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.