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Eugene Zukor

Eugene Zukor, retired studio executive and only son of Paramount founder Adolph Zukor, died Dec. 21 at his home in Beverly Hills. He was 97.

Born in Chicago, Eugene Zukor moved with his mother and father to New York when the elder Zukor left the furrier business to enter motion picture exhibition.

In 1912, Adolph Zukor founded what later became Paramount Pictures. Eugene worked in several capacities, including company treasurer, at Paramount’s New York offices.

The younger Zukor moved to Hollywood in the 1930s and produced “The Island of Lost Men,” “Mystery Sea Raider,” “The Way of All Flesh,” “Women Without Names” and “Buy Me That Town,” among others.

Eugene Zukor subsequently became a talent exec at Par and later at Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer.

He was in the Navy during World War I, serving as a chief gunner’s mate and chief petty officer. In World War II, he headed the Navy’s public relations office in Hollywood.

His wife of 73 years, Emma, died a year ago. Zukor is survived by three sons and two grandchildren.

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