Alan Ladd Jr.

Producer, Studio executive, Agent
The son of movie star Alan Ladd, Alan Ladd, Jr. forged an impressive legacy of his own as a maverick producer and studio head responsible for several of the greatest films of the late-20th century. A former Hollywood ... Read more »
Born: 10/22/1937 in Los Angeles, California, USA

Filmography

Producer (16)

Gone Baby Gone 2007 (Movie)

(Producer)

An Unfinished Life 2005 (Movie)

(Producer)

The Man in the Iron Mask 1998 (Movie)

(Executive Producer)

A Very Brady Sequel 1996 (Movie)

(Producer)

The Phantom 1996 (Movie)

(Producer)

Braveheart 1995 (Movie)

(Producer)

Quigley Down Under 1990 (Movie)

(Executive Producer)

The Russia House 1990 (Movie)

(Executive Producer)

Vice Versa 1988 (Movie)

(Executive Producer)

Fear Is the Key 1973 (Movie)

(Producer)

The Nightcomers 1971 (Movie)

(Producer)

X Y & Zee 1971 (Movie)

(Producer)

Tam Lin 1970 (Movie)

(Producer)

Villain 1970 (Movie)

(Producer)

A Severed Head 1969 (Movie)

(Producer)

The Walking Stick 1969 (Movie)

(Producer)
Actor (5)

The Last Mogul 2005 (Movie)

Himself (Actor)

When Star Wars Ruled the World 2004 - 2005 (TV Show)

Actor

History Vs. Hollywood 2001 - 2002 (TV Show)

Actor

The Omen Legacy (TV Show)

Actor

Biography

The son of movie star Alan Ladd, Alan Ladd, Jr. forged an impressive legacy of his own as a maverick producer and studio head responsible for several of the greatest films of the late-20th century. A former Hollywood talent agent, Ladd began his career as a producer in the United Kingdom on mid-range genre films like "The Walking Stick" (1970) and "Villain" (1971). Returning home to work at 20th Century Fox, Ladd oversaw such hits as "Young Frankenstein" (1974) on his way to being named studio chief. Among his more memorable achievements was the shepherding of such genre-defining classics as "Star Wars" (1977) and "Alien" (1979) through the haphazard production process. Soon after, he formed The Ladd Company, where he produced films like the Oscar-winning "Chariots of Fire" (1981) and the iconic futuristic thriller "Blade Runner" (1982). Unfortunately, the box office failure of "The Right Stuff" (1983) contributed to the shuttering of The Ladd Company in the mid-1980s, although as Chairman of MGM/UA, Ladd continued to greenlight a series of instant classics, including "Moonstruck" (1987) and "Thelma and Louise" (1991). Resurrecting The Ladd Company under Paramount, Ladd garnered another Oscar for Mel Gibson's "Braveheart" (1995) and continued his success with "The Brady Bunch Movie" (1995) and its sequel before returning to work as an independent producer on such films as director Ben Affleck's "Gone Baby Gone" (2007). Revered for his keen eye for talent and unwavering standards, Ladd's reputation as one of Hollywood's top producers was well deserved.

Relationships

Marjorie Jane Ladd

Mother

Amanda Sue Ladd

Daughter

Tracy Elizabeth Ladd

Daughter

Cindra Ladd

Wife
married on July 13, 1985

Alan Ladd

Father
born on September 3, 1913 died on January 29, 1964 tough-guy star of such films as "This Gun for Hire" (1942), "The Blue Dahlia" (1946), "Shane" (1953) and "The Carpetbaggers" (1964)

Patricia Ladd

Wife
married on August 30, 1959 divorced in 1983

Kelliann Ladd

Daughter
married to entertainment lawyer John Gatti gave birth to daughter Isabelle in May 1999

David Ladd

Half-Brother
born on February 5, 1947 mother, Sue Carol

Alana Ladd

Half-Sister
mother, Sue Carol

Milestones

1996

Signed three-year extension with Paramount

1993

Ousted as head of MGM in July; signed an exclusive three-year pact with Paramount to develop and produce films

1992

Dennis Stanfill appointed co-chair and co-CEO of MGM-Pathe

1991

Appointed chairman and CEO of MGM-Pathe Communications Corp after the resignation of Giancarlo Parretti (April)

1989

Named co-chairman of Pathe Communications Corp.; also chairman and CEO of Pathe Entertainment

1988

Executive produced first feature, "Vice Versa"

1988

Resigned from MGM/UA

1986

Named CEO of UA Corp and chairman of the board of directors; also CEO Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer Pictures, Inc., Culver City, CA; successful films included "Moonstruck" (1987) and "A Fish Called Wanda" (1988)

1985

Appointed president and COO of MGM/UA Entertainment Co.

1979

Resigned from 20th Century-Fox

1979

Founded The Ladd Co, Burbank CA; used the Warner Bros lot

1976

Promoted to senior vice president, 20th Century-Fox Film Corp, (Worldwide Productions division), Beverly Hills, CA

1974

Named vice president of production at 20th Century-Fox Film Corp, Los Angeles

1973

Joined 20th Century-Fox in charge of creative affairs in feature division

1969

Produced first feature, "A Severed Head"

1961

Served with US Air Force

Rose to president, 20th Century-Fox Pictures

Began career as motion picture talent agent at Creative Management Associates, Los Angeles

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