By Wendy Mitchell
October 14, 2009 at 08:00 AM EDT

Producer and former head of MGM Daniel Melnick died Tuesday in Los Angeles, according to Variety. He was 77 and recently had surgery for lung cancer. During his time as MGM chief, the studio worked on films such as Network, The Goodbye Girl and The Sunshine Boys. He also served as executive producer on That’s Entertainment. At Columbia, Melnick worked on films including Kramer vs. Kramer and Midnight Express.