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Scott Rudin is an American producer of films such as There Will be Blood and No Country for Old Men. He has won four major honors: Emmy, Grammy, Oscar and Tony.
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Scott Rudin is an American producer who was born in New York City in 1958. By his late 20s Rudin was president of production at 20th Century FOX. He produced a steady stream of hits there and at Paramount, with films such as The Firm, There Will be Blood and No Country for Old Men. Rudinis only one of 14 people to have received the four major entertainment honors: Emmy, Grammy, Oscar and Tony. For his work on Captain Phillips (2013),
"The way I like to work ... I like to agree to agree. I don't make you do something you don't want to do and you don't make me do something I don't want to do. I don't think of myself as anything other than the producer of the movie, but that's half the job. I will kill to get something moving. Directors will tell you that."
he was nominated for yet another Oscar in 2014 for best picture.
Scott Rudin was born on July 14, 1958, in New York City, and grew up in the town of Baldwin on Long Island. The older of two brothers, he was not especially fond of his childhood or close to his family. Rudin stated, "I've never been nurtured" and admitted he doesn't get along with his mother. He said of his upbringing: "I was a Jewish kid from Long Island who didn't want to be a Jewish kid from Long Island. There's no mystery to it. It's fairly self-explanatory. My father sold men's clothing. I don't know where he works now. He was a salesman."
Rudin gained career experience at age 15 by working as an assistant to legendary theater producer Kermit Bloomgarten and later for producers Robert Whitehead and Emanuel Azenberg. After graduating from high school, Rudin shocked his parents by declining a scholarship from Brown University. Instead he worked as a casting agent, and within a couple of years he launched his own casting company.
At age 21, Rudin relocated to Hollywood and worked as a producer on dramas such as the miniseries Little Gloria ... Happy at Last (1982), a biopic based on Gloria Vanderbilt, and He Makes Me Feel Like Dancin' (1983), an Emmy-winning children's program. Rudin then created his own production company, Scott Rudin Productions. The company found success in films such as Mrs. Soffel (1984), for which its lead actress, Diane Keaton, was nominated for a Golden Globe.
20th Century FOX soon recognized Rudin's talent and recruited him to serve as its executive producer. By his late 20s, Rudin was promoted to president of production, a position he held for a year before resigning to revive his production company. Scott Rudin Productions partnered with Paramount to produce films such as Pacific Heights (1990), Regarding Henry (1991), The Addams Family (1991), Little Man Tate (1991) and Sister Act (1992).
In 1992 Rudin signed with Tri-Star Pictures, but soon thereafter several films he had worked on at Paramount were released, including the hit films The Firm (1993) and Searching for Bobby Fischer (1993). Rudin then delved into theatre, where in 1994 he won a best musical Tony Award for his production of Passion. In his career, he would go on to win Tony Awards for a multitude of productions including Copenhagen (2000), The Goat, or Who Is Sylvia (2002), Doubt (2005), The History Boys (2006) and Book of Mormon (2012).
Rudin delayed his move to Tri-Star Pictures indefinitely and continued to work at Paramount on films including Clueless (1995), The First Wives Club (1996) and Ransom (1996). He dabbled in television with the based-on-the-movie series Clueless (1996-99) and then worked on other hit films like Wonder Boys (2000), Zoolander (2001) and The Hours (2002), which received an Academy Award nomination for best picture.
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