|Birth: ||Apr. 11, 1949|
|Death: ||Jan. 24, 2011|
BERLIN (AP) - German movie producer, director and screenplay writer Bernd Eichinger, who produced well-known films "The Neverending Story" and "Downfall," has died. He was 61.
Film production firm Constantin Film AG said in a statement Tuesday that Eichinger suffered a deadly heart attack Monday night during a dinner with family and friends in Los Angeles.
One of Eichinger's recent successful productions was "Downfall," for which he also wrote the screenplay. The movie depicts the last days of Nazi Germany in Adolf Hitler's bunker and was nominated for an Academy Award in 2005.
Eichinger was a major Constantin shareholder and one of the firm's leading executives.
He also produced "The Name of the Rose" and "The House of the Spirits."
Eichinger was born in Neuburg an der Donau. He attended the University of Television and Film Munich in the 1970s, and bought a stake in the fledgling studio company Neue Constantin Film in 1979, becoming its executive director. Under his leadership, Constantin Film evolved into one of the most successful German film businesses. As of 2005, he was chairman of the supervisory board and still owned a substantial stake in the company. Eichinger also produced some movies independently (for example Downfall). Eichinger's last film was about the left-wing terrorist group Red Army Faction (RAF) based on the book Der Baader Meinhof Komplex ("The Baader-Meinhof Complex") by Stefan Aust.
Eichinger died of a heart attack in Los Angeles on 24 January 2011 at the age of 61.
Bavaria (Bayern), Germany
Created by: Carol Bestick
Record added: Jan 26, 2011
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