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Plato A. Skouras

Independent movie producer

Plato Alexander Skouras, son of former 20th Century Fox president Spyros P. Skouras and an independent movie producer in his own right, died July 4 of a heart attack at his home in Brinkley, Ark. He was 74.

Rye, N.Y., native graduated from Yale as a drama major, worked in theaters owned by the Skouras family in the New York area, then moved into investing in motion pictures.

He moved to Hollywood to become a production assistant with 20th Century Fox and eventually formed an independent film-production company with his brothers, producing several films and documentaries, including “Francis of Assisi.” Other projects included “Sierra Baron,” “Apache Warrior” and anticommunist documentary “We Will Bury You.”

In addition, he owned an L.A. insurance company.

In 1974, Skouras moved to his wife Barbara’s hometown, and the couple opened a restaurant. After the move to Arkansas, he sold the rights to several scripts he developed and worked on a biography of his father, who forced all Fox actors to testify at the McCarthy House Un-American Affairs Committee hearings.

Survivors include his wife, four sons, four grandchildren, a brother and a sister.

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