Jon Landau, Oscar-winning producer of Titanic, dies at 63

Jon Landau has died.
Jon Landau has died.
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7 July 2024 07:21

Jon Landau was a significant figure in Hollywood, and his filmography includes titles that made cinematic history. The acclaimed producer has died at the age of 63 after a severe illness. What works came to be thanks to him?

Jon Landau died in Los Angeles on Friday, 5 July 2024. As Variety magazine reported, the cause of death was cancer. The 63-year-old artist was nominated several times by the American Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences and received the statue for the film Titanic in 1997.

The film producer initially worked as a production manager but quickly climbed the career ladder. In the 1990s, he joined Twentieth Century Fox, where he contributed to creating hits like "The Last of the Mohicans" and "Die Hard 2."

He gained the most fame from "Titanic" and "Avatar." In both, he collaborated with director James Cameron. Thanks in part to their talents, the love story on the "unsinkable" ship became the first film in history to earn over £780 million.

It took the same duo's "Avatar" to dethrone "Titanic." The deceased filmmaker was also recognised at the Oscars in 2010 and 2023 when he was nominated for two parts of a popular animated production.

I can't act and I can't compose and I can't do visual effects, so I guess that's why I'm producing — he said on stage, accepting his first Oscar.
Jon Landau, co-creator of "Titanic," has died.
Jon Landau, co-creator of "Titanic," has died.© Getty Images | South China Morning Post

He was the producer of the comedy "Honey, I Shrunk the Kids," the science fiction film "Alita: Battle Angel" and the work "True Lies" with Arnold Schwarzenegger.

Jon Landau, co-creator of "Titanic," has died. He inherited his talent from his parents

Jon Landau was born on July 30, 1960, in New York. As a teenager, he already tied his future to cinematography, continuing his parents' passion, who were also producers. He graduated with a degree in this field from the University of Southern California.

He was married to Julie Landau for 40 years. They had two sons, Jodi and Jamie, and four siblings—stepbrothers and stepsisters.

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