Robert Chartoff, an Oscar-winning producer behind Rocky and Raging Bull among other features, died on Wednesday at the age of 81, his daughter confirmed to CNN. Chartoff had been sick with pancreatic cancer.
“My father was amazing. He was an amazing father and person; there are no words. The important thing is that he died surrounded by his family,” Chartoff’s daughter Julie told CNN.
The Oscar winner was known for his collaboration with fellow producer Irwin Winkler. Each won an Academy Award for Best Picture thanks to 1976’s Rocky. Chartoff and Winkler went on to produce other installments in the Sylvester Stallone boxing franchise through Rocky V. Chartoff was an executive producer on Rocky Balboa and returned as a producer for the forthcoming Creed, a continuation of the Rocky Balboa saga with Stallone and Michael B. Jordan.
Chartoff and Winkler also entered the ring on Martin Scorsese and Robert De Niro’s masterpiece Raging Bull and detailed the start of the space program in The Right Stuff, both of which were nominated for Best Picture.
Chartoff’s last big project before Creed was for the cinematic adaptation of the sci-fi YA novel Ender’s Game. He and Winkler also worked on the remake of The Gambler starring Mark Wahlberg; the pair also collaborated on the original James Caan feature in 1974.