Jon Landau, Oscar-Winning ‘Titanic’ and ‘Avatar’ Producer Dies at 63


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Jon Landau has passed at 63.

According to a Disney reporter, Landau died on Friday, July 5, after a 16-month battle with cancer. Landau’s son Jamie Landau confirmed his death to The Hollywood Reporter. Shortly afterward, others shared tributes and expressed grief and reflections on the accomplished film producer.

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Jon’s sister, Tina Landau, took to social media to mourn the loss of her brother.

“The best brother a girl could ever dream of- my brother Jon – has passed away. My heart is broken but also bursting with pride & gratitude for his most extraordinary life, and the love and gifts he gave me – and all who knew him or his films.”

Jon was born on July 23, 1960, in New York City and was the son of Manhattan movie house owners and producers Ely A. Landau and Edie Landau. In the early ’80s, Jon began his career as a production assistant and production supervisor. He produced films such as Honey, I Shrunk the Kids (1989) and Dick Tracy (1990) before spending approximately five years as an executive at Fox, where he oversaw production on Die Hard 2 (1990), The Last of the Mohicans (1992), Mrs. Doubtfire (1993), and Cameron’s True Lies (1994).

Following that job, he worked as an executive VP at the studio. In 1997, he and Cameron released Titanic, which became the highest-grossing movie of the time and received a Best Picture Academy Award.

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Jon Landau has passed at 63.

According to a Disney reporter, Landau died on Friday, July 5, after a 16-month battle with cancer. Landau’s son Jamie Landau confirmed his death to The Hollywood Reporter. Shortly afterward, others shared tributes and expressed grief and reflections on the accomplished film producer.

Jon’s sister, Tina Landau, took to social media to mourn the loss of her brother.

“The best brother a girl could ever dream of- my brother Jon – has passed away. My heart is broken but also bursting with pride & gratitude for his most extraordinary life, and the love and gifts he gave me – and all who knew him or his films.”

Jon was born on July 23, 1960, in New York City and was the son of Manhattan movie house owners and producers Ely A. Landau and Edie Landau. In the early ’80s, Jon began his career as a production assistant and production supervisor. He produced films such as Honey, I Shrunk the Kids (1989) and Dick Tracy (1990) before spending approximately five years as an executive at Fox, where he oversaw production on Die Hard 2 (1990), The Last of the Mohicans (1992), Mrs. Doubtfire (1993), and Cameron’s True Lies (1994).

Following that job, he worked as an executive VP at the studio. In 1997, he and Cameron released Titanic, which became the highest-grossing movie of the time and received a Best Picture Academy Award.

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