Darryl F. Zanuck

Film Producer
Born Sep 5, 1902

Darryl Francis Zanuck was an American producer, writer, actor, director and studio executive who played a major part in the Hollywood studio system as one of its longest survivors. He earned three Academy Awards during his tenure.

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1902 Birth Born on September 5, 1902.


1918 15 Years Old In 1918, despite being sixteen, he deceived a recruiter and joined the United States Army and served in France with the Nebraska National Guard. … Read More
1922 19 Years Old He found work producing movie plots, selling his first story in 1922 to William Russell and his second to Irving Thalberg. … Read More


1924 21 Years Old Zanuck then worked for Mack Sennett and took that experience to Warner Bros. where he wrote stories for Rin Tin Tin and under a number of pseudonyms wrote over forty scripts from 1924–1929, including Old San Francisco (1927).
1929 26 Years Old He moved into management in 1929, and became head of production in 1931.


1933 30 Years Old In 1933 he left Warners to found 20th Century Films with Joseph Schenck and William Goetz, releasing their material through United Artists. … Read More


1944 41 Years Old He returned to Fox in 1944. … Read More


1956 53 Years Old He left his wife, Virginia Fox, in 1956 and moved to Europe to concentrate on producing. … Read More
1962 59 Years Old He returned to control Fox in 1962, replacing Spyros Skouras, in a confrontation over the release of Zanuck's production of The Longest Day as the studio struggled to finish the difficult production of Cleopatra. … Read More


1969 66 Years Old He became involved in a power struggle with the board and his son circa 1969.
1971 68 Years Old In May 1971 Zanuck was forced from "his" studio. … Read More
1979 77 Years Old Died on December 22, 1979.
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