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John Kohn

Oscar-nommed writer-producer and production executive

This article was corrected on May 12, 2002.

Oscar-nommed writer-producer and production executive John Kohn died Saturday at his home in Sherman Oaks, Calif., after a short bout with cancer. He was 76.

Kohn began his career as a radio writer and later moved over to television as a staff scribe on such shows as “Bachelor Father,” “How to Marry a Millionaire,” “The Ann Sothern Show,” “My Little Margie” and “Dobie Gillis.”

He moved to Paris in 1959 to write an Art Buchwald television series and then settled in London where he produced his first film, “Reach for Glory.”

In 1964 he co-wrote with longtime collaborator Stanley Mann a film adaptation of “The Collector,” which he produced and which was helmed by William Wyler. Kohn and Mann received Oscar noms for best screenplay adaptation.

He returned Stateside in 1979 as head of production for EMI, where he remained until 1983. Under his tenure, the company produced “The Jazz Singer,” “Tender Mercies,” “Bad Boys,” “Frances” and “Cross Creek.”

As an indie producer, his feature credits included “Racing With the Moon” and “Shanghai Surprise.”

He is survived by his wife of 49 years, Barbara, the daughter of agent-producer Sam Jaffe; a son, assistant director Peter Kohn; a daughter, Susie Levine; two grandchildren; and two brothers.

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