Darryl F. Zanuck Overview:

Legendary producer, Darryl F. Zanuck, was born Darryl Francis Zanuck on Sep 5, 1902 in Wahoo, NE. Zanuck died at the age of 77 on Dec 22, 1979 in Palm Springs, CA and was laid to rest in Westwood Memorial Park Cemetery in Los Angeles, CA.



He was honored with one star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame in the category of Motion Pictures. Zanuck was never nominated for an Academy Award. However he won three Honorary Awards in 1937, 1944 and 1950 Darryl F. Zanuck .

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He was hired by Warner Bros. in 1924 as a writer on Rin Tin Tin pictures at a little less than $500 per week. By the end of 1925 he had been promoted to executive in charge of production at a salary of $5000 per week.

In 1917 he lied about his age and joined the US Army (he was actually 15 at the time) and was eventually posted to the Mexican border, during which time he took part in the punitive expedition against Mexican revolutionary / bandit Pancho Villa. He was later sent to France, where he saw even more combat.

It was an unwritten rule on the 20th Century Fox lot that Zanuck was "in conference" between 4:00 and 4:30 pm daily, "interviewing" one of his starlets or chorus girls.

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