You will be redirected back to your article in seconds

Marcello Danon

Italian film producer Marcello Danon, who produced and co-scripted “La Cage aux Folles,” the 1978 French hit that spawned two sequels, a Broadway musical and the Hollywood remake “The Birdcage,” died Jan. 21 in Rome of undisclosed causes. His age was not reported.

Danon was responsible for numerous French-Italian co-productions. The best known were “La Cage” and its 1980 sequel, both of which were directed by Edouard Molinaro and starred Ugo Tognazzi and Michel Serrault. A third, less-successful installment of the comedy was produced by Danon in Italy in 1985.

Among his credits as co-producer are Jules Dassin’s “Rififi” (1954), Claude Autant-Lara’s Brigitte Bardot starrer “En Cas de Malheur” (1958) and Claude Pinoteau’s “La Grand Escogriffe” with Yves Montand (1977).

Danon married Bulgarian actress Zora, who worked frequently in Italian theater, and was the father of Ambra Danon, a costume designer known for her work on legit productions.

More Scene

  • Taura Stinson, Common, and Diane WarrenVariety

    Common, Pasek and Paul, Diane Warren Reveal Inspiration Behind Oscar-Nominated Songs

    Italian film producer Marcello Danon, who produced and co-scripted “La Cage aux Folles,” the 1978 French hit that spawned two sequels, a Broadway musical and the Hollywood remake “The Birdcage,” died Jan. 21 in Rome of undisclosed causes. His age was not reported. Danon was responsible for numerous French-Italian co-productions. The best known were “La […]

  • 'Game Night' film premiere

    'Game Night': Director, Writer Talk 'Straddling Genres' and the Influence of 'Get Out'

    Italian film producer Marcello Danon, who produced and co-scripted “La Cage aux Folles,” the 1978 French hit that spawned two sequels, a Broadway musical and the Hollywood remake “The Birdcage,” died Jan. 21 in Rome of undisclosed causes. His age was not reported. Danon was responsible for numerous French-Italian co-productions. The best known were “La […]

  • Esquire 'Mavericks of Hollywood' party

    Terry Crews on His Sexual Assault Lawsuit: 'If I Don’t Get Justice, Nobody Can'

    Italian film producer Marcello Danon, who produced and co-scripted “La Cage aux Folles,” the 1978 French hit that spawned two sequels, a Broadway musical and the Hollywood remake “The Birdcage,” died Jan. 21 in Rome of undisclosed causes. His age was not reported. Danon was responsible for numerous French-Italian co-productions. The best known were “La […]

  • 20th Annual Costume Designers Guild Awards

    'I, Tonya,' 'The Shape of Water' Win at 2018 Costume Designers Guild Awards

    Italian film producer Marcello Danon, who produced and co-scripted “La Cage aux Folles,” the 1978 French hit that spawned two sequels, a Broadway musical and the Hollywood remake “The Birdcage,” died Jan. 21 in Rome of undisclosed causes. His age was not reported. Danon was responsible for numerous French-Italian co-productions. The best known were “La […]

  • 'Atlanta' TV show premiere

    'Atlanta Robbin' Season' Will 'Show What Makes the City Tick,' Producer Says

    Italian film producer Marcello Danon, who produced and co-scripted “La Cage aux Folles,” the 1978 French hit that spawned two sequels, a Broadway musical and the Hollywood remake “The Birdcage,” died Jan. 21 in Rome of undisclosed causes. His age was not reported. Danon was responsible for numerous French-Italian co-productions. The best known were “La […]

  • Mr Chow 50th Anniversary celebration

    Mr. Chow 50th Anniversary Party Draws Stevie Wonder, Heidi Klum & More Stars

    Italian film producer Marcello Danon, who produced and co-scripted “La Cage aux Folles,” the 1978 French hit that spawned two sequels, a Broadway musical and the Hollywood remake “The Birdcage,” died Jan. 21 in Rome of undisclosed causes. His age was not reported. Danon was responsible for numerous French-Italian co-productions. The best known were “La […]

More From Our Brands

Access exclusive content