Oscar nominated producer Hank Moonjean passed away today. His cause of death was pancreatic cancer. Age 82, Moonjean died in his home in the Hollywood Hills. One of the most well liked people in Hollywood, Moonjean’s career started in 1955 as an uncredited Assistant Director on Blackboard Jungle. He went on to be an assistant director on films such as Cool Hand Luke and The Odd Couple. An Associate Producer on 1974’s The Great Gatsby, Moonjean went on to be a producer on Hal Needham-directed Burt Reynolds films like 1978′s Hooper, 1980′s Smokey and the Bandit II and 1981′s Stroker Ace. He also produced the Reynolds-directed Sharkey’s Machine in 1981. In 1988, Moonjean was nominated for a Best Picture Academy Award for Dangerous Liaisons with fellow producer Norma Heyman. In 2008, promising glimpse into “a raw Hollywood as it was,” Moonjean wrote Bring In The Peacocks: Memoirs of a Hollywood Producer.
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