Alan Ladd, Jr.

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Alan Ladd, Jr.
Born(1937-10-22) October 22, 1937 (age 76)
Los Angeles, California, United States
NationalityAmerican
OccupationFilm producer
Years active1970-present
Spouse(s)Cindra Ladd (1985-present)
Patricia Ann (1959-1983)
ChildrenKelliann Ladd
Tracy Ladd
Amanda Ladd
Chelsea Ladd
 
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Alan Ladd, Jr.
Born(1937-10-22) October 22, 1937 (age 76)
Los Angeles, California, United States
NationalityAmerican
OccupationFilm producer
Years active1970-present
Spouse(s)Cindra Ladd (1985-present)
Patricia Ann (1959-1983)
ChildrenKelliann Ladd
Tracy Ladd
Amanda Ladd
Chelsea Ladd

Alan Ladd, Jr. (born October 22, 1937 in Los Angeles, California, USA) is an American film industry executive and producer. He is the son of actor Alan Ladd and Ladd's first wife Marjorie Jane (née Harrold), whom Ladd had met in high school.

He is famous for giving George Lucas the go-ahead to make Star Wars and remained as Lucas' only support at times when the Board of Directors of 20th Century Fox wished to shut down production. The production was plagued by location difficulties, story problems and budgetary disagreements for a project that was mainly considered a pending embarrassment before the studio likely closed its doors. However, when Ladd saw first hand the audience's rapturous appreciation of the film at its first public screening at the Northpoint Theatre in San Francisco in early May 1977, he was moved to tears at seeing this unlikely production he supported against all odds become a spectacular validation of his efforts.[1]

Ladd received the 2,348th star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame on Friday, September 28, 2007.

He started in films as an agent in 1963. In 1969, Ladd moved to London to produce, making nine films. He returned to the States in 1973 to become Head of Creative Affairs at 20th Century Fox.

During three very successful years Ladd was President of Fox. Star Wars and Alien were a few of the classics during his tenure. But in 1979 Ladd left his position to found his own production company, The Ladd Company. He enjoyed great successes with comedies like Night Shift and Police Academy, Oscar Winners The Right Stuff and Best Picture, Chariots of Fire, and Gone Baby Gone that won many Film Critics awards. The company also produced the cult classic Blade Runner.

In 1985, Ladd joined MGM/UA, eventually becoming Chairman and CEO of Pathé Entertainment. During his tenure MGM/UA enjoyed hits like A Fish Called Wanda, Moonstruck, and Thelma & Louise. Ladd reformed the Ladd Company with Paramount Pictures in 1993 where he produced the hits The Brady Bunch Movie and Best Picture Winner Braveheart.

Ladd is now producing independently with The Ladd Company.

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  1. ^ Jenkins, Garry (1997). Empire Building. Simon and Scuster. p. 166. 

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