- Albert S. Ruddy
name = Albert S. Ruddy
birthdate = birth date and age|1930|3|28
yearsactive = 1965-present
academyawards = Best Picture
Million Dollar Baby"
Albert S. Ruddy (born
March 28 1930) is a two time Academy Awardwinning Canada-born producer.
Ruddy was born in
Montrealand raised in New York City. Ruddy attended Brooklyn Techbefore earning a scholarship to allow him to study chemical engineering at City College of New York. He graduated from the School of Architecture at the University of Southern Californiaand then he worked in the construction industry on the east coast.
After a short stint at
Warner Brothers, brought about by a chance meeting with Jack Warner, Ruddy moved on to become a programmer trainee at the Rand Corporationin Santa Monica, California. Returning to entertainment, Ruddy was a television writer at Universal Studios, but left when Marlon Brando Sr., father of the legendary actor, hired him to produce Wild Seedin 1965.
With this one film completed, Ruddy co-created "
Hogan's Heroes" (CBS, 1965-1971), and when the show's five year run was over, Ruddy produced his second film, "Making It" (1970), about a sexually triumphant high school student who beds the gerontophobic wife of his gym teacher. In 1972 he produced " The Godfather" and won his first of two Oscarsfor Best Picture. In 1974, Ruddy produced "The Longest Yard", which was also successful.
The following year, Ruddy produced director/animator
Ralph Bakshi's satirical film "Coonskin". The film was extremely controversial and initially received negative reviews, although it would eventually earn critical acclaim and develop a following with African Americanviewers.
Ruddy went on to produce a long string of movies that, in most cases, failed to either make money or please critics, or in some cases both. Though successful at the box office, "
The Cannonball Run" (1981) was not well received by critics. Following two financially unsuccessful action flicks, " Death Hunt" (1981) and " Megaforce" (1982), Ruddy returned to produce " Cannonball Run II" (1984), which was not commercially successful.
* Won: 2005
Academy Award for Best Picture" Million Dollar Baby"
* Won: 1973 Academy Award for Best Picture "
* Nomination: 1985 Golden Raspberry Award for Worst Picture "
Cannonball Run 2"
* Nomination: 1985 Golden Raspberry Award for Worst Screenplay "Cannonball Run 2" (with
Hal Needham, Harvey Miller)
* Nomination: 1983 Golden Raspberry Award for Worst Picture "
* At the
45th Academy Awards, Clint Eastwoodpresented Ruddy with the Best Picture Oscar for " The Godfather". Over 30 years later, Eastwood and Ruddy would share a Best Picture Oscars as producers of " Million Dollar Baby".
Canadian pioneers in early Hollywood
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