Robert Chartoff, the Oscar-winning producer whose credits included the classic films “Rocky” and “Raging Bull,” died Wednesday at his home in Santa Monica. He was 81.
Chartoff died after a battle with pancreatic cancer.
Born in 1933, Chartoff attended Union College and Columbia University Law School before embarking on his film career, which included more than 30 films. With his longtime partner Irwin Winkler, he produced the 1976 film “Rocky,” which won him an Academy Award.
Other films in Chartoff’s catalog include the 1967 Lee Marvin-Angie Dickinson crime drama “Point Blank,” 1978’s “Comes a Horseman,” the 1981 film “True Confessions,” starring Robert De Niro and Robert Duvall, and “The Gang That Couldn’t Shoot Straight.”
Chartoff’s philanthropic efforts included the RC Charitable Foundation, which awards grants to international schools and other agencies revolving around children.
Chartoff was married three times. His marriage to Phyllis Raphael produced three children, Jennifer, William and Julie. He was also married to British actress Vanessa Howard, with whom he had a son Charley. He also had a daughter with his most recent wife Jenny Weyman.