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  • Real name : Darryl Francis Zanuck
  • Place of birth : Wahoo
  • Date of birth : 05/09/1902
  • Place of death : Palm Springs
  • Date of death : 22/12/1979

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  • Zanuck F. Darryl

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Darryl F. Zanuck (1902)

Darryl Francis Zanuck

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Darryl Francis Zanuck (September 5, 1902 – December 22, 1979) was an American producer, writer, actor, director and studio executive who played a major part in the Hollywood studio system as one of its longest survivors . He earned three Academy Awards during his tenure.

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 early life
Zanuck was born in Wahoo, Nebraska, the son of Louise Torpin and Frank Zanuck, who owned and operated a hotel in Wahoo. Zanuck was of part Swiss descent and was raised a Protestant. At six, Zanuck and his mother moved to Los Angeles, where the better climate could improve her poor health. At eight, he found his first movie job as an extra, but his disapproving father recalled him to Nebraska.

In 1918, despite being sixteen, he deceived a recruiter and joined the United States Army and served in France with the Nebraska National Guard. Returning to the U.S., he worked in many part-time jobs while he tried to find work as a writer. He managed to find work producing movie plots, selling his first story in 1922 to William Russell and his second to Irving Thalberg. He then worked for Mack Sennett and took that experience to Warner Bros. where he wrote stories for Rin Tin Tin and under a number of pseudonyms wrote over forty scripts from 1924–1929, including Old San Francisco . He moved into management in 1929 and became head of production in 1931.

 death
A long time cigar smoker, he died of jaw cancer in Palm Springs, California at the age of 77, and was interred in the Westwood Village Memorial Park Cemetery in the Westwood Village section of Los Angeles, California.

 legacy
For his contribution to the motion picture industry, Darryl F. Zanuck has a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame at 6336 Hollywood Blvd and has won 3 Thalberg Awards of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences. On the present-day Fox lot, movies are shown in the Zanuck Theater.

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