Nick Raynes, Grandson of Former 20th Century Fox Owner Marvin Davis, Dies at 33

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Nick Raynes

A nephew of filmmaker John Davis, he was said to be producing a biopic of jazz legend Miles Davis that was to be directed by George Tillman, Jr.

Nick Raynes, a grandson of former 20th Century Fox owner Marvin Davis and a nephew of producer John Davis, died Friday morning in New York City, The Hollywood Reporter has confirmed. He was 33.

Raynes, a movie producer and actor who worked on short films and documentaries, was found unresponsive in a residence on East 65th Street in Manhattan, a NYPD officer told THR. No foul play is suspected, and a medical examiner did not reveal a cause of death.

Raynes was said to be producing a biopic of jazz legend Miles Davis.

Marvin Davis was the Denver oilman who bought Fox in 1981 and sold it four years later to Rupert Murdoch for a profit reported to be more than $300 million. The billionaire also owned the Beverly Hills Hotel and the Pebble Beach golf course around that time

He and his wife Barbara — the founder of the star-studded Carousel of Hope Ball, which funds Type 1 diabetes treatment and research — were married from July 1951 until his death in September 2004, when Forbes estimated his fortune at $5.8 billion.

Raynes was one of the Davis' 16 grandchildren.

 

He also was one of three children of Patricia Raynes and New York real-estate developer Martin Raynes. (Tennis star Vitas Gerulaitis died in a bungalow on his parents' estate in Southampton, New York, in 1994.)

One of Raynes' uncles — Patricia's brother — is John Davis, the producer behind such films as The Firm, Waterworld, Predator and I, Robot.

Actor Matthew Modine, who worked with Raynes on a 2008 short film titled I Think I Thought, remembered Raynes on Friday on Twitter: "Devastated. #NickRaynes — this man loved artists more than anyone I’ve ever met. A champion of love, peace and forgiveness."

Friend and fellow producer Noel Ashman also remembered Raynes on social media, posting a tribute to Instagram alongside a photo of them together. "It is with tears in my eyes & extreme sadness that I have to say goodbye to my old friend of almost 20 years #nickraynes, who passed away last night," Ashman wrote. "I am in complete shock ..nick was 1 of the kindest most loyal people I have ever known & I will miss him terribly..nick thank u for always being there for me I will never forget u..till we meet again love u..ur friend always noel #rip."

Mike Barnes contributed to this report.