- 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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