Anthony Rhulen, Producer of 'The Butterfly Effect,' Dies at 51

Anthony Rhulen
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Anthony Rhulen with then-wife Ashley Scott in 2006

His additional credits include 'The Rum Diary' and 'The Cleaner,' which Rhulen produced under his Film Engine banner.

Anthony Rhulen, a producer known for The Butterfly Effect, died on Jan.15 according to a report in The Times Herald-Record. He was 51.

The newspaper noted that he passed away in Pasadena from reasons relating to addiction.

Rhulen was born in 1969 in Monticello, New York, and began his working life in insurance before starting a producing career in 2001 with the romantic thriller O starring Josh Hartnett and Julia Stiles.

He went on to found the company Film Engine, which financed and produced thirteen films including The Butterfly Effect (and its sequel), The Rum Diary, The Cleaner and Killing Season.

In 2010, Rhulen received the Dream Award by Hollywood Arts in recognition of his work with homeless youth.

Rhulen is remembered for his generous nature and kind heart. He is survived by his mother Judy; siblings Erik, Harry and Suzy, along with nieces, nephews, cousins, and his former wife, actress Ashley Scott.

Donations may be made to the charity of ones choice, or the Trevor Loughlin Foundation. At a later time, a memorial service will be held in honor of Rhulen's life.