Fred Roos, ‘Godfather Part II’ Producer and Longtime Coppola Collaborator, Dies at 89

Fred Roos, ‘Godfather Part II’ Producer and Longtime Coppola Collaborator, Dies at 89
Executive Producer Fred Roos poses at The U.S. Premiere of Focus Features "The Beguiled" at Directors Guild of America in Los Angeles on June 12, 2017. (Steve Cohn/Invision for Focus Features/AP Images)

Fred Roos, the Oscar-winning producer of “The Godfather Part II” who helped launch the careers of numerous superstars from Jack Nicholson to Tom Cruise, has died. He was 89.

He died at his home in Beverly Hills, California, on Saturday, a representative said Tuesday, just days after his and Francis Ford Coppola’s latest film “ Megalopolis ” premiered at the Cannes Film Festival.

Roos and Coppola worked together for over 50 years, starting with “The Godfather,” where he advised on the casting of Al Pacino and James Caan against the wishes of the studio, and introduced Coppola to John Cazale. He also produced Coppola’s best picture nominees “The Conversation,” “Apocalypse Now” and Parts II and III of “The Godfather.”

“Fred Roos possessed a casting instinct that was near infallible,” Coppola wrote on Instagram. “He was a great lifelong friend and collaborator with above all a true love for movies.”

Roos is survived by his son, Alexander “Sandy” Roos, who was also his producing partner, and his wife, Nancy Drew.

“[He] was determined to never retire from the film business and to go with his boots on,” his son said in a statement. “He got his wish.”

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