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Ronald Schwartz dies: The Oscar winner for the common man was 76

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Ronald L. Schwartz, who won the Academy Award for Best Picture for Robert Redford’s “Common Man,” died on July 2 in West Hollywood, California.

Shorey, an Oregon resident, entered the entertainment business through a friendship with John Wayne while working as the director of the USC football team. Wayne assisted Schwartz in his work as a stand-in for “Graduate” and “Graduate on the Planet” for Dustin Hoffman.

Showari was also a DGA trainee, which marked the beginning of his career as an assistant
Director in the early 1970s. He began working with Jerry Lewis, Elvis, Peter Fonta, An-Margaret, Jack Lemon and Walter Matthews and eventually turned into a producer.
Director with the help of director Bob Butler and producer Ray Stark.

After working as an associate producer and production director in Redford’s 1978 play The Electric Horseman, Shawry was hired by Redford as the sole producer of “The Common Man.”

Judith is based on the guest novel “Ordinary Man”, starring Mary Tyler Moore, Donald Sutherland, Timothy Hutton and Jude Hirsch. In addition to the Schwartz Award, the film won an Oscar for Redford in its directed debut, Hutton for Supporting Actor, and Alvin Sergeant for Adaptive Screenplay. It has won the New York Film Critics Award and the National Review Best Picture Award.

Shawri was the executive of Sidney Pollack’s “Absence of Mallis” and worked with Pollack on “Tutsi”, creating an incredible cameo in comedy. He then made the Rolling Stones documentary “Let’s gether to spend the night together.”

Schwartz then partnered with director Norman Jussison to adapt to Charles Fuller’s Pulitzer Prize-winning “A Soldier’s Game” for producing the 1984 “Story of a Soldier” starring Adolf Caesar and Denzel Washington. Schwarzenegger, Judison and Patrick Palmer were nominated for Oscar for Best Picture, winning by “Amadeus”.

In 1986, Shovery produced “No Battery Included” starring Hume Cronin and Jessica Tandy for Steven Spielberg’s Amblin Entertainment. In 1989, Schwartz joined Pollack and Redford as executive producers of “Havana.” She went on to produce her final film, “Two Faces of the Mirror,” “Sabrina” and “Perfume of a Woman,” “Met Joe Black,” and “Random Hearts.”

Shoary’s TV production credits included the first season of the Vietnam War series, “Journey of Duty,” as well as “Now and Again” and “Medium.” He was forced to retire in 2015 after years of battling a rare neurological autonomic disorder.

Shorey worked extensively in production with his sons, Brian and Neil. Along with the boys he is survived by the Mitchell Jr., Dennis, Gary brothers; His sister, Carol; And his grandson, Mars.

(Ronald Sowery with Kelly Preston on the set of “Medium.”

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