Robert Katz, Producer on ‘Selena,’ ‘Introducing Dorothy Dandridge’ and ‘Gettysburg,’ Dies at 79

Robert Katz, a producer who labored on notable fact-based tasks together with Selena, Introducing Dorothy Dandridge and Gettysburg, has died. He was 79.

Katz died Wednesday at Valley Presbyterian Hospital in Van Nuys following a protracted battle with lung most cancers, his household introduced.

In 1986, Katz launched Esparza/Katz Productions with Moctesuma Esparza, and they produced greater than 20 tasks collectively, together with the movies Gettysburg (1993), The Disappearance of Garcia Lorca (1996), the Jennifer Lopez-starring Selena (1997) and Gods and Generals (2003).

Their tv work included the 1997 TNT miniseries Rough Riders (1997), that includes Tom Berenger as Teddy Roosevelt; the 1999 HBO telefilm Introducing Dorothy Dandridge, which starred Halle Berry and obtained an Emmy nomination for excellent made for TV film; and the 2006 HBO telefilm Walkout.

Katz landed an Oscar nomination in one of the best quick movie, dwell motion class for Shoeshine (1987).

Born in Los Angeles on Feb. 7, 1943, Katz served with the U.S. Marines as a jet fighter pilot. In the mid-Nineteen Sixties, he was despatched to assist practice the Israeli Air (*79*).

Following his honorable discharge, he was a bush pilot in Africa who traveled with documentary movie crews. This impressed him to grow to be a filmmaker, and he produced greater than 70 documentaries for French and American tv concerning the wars of liberation in Africa.

Katz additionally was a founding father of the medical schooling firm Medcom Inc., which he took public, and a pioneer within the house video market, producing train tasks with Jane Fonda, Arnold Schwarzenegger and others.

His time overseas gave him an entry level into the worldwide gross sales and licensing of movies, his household stated.

More just lately, Katz was working on tasks together with the function Delfino’s Journey, primarily based on a 2000 novel about an Aztec teen by Jo Harper, and a miniseries about Gen. Norman Schwarzkopf primarily based on his 1992 autobiography, It Doesn’t Take a Hero.

Katz was a founding member of Showhawks, an leisure trade flying membership primarily based in L.A.

Survivors embody his third spouse, Patricia, and stepchildren Victoria, Skyler and Adysun. Burial will happen at 11 a.m. on Sunday at Mount Olive Memorial Cemetery in Commerce, California.

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