David Brown

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David Brown (July 28, 1916 – February 1, 2010) was an American film producer. He was one of the most successful film producers in the latter half of the 20th century. He was born in New York City, the son of Lillian (née Baren) and Edward Fisher Brown. He was best known as the producing partner of Richard D. Zanuck. They were jointly awarded the Irving G. Thalberg Memorial Award by the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences in 1990 for their achievements in producing. Among their films were Steven Spielberg's Jaws (1975), and such box office hits as Cocoon (1985), Driving Miss Daisy (1989) and A Few Good Men (1992). In addition to his many successful films, Brown also produced numerous Broadway musicals, including Sweet Smell of Success: The Musical (2002), Dirty Rotten Scoundrels (2005), and the off-Broadway Jerry Herman musical revue Showtune (2003). Brown bought the film and stage rights to A Few Good Men written by playwright Aaron Sorkin. The play opened November 1989 going strong for 500 performances and the film, released in 1992, was also successful starring Tom Cruise and Jack Nicholson.
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