Monday, January 17, 2011
Celebrity Grave: "Funny Girl" Producer Ray Stark 2004
Ray Stark (October 3, 1915 – January 17, 2004) was an Academy Award-nominated American film producer and powerbroker known for his Machiavellian ways. Stark was one of the most influential producers in film history and, along with Lew Wasserman, was considered one of the last great moguls.
He received the Irving G. Thalberg award in 1980 from the Academy of Motion Picture Arts & Sciences.
Ray Stark and his wife Frances owned Rancho Corral de Quati, a 300-acre ranch in Los Olivos, California and were breeders of Thoroughbred racehorses.
On his passing in 2004, Ray Stark was interred in the Westwood Village Memorial Park Cemetery in Los Angeles. At the time of his death his estate was valued at two billion dollars. Following his death a large part of his modern sculpture collection was given to the Getty Museum in Los Angeles; the gift was valued at $750 million dollars. The Ray and Fran Stark Sculpture Garden opened in 2007 and accounts for 75% of the sculptures in the museum's collection.
The Night of the Iguana (1964, MGM)
This Property Is Condemned (1966, Paramount)
Reflections in a Golden Eye (1967, Warner Bros.)
Funny Girl (1968, Columbia)
The Owl and the Pussycat (1970, Columbia)
Fat City (1972, Columbia)
The Way We Were (1973, Columbia)
The Sunshine Boys (1975, MGM)
Funny Lady (1975, Columbia)
Murder by Death (1976, Columbia)
The Goodbye Girl (1977, MGM)
Robin and Marian (1976, Columbia)
Smokey and the Bandit (1977, Universal)
The Cheap Detective (1978, Columbia)
California Suite (1978, Columbia)
The Electric Horseman (1979, Universal/Columbia)
Annie (1982, Columbia)
Steel Magnolias (1989, TriStar)
Lost in Yonkers (1993, Columbia)
Barbarians at the Gate (1993, HBO, made for TV)