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Zaentz, Saul

Born: 1921 AD
Currently alive, at 94 years of age.
Nationality: American
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1921 – Born on the 28th of February into a Russian-Polish family in Passaic New Jersey.


1936 – He ran away at the age of 15. This is the start of his adventurous life


1955 – He joined Fantasy Records and became a manager.


1967 – He led a group of investors and purchased Fantasy Records. He signed the new band of a former staffer, John Fogerty, – Creedence Clearwater Revival.


1975 – In the film "One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest", he featured as a co-producer.


1977 – His debut for own production outfit, The Saul Zaentz Company, "Three Warriors".


1984 – Re-teamed with director Forman on "Amadeus", based on Peter Shaffer’s play about Mozart, yielded a second Best Picture Oscar.


1988 – Had major financial failure with "At Play in the Fields of the Lord". He was in a loss of some $20 million.


1996 – Had a critical and box-office success with Anthony Minghella’s film version of "The English Patient", adapted from Michael Ondaatje’s novel.


1999 – As co-producer, re-teamed with Minghella for "The Talented Mr. Ripley".


2000-2002 – Announced as one of the executive producers of Peter Jackson’s trilogy of films based on JRR Tolkien’s "The Lord of the Rings", filmed back-to-back; "The Fellowship of the Ring", "The Two Towers" and "The Return of the King".