Mark Canton

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Mark Canton (born 19 June 1949) is an American film producer and executive. Canton was born in Queens, New York, the son of Shirley Canton and Arthur Canton, who worked in the film industry on marketing and publicity, e.g. for Lawrence of Arabia. As a young adult, Mark Canton met well known movie people like Alfred Hitchcock and David Lean, and Doris Day visited the family's apartment. After working in the mail room of Warner Bros. while studying at the University of California at Los Angeles, Canton started working for 20th Century Fox and later had jobs with film director Franklin Schaffner, with producer Jon Peters and in the 1970s as executive assistant to Mike Medavoy at United Artists, before working as executive vice president at Warner Bros. from 1980 on. Successes he was involved in at the time include 1983's National Lampoon's Vacation, Purple Rain, and the Batman and Lethal Weapon series, but also notorious box office failures like The Bonfire of the Vanities from 1990, a picture he described as "the best movie I ever saw" at its first screening. In 1991, Canton quit Warner Bros. where he was executive vice president of the Worldwide Motion Picture Production unit.
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