Richard Darryl Zanuck (born December 13, 1934) is an Academy Award-winning American film producer.
Born in Los Angeles, California, he is the son of Darryl F. Zanuck, the famed head of Twentieth-Century Fox studios. While studying at Stanford University, Richard began his career in the film industry working for the Twentieth-Century Fox story department. In 1959, Zanuck got his first shot at producing when his father installed him as the producer of the film Compulsion. In the 1960s Zanuck became the president of his father's studio; one year of his tenure, 1967, is chronicled in the John Gregory Dunne book The Studio. Richard was later fired by his father and joined Warner Brothers, although Zanuck was eventually fired from there too. In 1968 he married model and actress Linda Harrison; they later divorced in 1978.
In 1972, Zanuck joined up with David Brown to form an independent production company called Zanuck/Brown Productions. With help from Universal Pictures, the pair produced two of Steven Spielberg's early films, The Sugarland Express (1974) and Jaws (1975). They went on to produce such box office hits as Cocoon (1985) and Driving Miss Daisy (1989) before dissolving their