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Saul Zaentz was born on the 28th February 1921, in Passaic, New Jersey USA, of part Jewish ancestry, and was a film producer who is best known for being a three-time Academy Award winner, and for his work on “One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest” (1975), “Amadeus” (1984), “The Unbearable Lightness of Being” (1988) as well as on “The English Patient” (1996). He passed away in 2014.

Have you ever wondered how much wealth this veteran of the moviemaking industry accumulated for life? How rich would Saul Zaentz be today? According to sources, it is estimated that the total of Saul Zaentz’s net worth, as of early 2017, would be over $30 million, gathered through his career as a film producer which was active between 1975 and 2006.

Saul Zaentz Net Worth $30 million

After attending William B. Cruz Memorial School No. 11 in his home town, Saul joined the US Army in their World War II operations. Upon finishing his military service, he enrolled at Rutgers University. Later he discovered his interest in music, and began working for Norman Ganz, a chairman of a record company and creator of Jazz at the Philharmonic programs. In 1955 Zaentz associated with Fantasy Records and in 1967 he became one of its co-owners and soon after provided a record contract for rock band Creedence Clearwater Revival. These engagements provided the basis for Saul Zaentz’s net worth.

In the early 1970 he became interested in producing motion pictures after seeing the stage play adaptation of Ken Kesey’s novel “One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest”. This led him to eventually co-producing the eponymous 1975 Miloš Forman’s movie adaptation which featured Jack Nicholson and Louise Fletcher in the leading roles. For this involvement, Zaentz was rewarded with an Oscar for Best Picture.

In 1977, Zaentz produced Keith Merrill’s western drama “Three Warriors”, before producing an eponymous animated adaptation of J. R. R. Tolkien’s trilogy “The Lord of The Rings” in 1978. In 1980, Saul founded his own production company – The Saul Zaentz Film Center (later rebranded to The Saul Zaentz Company). As an avid reader, he preferred producing and adapting novels into movies, rather than original scripts and screenplays. In 1984, he collaborated with Forman again and produced “Amadeus”, a biographical drama about one of the most influential composers of the Classical era – Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart. This engagement, apart from earning him another Academy Award for Best Picture, also dramatically increased the size of Saul Zaentz’s wealth.

In the course of the next decade, Zaentz produced several more motion pictures, all based on novels including, apart from those already mentioned above, “The Mosquito Coast” (1986) and “At Play in the Fields of the Lord” (1991). In 1996, Saul won his third Oscar for Best Picture for producing the romantic war drama “The English Patient” starring Ralph Fiennes, Willem Dafoe and Juliette Binoche in the leading roles. Zaentz’s last work, and an exception from his “rule”, was another Forman motion picture, the 2006 biographical drama about the famous Spanish painter Francisco Goya named “Goya’s Ghosts”. Doubtlessly, all these achievements left a positive impact on the total amount of Saul Zaentz’s net worth.

When it comes to his personal life, Saul Zaentz was married twice. Between 1960 and 1975 he was married to Charlie Mingus’ ex- wife Celia, with whom Saul had four children. He later married Lynda Redfield, but that marriage also ended with divorce several years later. He passed away at the age of 92, on the 3rd January 2014, in San Francisco, California, due to complications caused by Alzheimer’s disease.

Apart from his career in the moviemaking industry, Saul Zaentz was regularly active in various charity causes, including his own The Saul Zaentz Charitable Foundation which he created in 1997.


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Producer

Producer

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Goya's Ghosts 2006 producer
The English Patient 1996 producer
At Play in the Fields of the Lord 1991 producer
The Unbearable Lightness of Being 1988 producer
The Mosquito Coast 1986 executive producer
Amadeus 1984 producer
The Lord of the Rings 1978 producer
Three Warriors 1977 producer
One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest 1975 producer

Sound Department

Sound Department

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Independent Lens 2006 TV Series documentary sound mixer - 1 episode
The Rise and Fall of Jim Crow 2002 TV Series documentary sound mixer - 4 episodes
Kid 1993 Short sound: provider

Actor

Actor

TitleYearStatusCharacter
The Ride 2008 Short Special Appearance as Himself
One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest 1975 Captain on Shore (uncredited)

Miscellaneous

Miscellaneous

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Visions of Light 1992 Documentary archive source
Amadeus 1984 supervisor - 2002 director's cut

Thanks

Thanks

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Edición Especial Coleccionista 2014 TV Series in memory of - 1 episode
Jambareeqi Reviews 2014 TV Series in memory of - 1 episode
Fog City Mavericks 2007 Documentary special thanks
Murch: Walter Murch on Editing 2007 Documentary many thanks
The Ballad of Jack and Rose 2005 thanks
A Home at the End of the World 2004 special thanks
The Making of 'Amadeus' 2002 Video documentary thanks
Completely Cuckoo 1997 Video documentary special thanks
In the Shadow of the Stars 1991 Documentary special thanks

Self

Self

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Milos Forman: Co te nezabije... 2009 Documentary Himself
Fog City Mavericks 2007 Documentary Himself
Emotional History: The Making of 'The Unbearable Lightness of Being' 2006 Video documentary short Himself
HypaSpace 2005 TV Series documentary Himself
The Making of 'Amadeus' 2002 Video documentary Himself - Producer
The South Bank Show 1998 TV Series documentary Himself
Completely Cuckoo 1997 Video documentary Himself
The 69th Annual Academy Awards 1997 TV Special Himself - Winner: Thalberg Award and Best Picture
The 57th Annual Academy Awards 1985 TV Special documentary Himself - Winner: Best Picture
The 42nd Annual Golden Globe Awards 1985 TV Special Himself - Winner: Best Motion Picture Drama
TVTV Looks at the Academy Awards 1976 TV Special documentary Himself
The 48th Annual Academy Awards 1976 TV Special Himself - Winner: Best Picture

Archive Footage

Archive Footage

TitleYearStatusCharacter
The 86th Annual Academy Awards 2014 TV Special Himself - Producer (In Memoriam)
... A Father... A Son... Once Upon a Time in Hollywood 2005 TV Movie documentary Himself
Hello, He Lied & Other Truths from the Hollywood Trenches 2002 TV Movie documentary Himself (uncredited)

Won awards

Won awards

YearAwardCeremonyNominationMovieAward shared with
2005 Special Achievement Award National Board of Review, USA For producing.
2004 Lifetime Achievement Award Film by the Sea International Film Festival
2003 Academy Fellowship BAFTA Awards
1998 Golden Eddie Filmmaker of the Year Award American Cinema Editors, USA
1998 Special Prize for Outstanding Contribution to World Cinema Karlovy Vary International Film Festival
1997 Oscar Academy Awards, USA Best Picture The English Patient (1996)
1997 Irving G. Thalberg Memorial Award Academy Awards, USA
1997 BAFTA Film Award BAFTA Awards Best Film The English Patient (1996) · Anthony Minghella
1997 OFTA Film Award Online Film & Television Association Best Picture The English Patient (1996)
1997 OFTA Film Award Online Film & Television Association Best Drama Picture The English Patient (1996)
1997 PGA Award PGA Awards Outstanding Producer of Theatrical Motion Pictures The English Patient (1996)
1997 Vision Award PGA Awards Theatrical Motion Pictures The English Patient (1996)
1994 Lifetime Achievement Award in Motion Pictures PGA Awards
1985 Oscar Academy Awards, USA Best Picture Amadeus (1984)
1976 Oscar Academy Awards, USA Best Picture One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest (1975) · Michael Douglas

Nominated awards

Nominated awards

YearAwardCeremonyNominationMovieAward shared with
1997 Best Foreign Film Award Australian Film Institute The English Patient (1996)
1997 European Film Award European Film Awards European Film of the Year The English Patient (1996)
1997 Golden Satellite Award Satellite Awards Best Motion Picture, Drama The English Patient (1996)
1986 BAFTA Film Award BAFTA Awards Best Film Amadeus (1984) · Milos Forman


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