Joel Simon, former president of World Wrestling Entertainment Films, died Sunday of pancreatic cancer in Los Angeles. He was 60 and had battled the disease for four years.
Simon launched WWE Films in 2002 and produced features “See No Evil,” “The Marine” and “The Condemned” as vehicles for top WWE stars Glenn Jacobs (Kane), John Cena and “Stone Cold” Steve Austin, respectively.
For several years until 2001, Simon oversaw feature and TV productions as president of Quincy Jones Media Group and Quincy Jones/David Salzman Prods.
Before working with Jones, he partnered with producer Bill Todman Jr. at Todman/Simon Prods. Films from the company included “Married to the Mob” and “Hard to Kill.”
Simon was also co-producer on “X-Men”; exec producer on “Wild Wild West”; and producer on 2003 comedies “The In-Laws” and “Vacuums” as well as 1997 Shaquille O’Neal vehicle “Steel.”
On a different note, Simon was co-exec producer on the 2001 VH1 documentary series “Say It Loud: A Celebration of Black Music in America,” directed by Nanette Burstein and Brett Morgen.
Simon is survived by his wife Nancy and his parents.