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Film producer Samuel Bronston, whose works included “El Cid,””55 Days at Peking” and “Fall of the Roman Empire,” died Jan. 12 at a Sacramento hospital. He was 85.

Bronston started in the movie business as soon as he came to the United States from his native Russia in 1937.

His early films included “Jack London” with Susan Hayward in 1943 and 1945 pix “And Then There Were None” and “Walk in the Sun.”

He became the Vatican’s official photographer in the late 1940s and produced a series of films on behalf of the Chancellery of the Vatican.

In 1961, Bronston produced “El Cid” starring Charlton Heston and Sophia Loren.

Bronston retired from the movie industry in 1980. He had been living in Houston until ill health forced him to move to a son’s home in Sacramento less than two months ago.

He is survived by five children and a stepson.

No services are planned.

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