Oscar-nominated producer Hank Moonjean passed away today at his home in the Hollywood Hills after battling pancreatic cancer. He was 82. Among 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 such films as Cool Hand Luke and The Odd Couple. He also was 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 Oscar for Dangerous Liaisons with fellow producer Norma Heyman. In 2008, promising a glimpse into “a raw Hollywood as it was,” he wrote Bring In The Peacocks: Memoirs Of A Hollywood Producer.
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