David Brown, one of Hollywood’s most enduringly successful producers, has died at his Manhattan home aged 93, after a long illness. A native New Yorker, he trained as a journalist and wrote short stories, edited numerous publications, and served as a first lieutenant with US Army Military Intelligence during World War II.
In 1951, Brown was hired by Darryl F. Zanuck, head of 20th Century Fox, to run the studio’s story department. He would stay at Fox for two decades, rising in the executive ranks and surviving two firings during a tumultuous period which changed Hollywood’s ‘star system’ irrevocably. Continue reading