'Santa Clause' Producer Brian Reilly Dies at 65

He worked with actor Tim Allen on six films, including the three holiday pics.

Producer Brian Reilly, who partnered with actor Tim Allen on six films, including the three Santa Clause holiday comedies at Disney, died Sept. 1 of cancer at his home in the Los Angeles area. He was 65.

In addition to producing The Santa Clause (1994), The Santa Clause 2 (2002) and The Santa Clause 3: The Escape Clause (2006), Reilly worked with Allen on Jungle 2 Jungle (1997), Joe Somebody (2001) and Crazy on the Outside (2010).

“Tim just loved working with him,” said Reilly’s wife, writer-director Barra Grant. “Brian was a creative producer who contributed to every aspect of each film, from script through to the final cut. He always there to support what was best for the film.”

Reilly’s first movie producing gig came on Don’t Tell Mom the Babysitter’s Dead (1991), starring Christina Applegate.

He later served as an executive producer on Don Juan DeMarco (1994), starring Johnny Depp and Marlon Brando, and the gorilla adventure Born to Be Wild (1995). And Reilly produced two films that were written and directed by Grant: Life of the Party (2005) and Love Hurts (2009).

In addition to Grant, Reilly is survived by his daughter, Samantha.