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Saul Zaentz
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    (February 28, 1921-January 3, 2014)
    Born in Passaic, New Jersey
    Owned Fantasy Records (1967-2005)
    Owned the Saul Zaentz Film Center (1980-2007)
    Owner of Tolkein Enterprises which controls film rights to 'The Lord of the Rings' and 'The Hobbit'
    Produced the films 'One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest' (1975), 'Three Warriors' (1978), 'The Lord of the Rings' (1978), 'Amadeus' (1984), 'The Unbearable Lightness of Being' (1988), 'At Play in the Fields of the Lord' (1991), 'The English Patient' (1996) and 'Goya's Ghosts' (2006)
    In his 20s, he made his living as a full-time gambler.
    He feuded repeatedly with John Fogerty over Fantasy Record's ownership of the publishing rights for Creedence Clearwater Revival songs.
    Fogerty wrote 'Vanz Can't Dance' and 'Mr. Greed' about him.
    He unsuccessfully sued Fogerty for plagiarism, claiming Fogerty's solo song 'The Old Man Down the Road' was lifted from Fogerty's CCR-era song 'Run Through the Jungle.'
    He was in a long-running dispute with New Line Films over profits from the 'Lord of the Rings' trilogy, which has been one of the factors delaying the production of a 'Hobbit' film.
    At Fantasy, he kept thousands of important jazz titles in print despite modest sales.
    The New York Times called him 'perhaps the last of the great independent producers.'
    Three of the films he produced won the Oscar for Best Picture.
    He said that after his first Oscar win, 'We had the great distinction of being known as those assholes out of Berkeley. Then, after Amadeus, it was those lucky assholes out of Berkeley.'

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