Oscar-winning Titanic and Avatar producer, Jon Landau, dies at 63
Landau's (in pic) partnership with Cameron resulted in three Oscar nominations and a Best Picture win for 1997's "Titanic." Together, they produced major blockbusters like "Avatar" and its sequel, "Avatar: The Way of Water" | File photo: Wikimedia Commons

Oscar-winning 'Titanic' and 'Avatar' producer, Jon Landau, dies at 63

Oscar-winning producer Jon Landau dies at 63, leaving an indelible mark on Hollywood

Jon Landau, the Oscar-winning producer known for his close collaboration with director James Cameron on Titanic and the Avatar series, has passed away at the age of 63.

Alan Bergman, Disney Entertainment co-chairman, announced Landau's death in a statement on Saturday (July 6). No cause of death was given.

“Jon was a visionary whose extraordinary talent and passion brought some of the most unforgettable stories to life on the big screen. His remarkable contributions to the film industry have left an indelible mark, and he will be profoundly missed. He was an iconic and successful producer yet an even better person and a true force of nature who inspired all around him,” Bergman said.

Landau's partnership with Cameron led to three Oscar nominations and a best picture win for 1997's Titanic. Together the pair account for some of the biggest blockbusters in movie history, including Avatar and its sequel, Avatar: The Way of Water.

Landau's career began in the 1980s as a production manager, and he gradually rose through the ranks until taking on a producer role on Titanic, Cameron's expensive epic about the infamous disaster. The bet paid off: Titanic became the first movie to cross USD 1 billion in global box-office earnings and went on to win 11 Oscars, including best picture.

“I can't act and I can't compose and I can't do visual effects. I guess that's why I'm producing.” Landau said while accepting the award with Cameron.

(With inputs from agencies)

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