“John Thompson was my friend and collaborator for 38 years,” Davidson said in a statement. “He was a brilliant producer, full of vision and creativity. As our head of production, he was loved and respected by the whole Millennium family, by the crews and by the talent. John’s passing is a colossal personal loss for all of us.”
Thompson was born in Pittsburgh, and began his career as a line producer on X-Ray (1981), directed by Davidson, for Yoram Globus and Menahem Golan’s The Cannon Group. He spent a decade at the company, where he worked on such films as Lina Wertmuller’s Camorra (1985), Franco Zeffirelli’s Otello (1986), Giuseppe Tornatore’s Everybody’s Fine (1990), and The Comfort of Strangers (1990).