Oscar winning producer Robert Chartoff died after losing the battle with pancreatic cancer.
Robert Chartoff famous for having produced the classical boxing film ‘Rocky’ passed away at the age of 81 on Wednesday. Chartoff had been battling pancreatic cancer for some time and finally lost the fight in Santa Monica.
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Chartoff along with is partner Irwin Winkler is most famously known as the team which brought the boxing classical film ‘Rocky’ to life. Sylvester Stallone before all the fame had brought the script of the film to Chartoff and Winkler who then convinced the studio United Artists to make it into a film with a meagre budget of only $1 million.
Chartoff and Winkler also convinced the studio on taking Stallone as the male on his insistence. The film ‘Rocky’ went on to make a whopping $200 million and received 10 Oscar nominations making Stallone a star. The duo Chartoff-Winkler went on to make four more Rocky films and even executively produced the latest instalment ‘Rocky Balboa’ in 2006.
The veteran producer had been an Oscar winner for producing ‘Rocky’ along with his partner Irwin Winkler. Chartoff had also been Oscar nominated for the Martin Scorsese’s film ‘Raging Bull’, while his other notable works included producing flicks such as Philip Kaufman’s ‘The Right Stuff’. Most recently Chartoff was also credited with having worked on the 2013 film ‘Ender’s Game’.
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Chartoff and Winkler were also responsible for many influential films during the 60’s to 70’s era in Hollywood. Dome of their notable works under the Chartoff-Winkler banner also include productions such as Sydney Pollack’s ‘They Shoot Horses, Don’t They?’, Robert De Niro’s ‘True Confessions’, John Boorman’s ‘Point Blank’ and James Caan starring ‘The Gambler’. However the Chartoff-Winkler duo split up in 1985 and Chartoff went on to produce films such as ‘The Tempest’.