Richard D. Zanuck

  • Birth Name: Richard Darryl Zanuck
  • Birth Place: Los Angeles, California, United States
  • Died: July 13, 2012
  • Profession: Producer, Filmmaker
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  • Attended his first Oscar ceremony at age 7.
  • 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.


  • 1975, Oscar — Best Motion Picture of the Year: Nominee
  • 2004, BAFTA Film Awards — Best Film: Nominee
  • 1982, Oscar — Best Motion Picture of the Year: Nominee
  • 1989, Oscar — Best Motion Picture of the Year: Winner
  • 1990, Producers Guild Awards — Darryl F. Zanuck Award for Outstanding Producer of Theatrical Motion Pictures: Winner
  • 1990, Oscar — Irving G. Thalberg Memorial Award: Winner
  • 1991, BAFTA Film Awards — Best Film: Nominee
  • 2015, Emmy — Outstanding Television Movie: Winner
  • 2000, Emmy — Outstanding Variety, Music or Comedy Special: Nominee


  • Virginia Zanuck — Daughter
  • Darryl F. Zanuck — Father
  • Linda Harrison — Ex-wife
  • Harrison Zanuck — Son
  • Janet Zanuck — Daughter
  • Dean Zanuck — Son
  • Virginia Fox — Mother
  • Susan Zanuck Savineau — Sister
  • Lili Fini Zanuck — Wife
  • Lili Gentle — Ex-wife
  • Darrylin Zanuck de Pineda — Sister


  • Stanford University, Stanford, California, United States (1956)
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