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John Calley, film executive and producer, dies

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John Calley
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Hollywood heavy-hitter John Calley — who produced such big-name projects as The Da Vinci Code, Closer, The Remains of the Day (for which he was nominated for an Oscar), and Catch-22 — has passed away at 81. During his 50+-year career in film, Calley served as chairman and CEO at Sony Pictures Entertainment and studio chief at Warner Bros. and MGM/United Artists. The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences awarded Calley the Irving G. Thalberg Memorial Award in  2009. Calley’s memorial will be held at Sony Pictures Studios. He is survived by his daughter Sabrina Calley and step-children Emily Zinnemann, David Zinnemann and Will Firth from his marriage to Meg Tilly.

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