Garby Francis Leon, Fox Executive Who Developed ‘The Matrix’ at Silver Pictures, Dies at 66

Garby Francis Leon, an executive at 20th Century Fox who developed “The Matrix” while at Silver Pictures, where he also worked on “Lethal Weapon IV” and “The Manchurian Candidate” remake, died April 21 after a long battle with cancer. He was 66.

Leon had been a story analyst at Fox since the mid 2000s. Before that, from 1997-99, he was VP of production at Fox Family Films, where he developed “Ever After,” “Home Alone III” and “Anastasia.”

He was director of development at Silver Pictures in the mid-’90s and before that a story analyst at Columbia Pictures and Lorimar. He was VP of production at Dan Curtis Productions in the mid 1980s.

Born in New York City, he earned a B.A. from Marlboro College and a PhD in music from Harvard U.

In the mid 2000s, Leon was a union organizer at the Motion Picture Editors Guild.

He is survived by his wife, Shannon Mow, and a daughter.

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