How Craig Zadan Died: Cause of Death, Age at Death, and More!

Craig Zadan reached the respectable age of 69 years. Find out the cause of death and more exciting information regarding the death of this famous film producer.

Biography - A Short Wiki

Executive producer of popular films and television programs who was hired, along with partner Neil Meron, to produce the 2013 and 2014 Academy Awards.

He was a writer for New York magazine, at the same time co-producing the popular Sondheim: A Musical Tribute, which premiered in 1973.

He co-produced the film musicals Chicago and Hairspray, with the latter featuring iconic director John Waters’ vision.

How did Craig Zadan die?

Craig Zadan's death was caused by Surgery.

Zadan died on August 20, 2018, at his home in Los Angeles of complications from shoulder replacement surgery at the age of 69.

Information about the death of Craig Zadan
Cause of deathSurgery
Age of death69 years
ProfessionFilm Producer
BirthdayApril 15, 1949
Death dateAugust 20, 2018
Place of deathHollywood Hills, Los Angeles, California, United States
Place of burialN/A


"The future for us is not to go bigger but to go different."

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"We'd go to studios with ideas to do movie musicals and they'd literally kick us out. They said, 'Audiences aren't interested in movie musicals. You're wasting our time.'"

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"We wanted to take on social and political and LGBTQ stories which no one at the upper level of the entertainment industry ever really wants to do. So you have to fight, and you have to persuade, and you have to manipulate the studios and the networks. And you have to go back - over and over again - until they say yes."

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"We've spoken to a lot of friends who are stars who could be great, and they say to us, 'Look, if you were doing a movie musical, and we could pre-record and lip-synch, sure. But live? So if we hit a bad note it's there for posterity? We're not going to go out there without a safety net.' People are scared to death of that."

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"Neil and I had the greatest experience of our lives doing 'Chicago' with Latifah. Then we had the second best experience of our lives doing 'Hairspray.'"

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