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Darryl F. Zanuck


Darryl Francis Zanuck was an American film studio executive and producer. He played a major part in the Hollywood studio system as one of its longest survivors and earned three Academy Awards.

In 1933, Zanuck left Warners Bros to found 20th Century Films with Joseph Schenck and William Goetz, releasing their material through United Artists. In 1935, Schenck and Zanuck bought out Fox studios to become Twentieth Century-Fox. Zanuck was president of this new studio and took an interventionist approach, closely involving himself in editing and producing.

Zanuck was keen to sign Alfred Hitchcock to make several films for the company — including Trap for a Solitary Man, Village of Stars and The Day Christ Died — but ultimately Lifeboat (1944) was the only film the director made for Fox.


With Hitchcock...

  • Lifeboat (1944) - executive producer (uncredited)