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As producer of some of the most unique films of our time, Fred Roos has worked with many of the film world’s most gifted moviemakers and actors.
His long-term collaboration with Francis Ford Coppola has brought him an Academy Award, for producing Best Picture winner The Godfather Part II. Also with Mr. Coppola, he was again a nominee for producing Apocalypse Now; co-produced two more Best Picture Oscar nominees, The Godfather Part III and The Conversation, the latter of which won the top prize, the Palme d’Or, at the Cannes International Film Festival; and executive-produced another Best Picture Oscar nominee, Sofia Coppola’s Lost in Translation.
Among the other features directed by Francis Coppola on which Mr. Roos has been a producer are One from the Heart, The Outsiders, Rumble Fish, The Cotton Club, Gardens of Stone, Tucker: The Man and His Dream, the “Life Without Zoe” segment of New York Stories, Youth Without Youth, and the recent Tetro.
Mr. Roos’ producing credits also include Jack Nicholson’s Drive, He Said; Carroll Ballard’s The Black Stallion; Wim Wenders’ Hammett; Barbet Schroeder’s Barfly; Agnieszka Holland’s The Secret Garden (1993); Mel Smith’s Radioland Murders; and Sofia Coppola’s The Virgin Suicides and Marie Antoinette, respectively as co-producer and executive producer. He received a CableACE Award, as well as an Emmy Award nomination, as executive producer of the documentary Hearts of Darkness: A Filmmaker’s Apocalypse.
Before he began producing films, Mr. Roos had a notable career as a casting director, on such films as Richard Lester’s Petulia; Michelangelo Antonioni’s Zabriskie Point; George Cukor’s Travels with My Aunt; John Huston’s Fat City; Bob Rafelson’s Five Easy Pieces and The King of Marvin Gardens; Francis Coppola’s The Godfather; and George Lucas’ American Graffiti and Star Wars, as casting consultant on the latter.