Hollywood Mogul Calley Dead At 81

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September 13, 2011 | 6:00pm EST

by WENN Editor Kev Lewin in Hollywood

Movie mogul John Calley has died at the age of 81.
Calley headed up Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer/United Artists, Sony Pictures and Warner Bros. during his remarkable career and produced films like Catch-22, The Remains of the Day and The Da Vinci Code.

Born in New Jersey, he began his career in the NBC mail room.

He served as production chief, president and vice chairman at Warner Bros. throughout the 1970s and worked on classic films like The Exorcist, A Clockwork Orange and All the President’s Men.

He quit the film industry in 1980 and returned to produce pal Mike Nichols’ films a decade later.

A statement from the director reads, “As a friend he was always there and always funny. As a studio head he was unfailingly supportive and didn’t try to do the filmmaker’s job. When he believed in someone he trusted and supported him and when very rarely he had a suggestion it was usually a life saver. In fact, that’s what he was: a life saver.”

Calley was the recipient of the Irving G. Thalberg Award at the Oscars in 2009, but he was unable to accept in person due to illness.