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Avram Butch Kaplan
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Avram Butch Kaplan

Avram Butch Kaplan was born in New York City and received a classical French education from Lycee Francais before moving at age 15 to Israel and attending agricultural high school, where he matriculated in dairy farming. He then subsequently joined the Israeli Defense Forces and served as a paratrooper for three years in the standing army, and later in the reserves.

In 1982, Kaplan entered the film business as the Israeli distributor at CIC (an equivalent to Paramount and Universal in Israel). In 1987, he returned to the United States and began working in production in Los Angeles, going on to produce various television shows including Red Shoe Diaries for Showtime, Strangers for HBO, Allies for CBS and Beyond Belief for Fox.

Kaplan's feature producing credits include The Patriot, directed by Dean Semler for Interlight Pictures; Lawnmower Man 2, directed by Farhad Mann for New Line Cinema; and Lake Consequence. Kaplan also served as line producer/UPM on Buffalo 66, directed by Vincent Gallo for Lion's Gate Films.

It was while producing She's So Lovely, starring John Travolta and Sean Penn, that Kaplan formed a working relationship with John Q. director Nick Cassavetes.

Note: This profile was written in or before 2002.

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