Darryl F. Zanuck

Darryl F. Zanuck ( born September 5, 1902 in Wahoo, Nebraska, USA, † December 22, 1979 in Palm Springs, California ) was engaged as a film producer, writer and director in the emergence of the classical studio system in Hollywood.

Zanuck also worked under the pseudonyms Mark Canfield, Melville Crossman and Gregory Rogers.


Zanuck was for many years president of production at Warner Brothers. In 1933, Zanuck founded with Joseph Schenck, the company 20th Century Pictures. 1935 merged their business with the Fox Film Company for 20th Century Fox Zanuck as Vice President.

For Green Was My Valley, he was honored in 1942 as a producer with the Academy Award for Best Picture. Three times he was awarded in his career with the Irving G. Thalberg Memorial Award. Furthermore, there is in honor of him a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame. In 1954 he received a Golden Globe for his life's work. He is an honorary member of the Directors Guild of America. Two more Oscar nominations earned him The Fed ( best original story) and The Longest Day ( Best Film ), five times he was nominated for a Laurel Award.

From 1924 to 1956 he was married to actress Virginia Fox, and together they had three children.

Filmography (selection)

As a producer,

As a screenwriter