Oscar-winning movie producer Robert Chartoff, best known for his work on boxing classics “Rocky” and “Raging Bull,” died on Wednesday at his Santa Monica, California, home. He was 81 years old.
Speaking with CNN, his daughter Miranda Chartoff said, “My father was amazing. He was an amazing father and person; there are no words. The important thing is that he died surrounded by his family.”
According to the Internet Movie Database, Chartoff was born on Aug 26, 1933.
Chartoff was a producer for more than 10 years before “Rocky,” the 1976 movie for which he was best known, came along the way. The sports drama film, starring and written by Sylvester Stallone that went on to become a major blockbuster and a worldwide phenomenon, bagged three Academy Awards including Best Picture.
The following video shows Chartoff, Winkler and Stallone accepting the Oscar for Rocky.
In partnership with Irwin Winkler, Chartoff produced all seven movies in the Rocky series, along with “Creed,” slated to be released later this year, as reported by ABC News.
The duo also earned Best Picture nominations for Martin Scorsese’s “Raging Bull” (1980) starring Robert De Niro as the middleweight champion, and “The Right Stuff” (1983).
The movies produced by Chartoff and Winkler earned 12 Academy Awards and 40 nominations in total, according to The Hollywood Reporter.
Chartoff also contributed to two Shakespearean movies and John Boorman’s journalism drama “In My Country.”
He was married three times, and has five children. He is survived by his last wife, Jenny Weyman.
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