“I remember Bob Evans‘ charm, good looks, enthusiasm, style, and sense of humor,” said The Godfather director Francis Ford Coppola in a statement Monday. “He had strong instincts as evidenced by the long list of great films in his career.
When I worked with Bob, some of his helpful ideas included suggesting John Marley as Woltz and Sterling Hayden as the Police Captain, and his ultimate realization that ‘The Godfather’ could be 2 hours and 45 minutes in length; also, making a movie out of ‘The Cotton Club’ — casting Richard Gere and Gregory Hines, and bringing Milena Canonero, George Faison, Richard Sylbert, and many other talented people to work on the film. May the kid always stay in the picture.”
Tweeted Brett Morgen, who directed the film version of Evans’ The Kid Stays In the Picture memoir, “Bob Evans produced some of the greatest films of all time, but the greatest production of all, was his life.”
Dana Brunetti, producer of The Social Network, wrote, “One of the best story tellers this business ever had. He and his story was the driving force for me to pursue producing.”
Actress Ali MacGraw, married to Evans from 1969 to 1972, said in a statement, “Our Son Joshua and I will miss Bob tremendously and we are so very proud of his enormous contribution to the Film Industry. He will be remembered as a Giant.”
Here is a sampling of remembrances of Evans. Deadline will update as warranted…