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February 02, 2010|By Tribune Newspapers


Producer of 'Jaws,' 'Cocoon'

David Brown, the former 20th Century Fox executive who partnered with Richard Zanuck in the early 1970s and produced the blockbuster hit "Jaws" and other movies before launching a solo career as a film and theatrical producer, has died. He was 93.

Mr. Brown died Monday at his home in New York City after a long illness, said Donna Lagani, senior vice president and publishing director of Cosmopolitan.

As half of the Zanuck-Brown film producing team in the 1970s and '80s, Mr. Brown's other credits include such films as "The Sugarland Express." The pair also were executive producers of "The Sting" (1973).

Shortly before amicably splitting with Mr. Zanuck in 1988, Mr. Brown reportedly acquired the film rights to "Driving Miss Daisy" for the partnership, and was executive producer on the 1989 film.

Among Mr. Brown's later film credits as a producer are "The Player," "A Few Good Men," "Angela's Ashes" and "Chocolat."

Born in New York City on July 28, 1916, Mr. Brown graduated from Stanford University in 1936 and from the Columbia University's school of journalism in 1937.

In 1959, Mr. Brown wed Helen Gurley, who wrote the 1962 best-seller "Sex and the Single Girl." Three years later the couple launched a spicy, new Cosmopolitan magazine, with Helen Gurley Brown as editor.

Mr. Brown's Broadway credits include the musicals "Dirty Rotten Scoundrels" and "Sweet Smell of Success," the drama "A Few Good Men" and the solo show "Tru."

He is survived by his wife.

- Tribune Newspapers

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