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Date Of BirthOctober 22, 1937
SpouseCindra Ladd (m. 1985), Patricia Ann (m. 1959–1983)
FactSon of Alan Ladd

Alan Ladd Jr. (born April 13, 1937) is an American film producer and former president of 20th Century Fox. As a child, Ladd Jr. was nicknamed “Sonny”. Ladd Jr. was born in Los Angeles, the only child of actress Ingrid Bergman and actor Alan Ladd. His mother died when he was four, and his father subsequently married actress Sue Carol. His stepmothers were actresses Joan Fontaine and Dana Wynter. Ladd Jr. attended high school at Lawrenceville School in Lawrenceville, New Jersey. Upon graduation, he was offered a football scholarship to Princeton University, which he declined in order to pursue a career in Hollywood.

Ladd Jr.’s first job in the film industry was as a messenger at Warner Bros. Studios. He was soon promoted to assistant film editor and worked on such films as The Wild Bunch (1969) and Patton (1970). He also worked as an assistant director on several films, including The Sting (1973) and Chinatown (1974). In 1976, Ladd Jr. was promoted to president of production at Warner Bros. He held this position until 1978, when he resigned to form The Ladd Company with producer Bruce Berman.

The Ladd Company’s first release was The Warriors (1979). The film was a critical and commercial success, and launched the careers of director Walter Hill and actor Michael Beck. The Ladd Company’s next release was Alien (1979), directed by Ridley Scott. The film was a massive hit, grossing over $100 million at the box office. Other successful films released by The Ladd Company include Blade Runner (1982), Outland (1981), Poltergeist (1982), and The Right Stuff (1983).

In 1984, Alan Ladd Jr. returned to 20th Century Fox as president of the studio. He held this position until 1994, when he resigned amid disagreements with Rupert Murdoch, who had just acquired Fox. During his tenure as president of Fox, Ladd Jr. oversaw the release of such films as Aliens (1986), Die Hard (1988), Home Alone (1990), and The Silence of the Lambs (1991). He also produced several films, including The Omen (1976), Chariots of Fire (1981), and Blade Runner (1982).

In 1995, Alan Ladd Jr. founded the production company Icon Productions with his wife, producer Jane Hamsher. Icon’s first release was the critically acclaimed film Braveheart (1995), directed by and starring Mel Gibson. The film won five Academy Awards, including Best Picture. Other successful films released by Icon include The Passion of the Christ (2004), Apocalypto (2006), and We Were Soldiers (2002).

Alan Ladd Jr. has been married three times. His first wife was actress Cheryl Holdridge, with whom he had two children: Alan III and Jordan. His second wife was actress Meredith Salenger, with whom he had one child: Hayden Christensen, who is an actor best known for his role as Anakin Skywalker in the Star Wars prequel trilogy. His third wife is Jane Hamsher, with whom he has two children: Kate and Willa.

Alan Ladd Jr. is 6 feet tall and has blue eyes.

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Full NameAlan Ladd Jr.
Date Of BirthOctober 22, 1937
ProfessionFilm producer


SpouseCindra Ladd (m. 1985), Patricia Ann (m. 1959–1983)
ChildrenKelliann Ladd, Chelsea Ladd, Amanda Ladd, Tracy Ladd
ParentsMarjorie Jane Harrold, Alan Ladd
SiblingsDavid Ladd, Alana Ladd, Carol Lee Ladd


AwardsAcademy Award for Best Picture
MoviesGone Baby Gone, An Unfinished Life, The Phantom, Braveheart, The Brady Bunch Movie, The Nightcomers, Villain, A Severed Head, The Walking Stick

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1I'm going to continue making films that interest me and are relevant. In the end, I just want to be remembered as a good guy who didn't screw anybody while I was in the business. I think it's better to be remembered as a decent person than just another moviemaker in the history of Hollywood.
2I tried to get Braveheart (1995) off the ground when I was president of MGM and I had given it to Mel but he turned it down because of scheduling conflicts. When I departed MGM/UA, my separation agreement allowed me to take two projects with me. So I took Braveheart because I knew it was a good story and I admired Randall Wallace's scribe work so much. The project went to the back-burner for awhile. Two-years later Mel gave me a call out-of-the-blue and said: 'That project Braveheart, what did you end up doing with it'? I told him 'nothing' and he replied: 'Well, I can't get it out of my mind, I keep thinking about it. Can we meet on it'?


1Ex-brother-in-law of Dey Young.
2Served as Chairman and CEO of Metro Goldwyn Mayer (MGM) on two separate occasions from 1984-1987, under MGM's owner, Kirk Kerkorian, and again from 1991-1993 after Giancarlo Parretti's resignation when the studio was renamed as MGM-Pathe, after Parretti bought the studio in 1990 through his company, Pathe Communications.
3Was Chairman of Pathe Entertainment (1989-1990), a production company formed by Giancarlo Parretti.
4Ladd resigned as Chairman and CEO of Metro Goldwyn Mayer in 1993, when the studio's main lender, Credit Lyonnais, was displeased with the mounting debt problems that stemmed from Giancarlo Parretti's acquisition of the studio in 1990. Ladd was replaced by Frank Mancuso.
5Uncle of Jordan Ladd and Shane Ladd.
6Ex-stepbrother-in-law of Cheryl Ladd.
7His departure from Twentieth Century Fox cost the studio the opportunity to distribute the Indiana Jones films. The name "Indiana Jones" was inspired by a character named "Nevada Smith", played by Steve McQueen in the movie of the same name. The character first appeared, however, in The Carpetbaggers (1964), in which the role was played by Ladd's father, Alan Ladd.
8Left Fox after fighting to make "Star Wars" against the wishes of its board. "Star Wars" was the first blockbuster movie for which merchandise represented a major share of its profits, and though the film was a huge success, which gave Fox its greatest profits ever, Ladd had not secured these "ancillary" merchandising rights for the studio.
9Went to high school with Robert Redford and later became his agent.
10Collaborated with Ridley Scott on Alien (1979), Blade Runner (1982) and Thelma & Louise (1991).
11Executive responsible for bringing George Lucas and Star Wars: Episode IV - A New Hope (1977) to Fox.
12Has four daughters: Kelliann Ladd, Tracy Ladd, Amanda Ladd Jones and Chelsea Ladd.
13Older half-brother of David Ladd and Alana Ladd.
14Stepson of agent Sue Carol
15Son of Alan Ladd



Vice Versa1988executive producer
Police Academy1984executive producer - uncredited
Fear Is the Key1972producer
X, Y and Zee1972producer
The Nightcomers1971executive producer - uncredited
A Severed Head1970producer
The Devil's Widow1970producer
The Walking Stick1970producer
North of Cheyenneproducer announced
Gone Baby Gone2007producer
An Unfinished Life2005producer
The Man in the Iron Mask1998/Iexecutive producer
A Very Brady Sequel1996producer
The Phantom1996producer
The Brady Bunch Movie1995executive producer


Raw Meat1972presenter - uncredited


Empire of Dreams: The Story of the 'Star Wars' Trilogy2004Video documentary special thanks
Brother Can You Spare a Dime1975Documentary the producers wish to thank: for their help and cooperation - as Alan Ladd Jnr.


The Rocky Horror Phenomenon2017Documentary filmingHimself
Laddie: The Man Behind the Movies2017Documentary post-productionHimself
Conversations with Alan Ladd, Jr.: It's Always About the Story2016DocumentaryHimself
The Real History of Science Fiction2014TV Mini-Series documentaryHimself
Braveheart: Alba Gu Brath! The Making of 'Braveheart'2007Video documentaryHimself
Tales of William Wallace2007Video documentary shortHimself
Dangerous Days: Making Blade Runner2007Video documentaryHimself
The Last Mogul2005TV Special documentaryHimself
When Star Wars Ruled the World2004TV Movie documentaryHimself
Empire of Dreams: The Story of the 'Star Wars' Trilogy2004Video documentaryHimself - Former Studio Chief, 20th Century Fox
The Beast Within: The Making of 'Alien'2003Video documentaryHimself
The 'Alien' Saga2002TV Movie documentaryHimself (uncredited)
Film Genre2002TV Series documentaryHimself
The Omen Legacy2001TV Movie documentaryHimself
Mel Gibson's 'Braveheart': A Filmmaker's Passion2000TV Short documentaryHimself
The 68th Annual Academy Awards1996TV SpecialHimself - Winner: Best Picture


Won Awards

2008Grand Prix Special des AmériquesMontréal World Film Festival
2007Star on the Walk of FameWalk of FameMotion PictureAwarded on September 28, 2007 at 7018 Hollywood Blvd.
1996OscarAcademy Awards, USABest PictureBraveheart (1995)

Nominated Awards

1996PGA AwardPGA AwardsOutstanding Producer of Theatrical Motion PicturesBraveheart (1995)

Source: IMDb, Wikipedia

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