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Arnold Kopelson, Oscar-Winning Producer on 'Platoon,' Dies at 83

Fadu News 2018-10-09 07:51:37

Lester Cohen/WireImageArnold Kopelson

He also was behind such films as 'Seven,' 'The Fugitive,' 'Outbreak' and 'Falling Down.'

Arnold Kopelson, the Oscar-winning producer who was behind such features as Platoon, Seven and The Fugitive while pioneering the practice of presales in motion pictures, has died, his wife, Anne Kopelson, said. He was 83.

Kopelson was a rare producer who had the knack to make both big-budget action movies and smaller, more intellectually challenging films. His movies received 17 Oscar noms, and he won the best picture trophy for Oliver Stone's Platoon (1986).

He was nominated again for Andrew Davis' The Fugitive (1993).

In 1995, Kopelson signed an exclusive, production deal with 20th Century Fox after 5 1/2 years as a producer with a first-look deal at Warner Bros.

Kopelson moved from a legal and financial career into producing. In all, he produced or executive produced nearly 30 features, also including Triumph of the Spirit (1989), Seven (1995), Falling Down (1993), Outbreak (1995), Eraser (1996), U.S. Marshals (1998), The Devil's Advocate (1997), A Perfect Murder (1998), Thieves (2001) and Twisted (2004).

He was honored as producer of the year at Showest in 1994.

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