Michael F. Leone

Michael F. Leone, a real estate developer and film producer whose production company, American Cinema Prods., grew into a $100 million publicly held company, died June 26 of amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (Lou Gehrig’s Disease) at his home in Del Mar. He was 53.

Leone’s production company produced and distributed 38 films between 1976 and 1985, including three early Chuck Norris karate pics: “Good Guys Wear Black,” “A Force of One” and “The Octagon.”

Donations in Leone’s name may be sent to the ALS Foundation of Woodland Hills.

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