He became the youngest ever studio head at 27 when his father, Darryl F Zanuck
, appointed him head of 20th Century Fox in 1962.
Darryl F Zanuck
lured him to Hollywood and 20th Century Fox, where he directed Marilyn Monroe in one of her first leading roles, as a babysitter in the 1952 movie, Don''t Bother to Knock.
This was the novel that inspired famous producer Darryl F Zanuck
and equally famous director John Ford to make this great film.
Gentleman's Agreement was in fact produced by the only Gentile at the top table, Darryl F Zanuck
, and his main motivation was because the subject, after the war, had become "hot box-office".
He was the son of Darryl F Zanuck
, the boss of 20th Century Fox, who named him head of production at 28 - making him Hollywood's youngest studio boss.
He worked with Darryl F Zanuck
, Alfred Hitchcock, Paul Newman, John Huston, Elia Kazan and, notably, Peter Weir with films like Witness and Dead Poets Society.