American film producer Scott Rudin learned how to make instant sink-or-swim decisions while a casting director on Broadway. As a theater producer, Rudin won a Tony award for his staging of Passion. He entered films in the early '80s, working his way up to the vice presidency and then the presidency of 20th Century Fox. He left that studio when he was 29 in favor of independent production. Among Scott Rudin's most lucrative productions have been Sister Act (1988) and The Addams Family (1991); he has also managed to parlay "small" films like Little Man Tate (1989) into audience favorites.
Biography by Hal Erickson
- Went to school with actress Margaret Colin; he directed her in a production of A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum.
- Worked as an unpaid assistant to theatre producer Kermit Bloomgarden when he was 16 years old.
- Turned down a scholarship to Brown University.
- Started his own casting agency shortly after high school.
- Nominated against himself at the 2010 Academy Awards as a producer for two Best Picture nominees, The Social Network and True Grit.
- Became the first producer to win an Emmy, Grammy, Oscar and Tony with his 2011 Grammy win as a producer of the soundtrack for The Book of Mormon.