Ronald Schwary, best known for producing the 1980s drama and the Oscar winning film Ordinary People and other acclaimed films including A soldier’s story, Absence of Malice, Scent of a Woman and Tootsie has died at the age of 76 due to a rare neurological autonomic disorder.
His two sons announced the news and said,’ Over the years, he fought hard to be the best version of himself that he could be, still constantly joking and laughing no matter how hard the day was. His zest for life still remained through the trial and tribulations of his disease’.
He had produced six feature films directed by Sydney Pollack including the best picture nominee Tootsie(1982) and the remake of Sabrina(1995). He also produced a Rolling Stone 1982 concert documentary,’Let’s Spend the Night Together’.
In a 2012 interview he said,’I like to do films that make you think. My films, you walk out of the theatre and you can actually talk about’.
Schwary was nominated for another best picture for his work on Norman Jewison’s A soldier’s Story(1984), starring Howard E. Rollins Jr. It was adapted from an off-broadway play about racism in the US Army during World War II but lost out on Oscar night to Amadeus.
He is known for mentoring the big names including Schindler’s List producer Gerald R. Molen, actors Kate Mara and Eric Close, Supergirl producer Jessica Queller and Film and T V producers/executives Jen Roskind and Laurie Seidman.