Movie producing was in Dick Zanuck's blood.
Zanuck, who died Friday morning of a heart attack at age 77, won (with his wife, Lili Fini Zanuck) the best picture Oscar for 1989's “Driving Miss Daisy.” He also earned best picture nominations for producing 1975’s “Jaws” and 1982’s “The Verdict” with David Brown.
His success in films was perhaps to be expected.
The youngest of three children born to longtime 20th Century Fox chief Darryl F. Zanuck and his wife, Virginia Fox, young Zanuck grew up privileged in Hollywood, partying with Shirley Temple as a kid. He began his own film career at 19 in the story department at Fox and by 24 had produced his first film, 1959's "Compulsion."
Based on the 1956 novel of the same name by Meyer Levin and Levin’s 1957 hit Broadway play, the stark drama was a fictionalized version of the famed Leopold and Loeb thrill killings and murder trial of the 1920s. Directed by Richard Fleischer and penned by Richard Murphy, the black-and-white production had a semi-documentary style quality thanks to William C. Mellor’s cinematography.