Sunday, January 27, 2013

RIP Lloyd Phillips

New Zealand's first Oscar winner dies

7:35 AM Monday Jan 28, 2013

Lloyd Phillips with Temuera Morrison at the 2000 premiere for Vertical Limit in Newmarket, Auckland. Photo / Richard Robinson

New Zealand's first Oscar winner has died suddenly of a heart attack in America.

Lloyd Phillips, who was 63, worked on some of Hollywood's biggest films, including as executive producer of blockbusters Inglourious Basterds and The Tourist, Nikau Film Productions said.

Phillips was born in South Africa but grew up in Auckland, where he attended Auckland Grammar School.

He worked as a photo journalist before being selected to attend the National Film School in Britain in 1973.

In 1981 he won the best short film, live action Oscar for his action film The Dollar Bottom.

Later in his career he was executive producer of the Quentin Tarantino movie Inglourious Basterds starring Brad Pitt, and executive producer of The Tourist, starring Johnny Depp and Angelina Jolie.

He died suddenly of a heart attack on Saturday evening in Malibu, Los Angeles, Nikau Film Productions said.

Born: 12/14/1949, South Africa
Died: 1/26/2013, Malibu, California, U.S.A

Lloyd Phillips western – producer:
The Legend of Zorro – 2005

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