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Branko Lustig

  • Birthplace: Osijek, Croatia, Yugoslavia
  • Birthday: June 10
Date of passing: 
November 14, 2019

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Branko Lustig was a Croatian-born producer and production manager.

A survivor of the Auschwitz and Bergen-Belsen concentration camps, Lustig went on to have a career in the film industry that spanned over five decades, eventually becoming one of the most influential producers in Hollywood.

He started out in Europe, working on productions as an assistant director and a local production supervisor on two Oscar winners: The Tin Drum (1979) and Sophie's Choice (1982), respectively.

Branko Lustig was a Croatian-born producer and production manager.

A survivor of the Auschwitz and Bergen-Belsen concentration camps, Lustig went on to have a career in the film industry that spanned over five decades, eventually becoming one of the most influential producers in Hollywood.

He started out in Europe, working on productions as an assistant director and a local production supervisor on two Oscar winners: The Tin Drum (1979) and Sophie's Choice (1982), respectively.

Lustig moved to Los Angeles in the late 1980s where he met Steven Spielberg, with whom he would produce Schindler's List (1994), and earn his first Oscar for best picture. His second Best Picture Oscar came with the first of six collaborations with Ridley Scott on Gladiator (2000).

Lustig also produced and managed multiple television miniseries such as: Anno domini 1573, Mathias Sandorf, The Winds of War, and War and Remembrance.

Lustig died November 14, 2019, in Zagreb, Croatia. He was 87.

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