As a 9-year-old, despite being the son of movie mogul Darryl F. Zanuck, he got a job selling copies of the Saturday Evening Post.
Got the job as head of production at 20th Century Fox in 1962, when his Paris-based father asked the then 28-year-old for recommendations to fill the slot, and Richard presented him with a piece of paper that had one word written on it: Me.
At that time, he was the youngest studio head of production in history.
John Gregory Dunne's 1969 book The Studio chronicles one year in Zanuck's life at Fox.
In 1970, was fired from Fox by his father after the son had produced a number of musical flops for the studio.
Produced the 72nd Annual Academy Awards show with his wife, Lili, in 2000.
Between 2001 and 2012, he produced six of director Tim Burton's films.
Is the subject of a 2013 documentary, Don't Say No Until I Finish Talking, the title of which is a play on his father's autobiography, Don't Say Yes Until I Finish Talking.
1982, Oscar — Best Motion Picture of the Year: Nominee
1991, BAFTA Film Awards — Best Film: Nominee
2015, Emmy — Outstanding Television Movie: Winner
1989, Oscar — Best Motion Picture of the Year: Winner
1975, Oscar — Best Motion Picture of the Year: Nominee
2004, BAFTA Film Awards — Best Film: Nominee
1990, Oscar — Irving G. Thalberg Memorial Award: Winner
1990, Producers Guild Awards — Darryl F. Zanuck Award for Outstanding Producer of Theatrical Motion Pictures: Winner
2000, Emmy — Outstanding Variety, Music or Comedy Special: Nominee
Lili Fini Zanuck — Wife
Lili Gentle — Ex-wife
Darrylin Zanuck de Pineda — Sister
Virginia Zanuck — Daughter
Virginia Fox — Mother
Susan Zanuck Savineau — Sister
Dean Zanuck — Son
Darryl F. Zanuck — Father
Linda Harrison — Ex-wife
Harrison Zanuck — Son
Janet Zanuck — Daughter
Stanford University, Stanford, California, United States (1956)
Birth Name: Richard Darryl Zanuck
Birth Place: Los Angeles, California, United States