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Film and TV producer Daniel Melnick, 77, dies

LOS ANGELES — Daniel Melnick, the producer who brought gutsy, smart movies like Straw Dogs, Network and Midnight Express to the big screen, has died at his home in Los Angeles. He was 77.

His son, Peter, told the Los Angeles Times that Mr. Melnick died Tuesday of multiple ailments. He had recently undergone surgery for lung cancer.

Mr. Melnick was head of production at MGM and Columbia, where he helped develop the divorce drama Kramer vs. Kramer and the thriller The China Syndrome. He also produced the 1960s spy-spoof television series Get Smart that starred Don Adams as bumbling secret agent Maxwell Smart.

In addition to his son, Mr. Melnick is survived by his daughter, Gabrielle Wilkerson-Melnick, and two grandchildren.

Film and TV producer Daniel Melnick, 77, dies 10/18/09 [Last modified: Sunday, October 18, 2009 9:49pm]
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