‘Fresh Prince of Bel-Air’ Producer Jeffrey Pollack Found Dead

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The 54-year-old filmmaker, also known for directing “Booty Call” starring Jamie Foxx, died while jogging in Hermosa Beach

Jeffrey Ian Pollack, a producer of Will Smith‘s 1990s sitcom “The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air” and director of 1997 Jamie Foxx comedy “Booty Call,” was found dead Monday morning in Hermosa Beach, Calif. He was 54.

An autopsy is pending to determine cause of death, a spokesman from the Los Angeles County Department of Coroner told TheWrap.

A female jogger found Pollack’s unresponsive body, dressed in jogging clothing and equipped with an iPod nano playing the Eagles music, on the greenbelt near 30th Street, according to Easy Reader News. Hermosa Beach Police Department Captain Tommy Thompson told the outlet that although the cause of death has not yet been determined, foul play is not suspected.

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Pollack (pictured above, left) was born in 1959 in Manhattan Beach, Calif. and graduated from University of Southern California Film School in the early 1980s before he began serving as a co-producer on “The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air” in 1990, and eventually co-executive producer in later seasons.

In 1994, he wrote and directed his first feature, “Above the Rim,” an urban basketball drama starring rapper Tupac Shakur. His second directorial effort, “Booty Call,” starred Jamie Foxx and Tommy Davidson as two sexually frustrated friends trying to break a dry spell. The final feature he directed, 1999 comedy “Lost & Found,” starred David Spade as a man who kidnaps his neighbor’s dog in order to win her heart.

Pollack partnered with Benny Medina (above, right) — the real-life inspiration for Smith’s “Fresh Prince” character — to form management and production company Medina/Pollack Entertainment, which became Handprint Entertainment. The company closed in 2008 after the departure of clients including Jennifer Lopez, Tyra Banks and Mariah Carey.

  • Capt_Twang

    Ethnomasochists and oikophobes will mourn him.

  • Gregory Choa

    Jogging and Eagles music can be a toxic and potentially lethal combination – beware.

  • Rest in peace

    Strangest line in this article: “dressed in jogging clothing and equipped with an iPod nano playing the Eagles music”


    • doro3666

      what is so strange about that…he was jogging listening to music and had a coronary….

  • Doobie Brothers

    Never saw the show. Looked too…stoopid.

    • doro3666

      that’s because you are stupid that’s why it looked stupid to you

      • Doobie Brothers

        Wow. Wow, what an idiotic thing to say. Stay away from me and my family. You are a danger to all things beautiful.

    • feleria

      Learn how to spell !!! you’re obviously very illiterate, in case you’re too slow to know what that means, it means that you’re uneducated which is quite clear !!!!!

  • kevin

    the butler from the fresh prince did it

  • BigDawg72

    Wonder if he was ” running down the road trying loosen his load” with a coronary on his mind.

  • keke

    omg so sad the fresh prince was a classic and still is. love that show. all pyaers to the producers family and james Avery’s family. OMG I cant believe uncle phil is gone. world wont be the same without him. R.I.P to all who lost their life before 2014.

  • keke

    sorry that line should read all prayers to the producers family

  • TimTiggs

    and now the latest death from the “Fresh Prince Klan” is “Uncle Phil” who died today or this passed Sunday on the 31st, Dec. 2013. damn…who’s next from the show to croak over?