March 28, 2009 at 11:10 PM EDT

Producer/author Steven Bach died on Wednesday at his home in Arlington, Vermont, at the age of 70 from cancer, according to The New York Times. Bach was a producer on films like The Taking of Pehlham 1 2 3 and The Parallax View. He became the senior vice president in charge of worldwide production at United Artists in 1978 and was responsible for greenlighting Raging Bull, Annie Hall and the infamous box-office bomb, Heaven’s Gate. Bach later wrote a critically acclaimed book about the Gate experience called Final Cut: Dreams and Disaster in the Making of Heaven’s Gate.  

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