LOS ANGELES (CelebrityAccess) Arnold Kopelson, 83, Oscar-winning producer of “Platoon” and “The Fugitive” and former longtime CBS board member died at his home in Beverly Hills, Calif., Oct. 8.
Kopelson died of natural causes after battling age-related health issues, wife Anne Kopelson told the Los Angeles Times.
Kopelson also produced “Se7en,” “The Devil’s Advocate” and “U.S. Marshals,” among other films and got his break with 1982’s raunchy “Porky’s,” turning his $20,000 investment into $2 million, according to the Times. That led to movies like “Triumph Of The Spirit,” “Falling Down” and “Outbreak.”
Arnold and Anne worked together through the years, and learned that thrillers and action films translated to foreign markets better than comedies, the Times said.
Kopelson’s name recently materialized in a controversy involving Sumner Redstone when Kopelson’s video of the 95-year-old CBS chairman became part of a legal debate of Redstone’s mental capacity. He also made headlines by suggesting to Kathy Griffin that she apologize to President Donald Trump for holding up an effigy of his bloody head, saying “If you don’t do exactly what I have written, your career is over,” as noted by Deadline Hollywood.