Producer Michael Kagan Dies at 87
Michael Kagan, the head of production at Cannon Films during its heyday who later produced such films as Air America and Robin Hood: Prince of Thieves, died Nov. 10 of natural causes in London. He was 87.
Kagan was the top production executive from 1982-88 at Cannon, which became a great Hollywood success story after it was purchased by Israeli cousins Menahem Golan and Yoram Globus for $500,000 in 1979.
Also a native of Israel, Kagan served as associate producer on two films directed by British helmer Michael Winner -- the remake of The Wicked Lady (1983), starring Faye Dunaway, Alan Bates and John Gielgud, and Death Wish 3 (1985) – and executive produced Superman IV: The Quest for Peace (1987) during his time at Cannon.
Kagan’s résumé also includes the Agatha Christie tale Ordeal by Innocence (1984), also starring Dunaway; Déjà Vu (1985), starring Jaclyn Smith; Tobe Hooper’s Lifeforce (1985); the Golan-written and -directed Mack the Knife (1989), toplined by Raul Julia and Richard Harris; and The Jungle Book (1994).
Kagan was a supervising producer for one season on the NBC sitcom Nurses, which aired from 1991-94 and was created by Susan Harris. That show was a spinoff of Harris' Empty Nest, itself a spinoff of The Golden Girls.
Survivors include his wife, Kate.