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Gary LucChesi

Gary LucChesi

Gary LucChesi serves as Producer/ President of Lakeshore Entertainment, an independent film company based in Los Angeles . Lucchesi executive produced Million Dollar Baby, which won the Oscar for Best Picture of 2004. Directed by and starring Clint Eastwood, Hilary Swank and Morgan Freeman, the film won Oscars for Eastwood (Director), Swank (Actress) and Freeman (Supporting Actor). Lucchesi also produced the recently released films: Crank 2: High Voltage, starring Jason Statham; Underworld: Rise of the Lycans, which is the third installment of the Underworld franchise; Elegy, directed by Isabel Coixet and starring Penelope Cruz and Sir Ben Kingsley; and Untraceable, directed by Gregory Hoblit and starring Diane Lane. He produced the following soon to be released films: Gamer, starring Gerard Butler directed by Mark Neveldine and Brian Taylor; The Ugly Truth, directed by Robert Luketic and starring Gerard Butler and Katherine Heigl; and Fame, an updated version of the 1980 musical. Fame stars Charles Dutton, Megan Mullally, Bebe Neuwirth, Kelsey Grammer, and Debbie Allen as teachers of a New York performing arts high school.

Lucchesi produced The Dead Girl, which was nominated for three Independent Spirit Awards including Best Feature. The film was directed by Karen Moncrieff with an ensemble cast including Josh Brolin, Toni Collette and James Franco.

Other producing credits include The Last Kis s, starring Zach Braff and Jacinda Barrett, directed by Tony Goldwyn; Crank, starring Jason Statham and Amy Smart; box office smash The Exorcism of Emily Rose; and the first two installments of the Underworld series, both starring Kate Beckinsale. In 2004, Lucchesi produced Wicker Park, directed by Paul McGuigan and starring Josh Hartnett. Prior to that, he produced The Human Stain , based on the Philip Roth novel, directed by Academy Award winner Robert Benton and starring Anthony Hopkins and Nicole Kidman.

Lucchesi's credits with Lakeshore Entertainment include The Mothman Prophesies, starring Richard Gere and Laura Linney; Autumn in New York, starring Gere and Winona Ryder; and Sam Raimi's The Gift, which starred Cate Blanchett. Lucchesi was the executive producer on the box office hit Runaway Bride, starring Julia Roberts and Richard Gere and directed by Garry Marshall.

Lucchesi previously served as president of Gary Lucchesi Productions, an independent production company where he produced Primal Fear, for which Edward Norton was nominated for an Oscar. He also produced the Emmy-nominated Gotti and Breast Men for HBO. In addition, Lucchesi produced the Emmy-winning Showtime movie, Wild Iris.

While president of Andrew Lloyd-Webber's The Really Useful Film Co., Lucchesi executive produced the film version of the musical Cats as well as original feature films and direct-to-video releases of other theatre hits.

Prior to becoming an independent producer, Lucchesi was President of Production at Paramount and oversaw such films as Ghost, Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade, Fatal Attraction, The Hunt for Red October, Coming to America, The Naked Gun, The Godfather: Part III, Star Trek, Black Rain and The Untouchables.

Prior to his tenure at Paramount, Lucchesi worked at TriStar Pictures for four years as both Vice President and Senior Vice President of Production. Lucchesi began his career in Los Angeles as an agent for the William Morris Agency, where he represented such stars as Kevin Costner, Michelle Pfeiffer, Susan Sarandon and John Malkovich.

Note: This profile was written in or before 2009.

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Selected Filmography

The Gift
The Vatican Tapes
Suspect Zero
Jennifer 8
The Boy
Autumn In New York
Wicker Park
Runaway Bride
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