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Rocky producer Robert Chartoff dies

Oscar-winning Rocky producer Robert Chartoff has passed away aged 81.

Lynn Hendee, the president of his company Chartoff Productions, has announced the Oscar winner passed away on Wednesday, at his home in California.

The 81-year-old had been suffering from pancreatic cancer.

Robert's breakthrough as a producer came in 1976, when he worked on the first Rocky movie, which made Sylvester Stallone a big star.

After the feature proved a huge success, bagging three Academy Awards, Robert stayed on to produce all seven in the franchise.

He also produced the upcoming instalment Creed, which is due out in November.

Other notable features he worked on include Martin Scorsese's Raging Bull and recent hits The Gambler and Ender's Game.

Robert always looked back on Rocky, the launch pad for his career, with fond memories.

“What I liked most was the ending,” Chartoff explained in Steven Prigge’s 2004 book, Movie Moguls Speak: Interviews with Top Film Producers. “In the end, Rocky Balboa lost the fight to Apollo Creed (Carl Weathers). However, something more important happened. He won by achieving his personal goal. That was very rare in American cinema.

“On the last day of filming, I bought a leather-bound pad and a pen for Sylvester... I walked up to him and said, ‘Now go write the sequel.’ So, I believed we had something unique and it was a great movie, the personification of the American dream.

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