Prolific American film and television producer, known for "Roots," "The Thorn Birds," "Willy Wonka & the Chocolate Factory," and others.
He attended Drake University and USC, planning to major in cinema and journalism.
He was given a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.
He married three times to Toni Carroll, Dan Richard, and Gloria Hill.
He produced "L.A. Confidential," a film in which Kevin Spacey starred.