Richard Fowkes, Exec VP at Legendary Entertainment, Dies at 66

Richard Fowkes - P 2012

Richard Fowkes - P 2012

He was running business affairs for the company following a long stint at Paramount.

Richard Fowkes, a veteran entertainment executive and the head of business affairs for Legendary Entertainment, died Aug. 16 in Los Angeles after a battle with brain cancer. He was 66.

One of his daughters is Jillian Fowkes, vp/talent for the ID publicity firm.

After receiving his law degree at the National Law Center of George Washington University, Fowkes, a native of Yonkers, N.Y., began his career at the Dramatists Guild as a staff attorney, then joined Paramount’s New York-based legal department. That was followed by two years as a production attorney at United Artists.

He returned to Paramount in 1977 as vp of East Coast legal affairs for the feature film department and Paramount Theatre Productions, then moved to the Paramount studio in Hollywood in 1983 to become senior vp motion picture business and legal affairs.

Fowkes joined Legendary in 2007 as executive vp business affairs.

In addition to Jillian, Fowkes is survived by his wife, Floran; another daughter, Sloane; and his beloved dogs Duffy and Mouse.

A memorial service will be held at 6:30 p.m. on Tuesday, Aug. 28 at Paramount Pictures. Please RSVP to Jillian at so access to the venue can be arranged.

The family suggests that donations be made to the Johnnie L. Cochran Jr. Brain Tumor Center at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center in Los Angeles. Gifts may be made online here. Under “Designation Drop Down,” please choose: Johnnie L. Cochran Jr. Brain Tumor Center.

For donations by mail:

Cedars-Sinai Medical Center
8700 Beverly Blvd., Room 2416
Attn: KC Miller
Los Angeles, CA 90048

Please make checks payable to Cedars-Sinai; indicate “In memory of Richard Owen Fowkes”

Donations by phone: (323) 866-7763