Paramount Pictures production chief Robert Evans talks about his film "Chinatown" in his office in Beverly Hills, Calif., in 1974. (Jeff Robbins/AP Photo)
Robert Evans, the producer of “Chinatown” who helped shepherd countless seminal films including “The Godfather” and “Harold and Maude” to the screen as chief of Paramount Pictures, has died. He was 89.
A representative for Evans confirmed that he died on Saturday, Oct. 26. No other details were immediately available.
His career was a story of comebacks and re-inventions. Evans had launched a successful women’s clothing line with his brother, Charles.
Evans emerged as head of production at Paramount Pictures and quickly converted the studio from a maker of mediocre films to the biggest hit machine in Hollywood, home to “The Godfather” and “Love Story,” among others.
Years later, and with many flops in between, he produced the 2003 Kate Hudson-Matthew McConaughey film “How to Lose a Guy in 10 Days.”
Evans penned the 1994 memoir “The Kid Stays in the Picture,” which was turned into a documentary in 2002.
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The Associated Press and Epoch Times reporter Jack Phillips contributed to this report.