Producer Chuck Sloan Dies at 71

A prominent commercial producer for more than three decades died of a heart attack April 4.

Chuck Sloan, a prominent commercial producer for more than three decades, died of a heart attack April 4 while swimming in the British Virgin Islands. He was 71.

After service in the U.S. Army in Germany, Sloan partnered with actor Steve McQueen and built thermoplastic gas tanks for motorcycles. He managed parking lots, nightclubs and musicians and had a three-picture movie deal as an actor for Allied Artists.

Sloan's career in production emerged following a job he took as a propmaster, filling in for his best friend Anthony Mazzola. Within the year, he had moved into producing and was sent to New York to opened the office of the commercial company Wakeford/Orloff.  With the commercial business expanding, Sloan went on to own and operate prominent companies, including the Film Consortium, where he was one of the producers on the 1981 film Roar starring Tippi Hedren and Melanie Griffith.

In 1982, he founded Plum Prods. with director-cameraman Eric Saarinen, and the two worked together for nearly 30 years and represented such directors as Jan de Bont. Plum won a slew of major commercial awards, including the Grand Prix at the Cannes Lions Festival given for achievement in commercial direction.

Sloan's latest businesses include partnering to form the talent agency Reign in 2006.

Sloan is survived by his ex-wife, Holly Goldberg Sloan, and their sons, Max and Calvin, and his sister Alyce Payne, her husband Bill, their sons Chuck and Michael and their children. In lieu of flowers, the family asks that donations in his honor be made to Heal the Bay.