Production Manager John J. Smith Dies at 69

John J. Smith - P 2013
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He worked on such films as "To Live and Die in L.A.," "Sister Act" and "Waterworld."

John J. Smith, a production manager on such films as To Live and Die in L.A., Sister Act and Waterworld, died Tuesday of pulmonary fibrosis at his home in Northridge, Calif. He was 69.

Smith, who also served as a line producer and assistant director during his 20-year-plus career, started out on the horror film Satan's Mistress (1982), starring Britt Eklund.

Other movies listed on his vast résumé are Mannequin (1987), Dutch (1991), The Thing Called Love (1993), Grumpier Old Men (1995), Red Corner (1997) and Windtalkers (2002).

Survivors include Jo Ann, his wife of 45 years; sons John, Mark, Stephen and Paul; brother Paul; sisters Marian, Jackie and Shirley Ann; and six grandchildren.

His son John heads the internal awards office at Disney Studios in Burbank.