Jerome Hellman, Producer of Midnight Cowboy and Coming Home, Dead at 92



Everett Jerome Hellman in 1969     

Jerome Hellman, who produced movies like Midnight Cowboy and Coming Dwelling, is useless on the age of 92.

Hellman’s spouse Elizabeth confirmed her husband died at their house in South Egremont, Massachusetts, on Wednesday after a protracted sickness, in keeping with The Hollywood Reporter. The filmmaker suffered a stroke 12 years in the past, Elizabeth added.

The New York native was greatest identified for producing the 1969 buddy drama Midnight Cowboy, which received Finest Image on the 42nd Academy Awards. It was the primary and solely X-rated movie to take house the ceremony’s prime prize.

“I used to be so certain we weren’t going to win I did not even put together a speech,” Hellman recalled in an interview with the Los Angeles Instances in 2005. “I most likely solely mentioned 10 phrases. It should’ve been the shortest speech within the historical past of the Oscars.”

Neilson Barnard/Getty Jerome Hellman in 2009     

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“I did not thank [director John Schlesinger] or the actors or my mom or father,” he continued. “All I bear in mind is going to the Governors Ball and seeing [screenwriter] Ernie Lehman, who ran as much as me and mentioned, ‘Tonight, you are the king.’ It was simply a kind of particular occasions when the Academy one way or the other acknowledges greatness.”


Apart from its Finest Image honor, Midnight Cowboy took house the Oscars for Finest Director and Finest Tailored Screenplay. Moreover, it was nominated for Finest Actor twice (Dustin Hoffman and Jon Voight), Finest Supporting Actress (Sylvia Miles) and Finest Movie Modifying.

Later in his profession, Hellman acquired one other Finest Image nomination for producing Hal Ashby’s 1978 warfare movie Coming Dwelling, which was up for eight Oscars and received three. It starred Voight, Jane Fonda and Bruce Dern.

Hellman’s movies made an indelible mark on the film trade throughout the 1970s, a time fondly often called “New Hollywood.” He produced motion pictures alongside a few of Hollywood’s iconic administrators like Ashby, Schlesinger, George Roy Hill, Irvin Kershner and Peter Weir. 

The Oscar winner’s credit embody Hill’s The World of Henry Orient (1964), Kershner’s A High quality Insanity (1966), Schlesinger’s The Day of the Locust (1975) and Weir’s The Mosquito Coast (1986).

Whereas Hellman stayed behind the scenes throughout most of his profession, the producer made his appearing debut and finale in Ashby’s 1979 basic Being There alongside Peter Sellers, who additionally starred in The World of Henry Orient 15 years earlier.


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