Alan Ladd Jr.

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Alan Ladd Jr.
Born
Alan Gavin Ladd Jr.

(1937-10-22) October 22, 1937 (age 83)
Los Angeles, California, United States
NationalityAmerican
OccupationFilm producer
Years active1963–present
Spouse(s)
Patricia Ann
(m. 1959; div. 1983)

Cindra Ladd
(m. 1985)
ChildrenKelliann Ladd
Tracy Ladd
Amanda Ladd
Chelsea Ladd (d. 2021)
Parent(s)Alan Ladd
Marjorie Jane Harrold
RelativesDavid Ladd (half-brother)
Alana Ladd (half-sister)
Carol Lee Stuart-Ladd (step-sister)

Alan Gavin Ladd Jr. (born October 22, 1937) 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 started in films as an agent in 1963. In 1969, Ladd moved to London to produce, making nine films, including The Walking Stick, A Severed Head, Villain, The Nightcomers, and Zee and Co.. He returned to the States in 1973 to become Head of Creative Affairs at 20th Century Fox. In August 1976, he was promoted from worldwide production head to president of Fox's film division.[1]

He came to Fox President Gordon Stulberg to request consideration for making George Lucas' Star Wars. Stulberg approved the production and they remained as Lucas' 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 risk to the studio. However, when Ladd saw 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 joyful tears at seeing the unlikely production he and Stulberg had supported against all odds.[2] Star Wars was a massive and critically hailed hit upon release, becoming, up to that point, the highest-grossing film of all time, and spawned an extensive media franchise that includes many other films as well as television, radio, video game and print media.[3]

Star Wars and Alien were a few of the films produced during his tenure. But in 1979 Ladd left his position to found his own production company, The Ladd Company. He enjoyed successes with films such as Outland (1981), Night Shift (1982) and Police Academy (1984), Oscar-winners Chariots of Fire (1981), The Right Stuff (1983) and Gone Baby Gone (2007). The company also produced Blade Runner (1982).

In 1985, Ladd joined MGM/UA, eventually becoming Chairman and CEO of MGM-Pathé Communications. During his tenure MGM/UA produced A Fish Called Wanda (1988), Moonstruck (1987) and Thelma & Louise (1991). Ladd reformed the Ladd Company with Paramount Pictures in 1993 where he produced The Brady Bunch Movie and Braveheart.

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

Filmography[edit]

He was a producer of all films unless otherwise noted.

Film[edit]

Year Film Credit Notes
1970 The Walking Stick
Tam-Lin
A Severed Head
1971 Villain
The Nightcomers Executive producer
Uncredited
1972 Zee and Co.
Fear Is the Key
1984 Police Academy Executive producer
Uncredited
1988 Vice Versa Executive producer
1990 Death Warrant
Uncredited
1995 The Brady Bunch Movie Executive producer
Braveheart
1996 The Phantom
A Very Brady Sequel
1998 The Man in the Iron Mask Executive producer
2005 An Unfinished Life
2007 Gone Baby Gone
Miscellaneous crew
Year Film Role Notes
1972 Death Line Presenter
Uncredited
1973 The Three Musketeers
1974 The Nickel Ride
Harry and Tonto
The Four Musketeers
Uncredited
Phantom of the Paradise
Ransom
Young Frankenstein
The Towering Inferno
Scent of a Woman
1975 At Long Last Love
Capone
French Connection II
W.W. and the Dixie Dancekings
Race with the Devil
The Rocky Horror Picture Show
Royal Flash
Take a Hard Ride
Peeper
Uncredited
The Adventure of Sherlock Holmes' Smarter Brother
Lucky Lady
1976 Next Stop, Greenwich Village
Sky Riders
The Duchess and the Dirtwater Fox
The Blue Bird
The Last Hard Men
Mother, Jugs & Speed
Breaking Point
Silent Movie
The Omen
Fighting Mad
Moving Violation
Alex & the Gypsy
Silver Streak
1977 Wizards
Suspiria
Mr. Billion
3 Women
Star Wars
The Other Side of Midnight
Fire Sale
Thunder and Lightning
Damnation Alley
Julia
The Turning Point
The World's Greatest Lover
High Anxiety
1978 An Unmarried Woman
The Fury
Damien: Omen II
The Driver
The Boys from Brazil
A Wedding
Magic
1979 Nosferatu the Vampyre
Quintet
Uncredited
Norma Rae
A Perfect Couple
Dreamer
Alien
Butch and Sundance: The Early Days
Breaking Away
La Luna
The Rose
All That Jazz
1980 Fatso
Kagemusha
The Empire Strikes Back
Brubaker
9 to 5
1981 Chariots of Fire
Outland
Tragedy of a Ridiculous Man
Body Heat
Looker
1982 Blade Runner
Uncredited
Night Shift
Love Child
1983 Star 80
Twice Upon a Time
The Right Stuff
1984 Mike's Murder
Police Academy
1985 Police Academy 2: Their First Assignment
A View to a Kill
To Live and Die in L.A.
Rocky IV
Uncredited
1986 Poltergeist II: The Other Side
Running Scared
Where the River Runs Black
1987 Dead of Winter
Spaceballs
Fatal Beauty
Moonstruck
Overboard
1988 Masquerade
Willow
Poltergeist III
A Fish Called Wanda
Uncredited
Some Girls
1989 The January Man
The Mighty Quinn
Uncredited
A Dry White Season
1990 Death Warrant
Quigley Down Under
Rocky V
Uncredited
The Russia House
1991 Not Without My Daughter
Uncredited
Shattered
Life Stinks
Thelma & Louise
Fires Within
Harley Davidson and the Marlboro Man
The Man in the Moon
Company Business
Liebestraum
Rush
1992 The Lover
Once Upon a Crime
The Cutting Edge
CrissCross
The Vagrant
Diggstown
Of Mice and Men
Rich in Love
Body of Evidence
1993 Untamed Heart
Benny & Joon
The Meteor Man
Son of the Pink Panther
Undercover Blues
Dangerous Game
Fatal Instinct
Six Degrees of Separation
1995 The Brady Bunch Movie
Braveheart
Uncredited
1996 The Phantom
A Very Brady Sequel
1998 The Man in the Iron Mask
2005 An Unfinished Life
2007 Gone Baby Gone
Uncredited

References[edit]

  1. ^ Daily Variety. August 27, 1976. Missing or empty |title= (help)
  2. ^ Jenkins, Garry (1997). Empire Building. Simon and Scuster. p. 166.
  3. ^ "Alan Ladd Jr. Documentary Proves There's Life Beyond the Original 'Star Wars'". 12 August 2016.

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