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Christopher Pearce, Producer and Cannon Films Exec, Dies at 73

Variety logo Variety 12/8/2016 Pat Saperstein
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Christopher Pearce, who worked as unit production manager on Cannon Films productions such as “Barfly” and “Runaway Train” and later served as CEO of Cannon Group, died Dec. 4. He was 73.

Pearce headed production for the prolific studio, led by Menahem Golan and Yoram Globus, that churned out genre fare and dabbled in arthouse films during the video boom of the 1980s. He worked as unit production manager, executive in charge of production or executive producer on Cannon titles including “Breakin’ 2: Electric Boogaloo,” “Revenge of the Ninja,” “Lady Chatterly’s Lover,” “Grace Quigley,” and “The Mummy Lives.”

After disgraced Italian financier Giancarlo Parretti and Pathe Communications took over Cannon in 1989, Pearce served as CEO of the reorganized Cannon Pictures from 1991 to 1994.

Pearce appeared in two recent documentaries about the colorful production company, “Electric Boogaloo: The Wild, Untold Story of Cannon Films” and “The Go-Go Boys: The Inside Story of Cannon Films.”

He left Cannon in 1994 to partner with Globus at Global Pictures, Inc. and retired from filmmaking in 2000.

Before moving to Cannon, Pearce worked with Francis Ford Coppola and George Lucas at Zoetrope Studios during the production of “The Godfather” and “American Graffiti.” Born in the U.K., Pearce received a law degree at London University.

He is survived by his wife, Lyudmila and her son Louis.

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