Thursday 3 March 2022

Alan Ladd Jr., who greenlit Star Wars, dies

Oscar-winning producer Alan Ladd Jr. has passed away at the age of 84.

His daughter Amanda Ladd-Jones, director of a documentary about her father entitled "Laddie: The Man Behind the Movies," broke the news on that film's official Facebook page:

"With the heaviest of hearts, we announce that on March 2, 2022, Alan Ladd Jr. died peacefully at home surrounded by his family. Words cannot express how deeply he will be missed. His impact on films and filmmaking will live on in his absence."

Ladd famously backed George Lucas' Star Wars when other Hollywood studios passed on the project.

“My biggest contribution to Star Wars was keeping my mouth shut and standing by the picture,” Ladd told Variety.

Ladd also greenlit Star Wars' Twentieth Century Fox stablemate Alien with Sir Ridley Scott at the helm.

He is survived by his wife, Cindra Pincock, his children Kelliann and Tracy Ladd, his half-brother David Ladd, half-sister Alana Ladd, and step-sister Carol Lee Stuart-Ladd.

As a lifelong Star Wars fan, I thank you, Alan. The film Force was with you. RIP.

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