"Jaws" producer David Brown dies at 93 in New York

Tue Feb 2, 2010 10:01am EST
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NEW YORK (Reuters) - Veteran U.S. film producer David Brown, a four-time Oscar nominee whose credits include "Jaws" and "Driving Miss Daisy," died at his home in Manhattan on Monday after a long illness, the Hearst Corporation said. He was 93.

The former journalist has also been credited with helping bring Elvis Presley to the big screen for the first time in "Love Me Tender" and with helping launch the career of Oscar-winning director Steven Spielberg.

After being hired in 1951 to head the story department at 20th Century Fox, Brown rose through the company before forming his own production company with Richard Zanuck in 1972.

One of the first movies the partnership produced was the 1973 hit "The Sting," starring Robert Redford and Paul Newman.

Brown and Zanuck also worked with Spielberg on "The Sugarland Express" and later hired him to direct "Jaws."

They dissolved the company in 1988 when Brown founded his own production company, The Manhattan Project Ltd.

Brown was nominated four times for a best picture Oscar, for "Jaws," "The Verdict," "A Few Good Men" and "Chocolat," but he never won the coveted award.

Brown, who was born in New York City, was married for more than 50 years to Cosmopolitan magazine editor and author Helen Gurley Brown, who is his sole survivor.

A public funeral will be held on Thursday at the Frank E. Campbell Funeral Chapel in New York City.