Oscar Winning Producer, Fred Roos Dies At 89!

Oscar Winning Producer, Fred Roos Dies At 89
Oscar Winning Producer, Fred Roos Dies At 89

Fred Roos, the Oscar-winning producer and casting director renowned for his work on The Godfather and Megalopolis, has passed away at the age of 89.

Roos, a legend in Hollywood, was celebrated for his keen eye for talent and his ability to bring unforgettable characters to life on the big screen. His contributions to cinema have left an indelible mark, shaping some of the most iconic films in history. The industry mourns the loss of a true visionary.

Oscar-Winning Producer, Fred Roos Dies At 89

Fred Roos, the acclaimed casting director and producer, passed away at 89 on May 18 in Beverly Hills. Renowned for his work on landmark films like The Godfather and Apocalypse Now, Roos’s career began as a television casting director before he became a distinguished producer.

Oscar Winning Producer, Fred Roos Dies At 89
Oscar Winning Producer, Fred Roos Dies At 89

Roos contributed his casting expertise to iconic films such as American Graffiti. He enjoyed a longstanding partnership with director Francis Ford Coppola, producing or co-producing numerous projects, including the Oscar-winning The Godfather II.

His exceptional eye marks his legacy in Hollywood for talent and his pivotal role in creating some of cinema’s most memorable films.

Fred Roos, the legendary producer of The Godfather, who once cast a young Sofia Coppola (Francis Ford Coppola’s daughter), went on to produce her acclaimed films The Virgin Suicides, Lost in Translation, The Bling Ring, and Marie Antoinette. He also served as an executive producer on Priscilla, a film based on the life of Elvis Presley’s wife.

Most recently, Roos worked as the executive producer and casting director for Megalopolis, which premiered at Cannes in 2024. Last year, Francis Ford Coppola shared a picture of Roos with Adam Driver, expressing gratitude for his invaluable contribution to the project.

Fred Roos was born in Santa Monica and attended UCLA film school. During his service in the army in Korea, he befriended Garry Marshall, which led to a job at MCA. He began his career as a casting director for television before moving on to films such as Zabriskie Point, Fat City, Petulia, and Five Easy Pieces.

Although uncredited, Roos played a crucial role as a casting consultant for the first Star Wars film. He was instrumental in casting Harrison Ford as Han Solo, drawing on their previous collaboration in American Graffiti. His instincts proved spot-on, as Ford perfectly embodied the iconic character.

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