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Albert S. Ruddy

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The Resume

    (March 28, 1930-May 25, 2024)
    Born in Montreal, Quebec, Canada
    Produced two winners of the Academy Award for Best Picture, ‘The Godfather’ (1972) and ‘Million Dollar Baby’ (2004)
    Also produced the films ‘Little Fauss and Big Halsy’ (1970), ‘Making It’ (1971), ‘The Longest Yard’ (1974), ‘Matilda’ (1978), ‘Cannonball Run’ (1981), ‘Megaforce’ (1982), ‘Cannonball Run II’ (1984), ‘Ladybugs’ (1992), ‘Bad Girls’ (1994), and ‘Cry Macho’ (2021)
    Co-creator of the TV series Hogan’s Heroes and Walker, Texas Ranger
    Portrayed by Miles Teller in the miniseries ‘The Offer’ (2022)

Why he might be annoying:

    His first film experience was designing a not very convincing monster for the Roger Corman-Samuel Z. Arkoff coproduction ‘The Beast with a Million Eyes.’ (In his defense, his budget was $50, which even in 1955 didn’t buy a whole lot of monster.)
    When approached about producing ‘The Godfather,’ he replied, ‘Of course. I love that book,’ but later admitted he had not read it.
    He held secret meetings with mobster Joe Colombo to keep the Mafia from disrupting filming of ‘The Godfather.’
    He spent years trying to make a film of ‘Atlas Shrugged,’ which foundered over Ayn Rand’s insistence that she receive not just script approval but approval over the final cut.
    He was nominated for back-to-back Golden Raspberry Awards for Worst Picture for ‘Megaforce’ and ‘Cannonball Run II.’

Why he might not be annoying:

    He acted out an entire episode of ‘Hogan’s Heroes’ – including the sound effects – to convince CBS head William S. Paley to greenlight the series.
    He got Colombo’s approval for ‘The Godfather’ by removing a single use of the word ‘mafia’ from the script and making a donation to the Italian-American Anti-Defamation League.
    He backed Francis Ford Coppola’s decision to cast Al Pacino as Michael Corleone in ‘The Godfather’ despite studio pressure to hire an established star, such as Warren Beatty or Robert Redford.
    In 1973, Clint Eastwood presented him the Best Picture Oscar for ‘The Godfather’; in 2005, he and Eastwood jointly accepted the Best Picture Oscar as co-producers of ‘Million Dollar Baby.’
    He said, ‘Show me a relaxed producer, and I’ll show you a failure.’

Credit: C. Fishel


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Year In Review:

    For 2024, as of last weekly ranking, Out of 73 Votes: 86.30% Annoying