Richard Zanuck Net Worth

Richard Zanuck Net Worth 2023: Wiki Biography, Married, Family, Measurements, Height, Salary, Relationships

Richard D. Zanuck net worth is
$80 Million

Richard D. Zanuck Wiki Biography

Richard Darryl Zanuck was born on 13 December 1934, in Los Angeles, California USA, a son of well-known actress Virginia Fox and studio executive and producer Darryl F. Zanuck who was a head of production at 20th Century Fox at the time. Richard Zanuck was a film producer, perhaps best known for the film “Driving Miss Daisy”, which won the Academy Award for Best Picture in 1989. He passed away in July 2012.

So just how rich was Richard Zanuck? Authoritative sources estimate that Richard Zanuck’s net worth was  an impressive $80 million, mostly accumulated from his career as a film producer spanning over 50 years.

Richard Zanuck Net Worth $80 Million

Richard Zanuck started his career while still studying at Stanford University; his first job was working at the department of 20th Century Fox film studios.He then had an opportunity to work on a film called “Compulsion”, and eventually became president of the company. However, after he failed with the film “Doctor Dolittle” in 1967, Zanuck was fired by his father, and went to join Warner Bros Company, where he took up the position of an Executive Vice-President.

In 1972, Zanuck together with his friend David Brown formed an independent film production organisation called “The Zanuck/Brown Company”, which was a subsidiary of Universal Pictures. They were soon able to produce “Jaws” and “The Sugarland Express” directed by Steven Spielberg, and also managed to succeed with “Cocoon” and “Driving Miss Daisy”, which won Zanuck an Academy Award for Best Picture. With more public recognition, Richard Zanuck’s net worth began increasing significantly.

Such was the success of the partnership and company, that in 1990 Richard Zanuck and David Brown were awarded the prestigious Irving G. Thalberg Memorial Award; joining other recipients of the same award including Steven Spielberg, Alfred Hitchcock, and Clint Eastwood. Richard Zanuck soon became friends with another famous film director and producer Tim Burton, with whom he worked on some of his best movies, helping Burton create the science fiction film “Planet of the Apes” featuring Mark Wahlberg and Tim Roth, as well as “Charlie and the Chocolate Factory” with Johnny Depp and Helena Bonham Carter. His net worth continued to row.

Their further collaborations together resulted in the release of a musical horror film “Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street” that earned $152 million at the box office, as well as the fantasy film “Alice in Wonderland” that generated the remarkable amount of $1 billion in takings, becoming the sixteenth highest-grossing film of all time.

Richard Zanuck’s last works include the horror comedy film “Dark Shadows”, as well as the fantasy film with Angelina Jolie called “Maleficent” for which he received posthumous credit.

Richard Zanuck passed away in 2012 due to a heart attack. Zanuck’s house “Beverly Park” where he lived for the majority of his life was sold that same year for $20 million. Zanuck was married three times, his last wife being Lili Fini Zanuck who he married in 1978, and previously Lili Charlene Gentle(1959-69) with whom he had two children, and Linda Melson Harrison(1969-78), and another two children. His first two wives were actresses, which caused some discomfort in the family home, and contributed to their divorces.

Full NameRichard D. Zanuck
Net Worth$80 Million
Date Of BirthDecember 13, 1934, Los Angeles, California, United States
DiedJuly 13, 2012, Beverly Hills, California, United States
Height1.75 m
ProfessionFilm producer
EducationStanford University
SpouseLili Fini Zanuck (m. 1978–2012), Linda Harrison (m. 1969–1978), Lili Gentle (m. 1958–1968)
ChildrenDean Zanuck, Harrison Zanuck, Janet Beverly Zanuck Davidson, Virginia Lorraine Zanuck, Laura Gentle
ParentsVirginia Fox, Darryl F. Zanuck
SiblingsDarrylin Zanuck DePineda, Susan Zanuck
AwardsPrimetime Emmy Award - Outstanding Television Movie (2015), Golden Globe Award - Best Film (2011), Saturn Award - Best Horror Film (2007), Lifetime Achievement Award (2004), Academy Award for Best Picture, Producers Guild of America Award for Best Theatrical Motion Picture, Golden Globe Award for Be...
NominationsGolden Globe Award for Best Motion Picture – Drama, BAFTA Award for Best Film, Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Variety, Music or Comedy Special, BAFTA Children's Award for Best Feature Film
Movies"Driving Miss Daisy" (1989), “Dark Shadows” (2012), “Maleficent”, "Camerimage" (2009), “Planet of the Apes” (2001), “Charlie and the Chocolate Factory” (2005), "Alice in Wonderland" (2010), “Jaws”, “The Sugarland Express”, “Cocoon”, “Driving Miss Daisy”
TV ShowsBackstory
1The Sound of Music (1965) did more damage to the industry than any other picture. Everyone tried to copy it. We were the biggest offenders.
2This is a business where you make decisions using your gut.
3[about his father, studio boss Darryl F. Zanuck, being fired from his job] It was hard to see my father go through that. I recovered from being fired, I don't think he ever did.
1Ironically, both Richard D. Zanuck and his father Darryl F. Zanuck died at the age of 77 (in 2012 and 1979, respectively).
2The commercial and critical failure of the expensively-produced musical extravaganzas, Doctor Dolittle (1967) and Star! (1968), led to him being ousted as head of production at 20th Century Fox in 1970.
3Had his greatest successes as head of his own production company, in association with David Brown, turning out mega hits like The Sting (1973) and Jaws (1975).
4Between 2001 and 2012, he collaborated on six films with director Tim Burton, beginning with the remake of Planet of the Apes (2001) and ending with Dark Shadows (2012).
5In 1965 met producing partner David Brown during a stint at FOX.
6Accompanied his father to the studio from an early age and assisted in reviewing rough cuts for studio executives.
7Brother of Darrilyn Zanuck DePineda.
8Tribute in the Memory of Film section at the Flanders International Film Festival in Ghent, Belgium. [2001]
9Father, with Linda Harrison, of sons Harrison Zanuck and Dean Zanuck.
10Son of Hollywood producer Darryl F. Zanuck and actress Virginia Fox.


Hidden2015/Iproducer - uncredited
Bessie2015TV Movie executive producer
Dark Shadows2012producer
Clash of the Titans2010executive producer
Alice in Wonderland2010/Iproducer
Yes Man2008producer
Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street2007producer
Charlie and the Chocolate Factory2005producer
Dead Lawyers2004TV Movie executive producer
Big Fish2003producer
Road to Perdition2002producer
Reign of Fire2002producer
Planet of the Apes2001producer
Rules of Engagement2000producer
The 72nd Annual Academy Awards2000TV Special producer
True Crime1999producer
Deep Impact1998producer
Chain Reaction1996executive producer
Mulholland Falls1996producer
Wild Bill1995producer
Clean Slate1994producer
Rich in Love1992producer
Driving Miss Daisy1992TV Movie executive producer
Driving Miss Daisy1989producer
Cocoon: The Return1988producer
CBS Summer Playhouse1987TV Series executive producer - 1 episode
The Verdict1982producer
The Island1980producer
Jaws 21978producer
MacArthur1977executive producer - as a Richard D.Zanuck David Brown production
The Eiger Sanction1975executive producer
The Girl from Petrovka1974producer
The Black Windmill1974executive producer
The Sugarland Express1974producer
Willie Dynamite1974producer
The Sting1973executive producer - uncredited
Sssssss1973executive producer
The Sound of Music1965executive producer - uncredited
The Chapman Report1962producer
DecalogueTV Mini-Series executive producer - 10 episodes announced

Production Manager

Tora! Tora! Tora!1970executive in charge of production - uncredited


Biography1995TV Series documentary special thanks - 1 episode
The Sound of Music: From Fact to Phenomenon1994Video documentary sincere appreciation
Escobar: Paradise Lost2014in loving memory of
The Grand Budapest Hotel2014special thanks: our old friends
Don't Say No Until I Finish Talking: The Story of Richard D. Zanuck2013Documentary special thanks
Edición Especial Coleccionista2012TV Series in memory of - 1 episode
Hotel Chevalier2007Short special thanks - as Richard Zanuck
Expresso2007Short special thanks
Girl 272007Documentary thanks - as Richard Zanuck
Jessica Tandy: Theatre Legend to Screen Star2003Video documentary short very special thanks - as Richard Zanuck
Miss Daisy's Journey: From Stage to Screen2003Video documentary short very special thanks - as Richard Zanuck
Enlisted: The Story of 'M*A*S*H'2002Video documentary short special thanks - as Richard Zanuck
Making the Connection: Untold Stories of 'The French Connection'2001TV Movie documentary special thanks - as Richard Zanuck
Behind the Rules of Engagement2000Video documentary short special thanks - as Richard Zanuck
Patton: A Tribute to Franklin J. Schaffner1997Video documentary special thanks - as Richard Zanuck
The Making of Steven Spielberg's 'Jaws'1995Video documentary special thanks


Don't Say No Until I Finish Talking: The Story of Richard D. Zanuck2013DocumentaryHimself
Moguls & Movie Stars: A History of Hollywood2010TV Mini-Series documentaryHimself - Producer / Himself / Himself - Interviewee
Fox Legacy with Tom Rothman2010TV SeriesHimself
Jaws: The Inside Story2010TV Movie documentaryHimself
Biography1995-2010TV Series documentaryHimself / Himself - Producer, Driving Miss Daisy / Himself - Producer / ...
American Masters2008TV Series documentaryHimself - Interviewee
Broadway Beat2008TV SeriesHimself
HBO First Look2001-2008TV Series documentaryHimself
A Tribute to Peter Bart: Newhouse Mirror Award2007ShortHimself
The Making of 'The Sand Pebbles'2007VideoHimself
Milestones in Cinema History: The Verdict2007Video documentary shortHimself
The Shark Is Still Working2007DocumentaryHimself
Darryl F. Zanuck: A Dream Fulfilled2006Video documentary short
Boffo! Tinseltown's Bombs and Blockbusters2006DocumentaryHimself
All of What Follows Is True: The Making of 'Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid'2006Video documentary shortHimself
Who Needs Sleep?2006Documentary as Richard Zanuck
Shootout2005TV SeriesHimself
The 100 Greatest War Films2005TV Movie documentaryHimself (as Richard D Zanuck)
The Last Mogul2005TV Special documentaryHimself
Charlie and the Chocolate Factory: Designer Chocolate2005Video documentary shortHimself
Charlie and the Chocolate Factory: Different Faces, Different Flavors2005Video documentary shortHimself
Jessica Tandy: Theatre Legend to Screen Star2003Video documentary shortHimself - Producer (as Richard)
Miss Daisy's Journey: From Stage to Screen2003Video documentary shortHimself - Producer (as Richard)
Filming 'Rush'2002Video documentary shortHimself
The Making of 'Road to Perdition'2002TV Short documentaryHimself (as Richard Zanuck)
E! True Hollywood Story2002TV Series documentaryHimself
Enlisted: The Story of 'M*A*S*H'2002Video documentary shortHimself (as Richard Zanuck)
Making the Connection: Untold Stories of 'The French Connection'2001TV Movie documentaryHimself - Producer (as Richard Zanuck)
History vs. Hollywood2001TV Series documentaryHimself
Backstory2000-2001TV Series documentaryHimself / Himself - Producer / Himself - Former Fox Studio Executive
The Making of 'Planet of the Apes'2001TV Short documentaryHimself - Producer
Planet of the Apes: Rule the Planet2001TV Short documentaryHimself (uncredited)
John Williams: The Music of 'Jaws 2'2001Video short documentaryHimself (uncredited)
The Making of 'Jaws 2'2001Video documentaryHimself
Cleopatra: The Film That Changed Hollywood2001TV Movie documentaryHimself (as Richard Zanuck)
The Poughkeepsie Shuffle: Tracing 'The French Connection'2000TV Movie documentaryHimself - Former Head of Production, Fox (as Richard Zanuck)
Twentieth Century Fox: The Blockbuster Years2000TV Movie documentaryHimself
Behind the Rules of Engagement2000Video documentary shortHimself
Behind the Planet of the Apes1998TV Movie documentaryHimself (as Richard Zanuck)
The Directors1997TV Series documentaryHimself
20th Century-Fox: The First 50 Years1997TV Movie documentaryHimself
Patton: A Tribute to Franklin J. Schaffner1997Video documentaryHimself - Fox Production President on 'Patton' (as Richard Zanuck)
The Making of Steven Spielberg's 'Jaws'1995Video documentaryHimself
The Sound of Music: From Fact to Phenomenon1994Video documentaryHimself, 20th Century Fox Production head (1962-1970)
Here's Looking at You, Warner Bros.1991TV Movie documentaryHimself
The American Ireland Fund Annual Tribute a Salute to Gene Kelly1990TV MovieHimself
The 62nd Annual Academy Awards1990TV SpecialHimself - Winner: Best Picture
Talking Pictures1988TV Series documentaryHimself
The 55th Annual Academy Awards1983TV SpecialHimself - Nominee: Best Picture
The Making of 'The Verdict'1982Video documentary shortHimself - Producer
The Mike Douglas Show1978TV SeriesHimself - Producer

Archive Footage

The 85th Annual Academy Awards2013TV SpecialHimself - Producer (In Memoriam)
The EE British Academy Film Awards2013TV SpecialMemorial Tribute

Won Awards

2015Primetime EmmyPrimetime Emmy AwardsOutstanding Television MovieBessie (2015)
2009Special AwardCamerimageProducer with Unique Visual Sensitivity
2004Lifetime Achievement AwardPalm Springs International Film FestivalFor producing.
2001ShoWest AwardShoWest Convention, USAProducer of the Year
1998Hollywood Film AwardHollywood Film AwardsOutstanding Achievement in Producing
1993Lifetime Achievement Award in Motion PicturesPGA Awards
1991Irving G. Thalberg Memorial AwardAcademy Awards, USA
1990OscarAcademy Awards, USABest PictureDriving Miss Daisy (1989)
1990PGA AwardPGA AwardsOutstanding Producer of Theatrical Motion PicturesDriving Miss Daisy (1989)
1976Showmanship AwardPublicists Guild of AmericaMotion Picture
1968Star on the Walk of FameWalk of FameTelevisionOn 11 December 1968. At 6915 Hollywood Blvd.

Nominated Awards

2008Gold Derby AwardGold Derby AwardsMotion PictureSweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street (2007)
2005BAFTA Children's AwardBAFTA AwardsBest Feature FilmCharlie and the Chocolate Factory (2005)
2004BAFTA Film AwardBAFTA AwardsBest FilmBig Fish (2003)
2003PGA AwardPGA AwardsOutstanding Producer of Theatrical Motion PicturesRoad to Perdition (2002)
2000Primetime EmmyPrimetime Emmy AwardsOutstanding Variety, Music or Comedy SpecialThe 72nd Annual Academy Awards (2000)
1999OFTA Film AwardOnline Film & Television AssociationBest Sci-Fi/Fantasy/Horror PictureDeep Impact (1998)
1991BAFTA Film AwardBAFTA AwardsBest FilmDriving Miss Daisy (1989)
1983OscarAcademy Awards, USABest PictureThe Verdict (1982)
1976OscarAcademy Awards, USABest PictureJaws (1975)

2nd Place Awards

1990Wise Owl AwardRetirement Research Foundation, USATelevision and Theatrical Film FictionDriving Miss Daisy (1989)

Known for movies

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