Sunday, January 25, 2009

RIP Charles H. Schneer


Long time Hollywood producer Charles H. Schneer, who worked with Ray Harryhausen on several films including “Jason and the Argonauts” died in Boca Raton, Florida on January 21. He was 88. Born in 1920 in Norfolk, Virginia and graduated from Columbia University. He started his career in B films at Columbia where he worked on Harryhausen’s “It Came from Beneath the Sea”, Earth vs the Flying Saucers” and “20 Million Miles to Earth”. He convinced Harryhausen to experiment in color film and together they produced their biggest hit of the ‘50s “The 7th Voyage of Sinbad”. Other films followed including “The 3 Worlds of Gulliver”, “Mysterious Island” and “Jason and the Argonauts”.

Schneer then moved to England and continued his career as an independent producer working on “The Executioner” and “Half a Sixpence.” He later reteamed with Harryhausen on the 1968 Spaghetti Western/Sci-Fi film “The Valley of Gwangi”, “The Golden Voyage of Sinbad”, “Sinbad and the Eye of the Tiger” and their final film “Clash of the Titans”. He also produced the 1969 Spaghetti western “Land Raiders” starring Telly Savalas.

Schneer is survived by his wife of 68 years, Shirley, two daughters; three grandchildren and four great grandchildren and a sister.

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