's early films, The Sugarland Express (1974) and Jaws (1975), and such box office hits as Cocoon (1985), Driving Miss Daisy (1989) and Angela's Ashes (1999).

In addition to his many successful films, Brown also produced numerous Broadway musicals, including Sweet Smell of Success: The Musical (2002), Dirty Rotten Scoundrels (2005), and the off-Broadway Jerry Herman musical revue Showtune (2003).

Brown also bought the film and stage rights to A Few Good Men written by playwright Aaron Sorkin. The play opened November 1989 going strong for 500 performances and the film, released in 1992, was also successful starring Tom Cruise and Jack Nicholson.

He was married to a former editor of Cosmopolitan magazine, Helen Gurley Brown, and was a graduate of Stanford University. He had one son, Bruce, from a prior marriage, who predeceased him, and a half brother Edward Fisher Brown Jr. Brown authored Brown's Guide to the Good Life: Tears, Fears, and Boredom, which gives advice on life. He also wrote Let Me Entertain You, a self-portrait.

Brown died at his home in Manhattan from renal failure on February 1, 2010, aged 93.[3]


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