David Foster, Producer of 'The Getaway' and 'The Thing,' Dies at 90

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The prolific movie producer's credits also include 'McCabe and Mrs. Miller,' 'Short Circuit' and 'The River Wild.'

David Foster, the prolific movie producer of such films as The Getaway, McCabe and Mrs. Miller and John Carpenter's The Thing, died Monday in Los Angeles. He was 90.

Foster lived "a full life and was extremely proud of his 60-year journey in the entertainment industry," said his son Gary Foster, a producer.

Born in 1929 in the Bronx, Foster had an entertainment career that spanned six decades and included more than 30 films. Before becoming a producer, he was a publicist representing such talent as Steve McQueen, Peter Sellers, Richard Attenborough, Shirley MacLaine, Andy Williams, James Coburn and Sonny & Cher. He worked at Rogers & Cowan and then as a partner at Allan, Foster Ingersoll and Weber from 1960 to 1968.

In 1968, the first film he produced, with partner Mitchell Brower, was Robert Altman's McCabe and Mrs. Miller, starring Warren Beatty and Julie Christie. He followed that with McQueen’s 1971 hit The Getaway.

In 1974, he formed a company with Larry Turman, and their first collaboration was The Drowning Pool (1975), starring Paul Newman and Joanne Woodward. Their partnership lasted 20 years, and Foster continued working into the 2000s.

His feature credits also include Caveman (1981); Short Circuit (1986) and its 1988 sequel; The Thing films released in 1982 and 2011; The River Wild (1994); The Mask of Zorro (1998); Hart’s War (2002); and Collateral Damage (2002).

Foster is survived by his wife, Jackie Pattiz, and their sons Gary, Tim and Greg, a former Imax CEO; daughters-in-law Lisa and Marci; and grandchildren Daryn, Drew, Kayla, Jackson and Lucas. 

His funeral will be held at Hillside Memorial Park in Culver City at 11 a.m. on Jan. 2. The family asks that donations be made to the Los Angeles Jewish Home.