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Hollywood reacts to John Calley’s death

Clint Eastwood, Amy Pascal reflect on passing of veteran exec

Friends and colleagues remember John Calley as a champion of filmmakers, a talented producer and a generous mentor

“John Calley along with Frank Wells brought me to Warner Bros. in 1971 to do ‘Dirty Harry’ and I’m still next door to his old office after 32 films. John was one of a kind, a studio head with a great sense of humor.”

“John was the smartest and most astute studio head I have ever worked with. His contribution to ‘The Exorcist’ was invaluable. The film would not have been as well received as it was without his input.”

“He was comfortable in his own skin. He just liked the business; he liked the relationships; he liked talking; he loved Amy (Pascal). He never thought of himself as CEO, or the big shot. He could be critical in his own way, but it was always couched in terms that were more generous. He was quite unique.”

“John was a kind, wonderful man and a talented and respected producer and studio executive. In a business often dominated by ego and conflict, John had the ability to defuse even the most tense situations with his unique wit and incisive humor.”

“John Calley was a man of exceptional intelligence, wit, and grace who had unique relationships with some of our finest filmmakers, Stanley Kubrick and Mike Nichols among them. We were friends for 45 years. It is a huge loss for many of us.”

“John was unique. As a friend, he was always there and always funny. He made life a joy for those he loved. As a studio head, he was unfailingly supportive and didn’t try to do the filmmaker’s job.”

“The problem of making a comedy with John is that he was usually funnier than the actors.”

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