Producer Lloyd Phillips Dies at 63

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Lloyd Phillips, an Academy Award winner who produced such films as Inglourious Basterds and the upcoming Man of Steel, died Friday in Los Angeles after suffering a heart attack, ICM Partners reported. He was 63.

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Born in South Africa and raised in New Zealand, Phillips also produced or executive produced such films as Twelve Monkeys (1995), The Edge (1997), Vertical Limit (2000), Beyond Borders (2003), The Legend of Zorro (2005), The International (2009) and The Tourist (2010). He shot in 16 countries during his career.

In 1981, Phillips became New Zealand’s first Oscar winner when he won for the live-action short The Dollar Bottom. While he spent the past three decades living in Malibu, he never forgot his Kiwi roots and was a staunch advocate of that country’s film industry.

“Lloyd was quite talented in all aspects of filmmaking, which is why he had success both as a creative producer and as a physical line producer,” said Charles Roven, who worked with Phillips on the Superman reboot Man of Steel, The International and Twelve Monkeys. “Our working relationship spanned over 20 years, as did our wonderful, action-packed, sometimes-turbulent-but-never-dull friendship.”

Said Angelina Jolie, who starred in Tourist and Beyond Borders: “Lloyd was a true original, loved by anyone who knew him well. He had a kind heart and a wonderful sense of adventure. His death is a terrible shock and a tremendous loss. He was so full of life that it is impossible to believe he is gone.”

Phillips began his career as a photojournalist, earning him entry into The National Film School in England. In 2009, his work was featured in an exhibit in Berlin. He also published a photo journal from each of the film projects he produced.  

Said Martin Campbell, a fellow New Zealander and the director of Beyond Borders and Vertical Limit: “Not only was Lloyd one of my closest friends, he was also one of the best producers I have ever worked with. His dedication and commitment were second to none. I will miss him terribly."

Phillips is survived by his wife, producer Beau St. Clair, and his sister Avril. A memorial service is being planned. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the Santa Monica-based nonprofit group Inner-City Filmmakers.

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