Producer Brian M. Reilly, who made six films starring Tim Allen, including Disney’s three “Santa Clause” comedies, died Thursday, Sept. 1, in Los Angeles after a two-year battle with pancreatic cancer. He was 65.
The holiday comedies were box office hits, with the first two scoring $145 million and $139 million, respectively, in the domestic market.
Reilly also partnered with Allen on three other films: “Jungle 2 Jungle,” “Joe Somebody” and “Crazy on the Outside,” the last of which Allen directed as well as toplined in 2010. That film was Reilly’s last bigscreen effort.
Reilly first produced 1991’s “Don’t Tell Mom the Babysitter’s Dead,” followed by Marlon Brando-Faye Dunaway-Johnny Depp starrer “Don Juan DeMarco,” on which he was co-exec producer, in 1994. The same year, he began his long partnership with Allen with the first “Santa Clause” film.
Reilly was married to longtime actress, writer and director Barra Grant, who scripted and helmed two independent films, “Life of the Party” (2005) and “Love Hurts” (2009), that Reilly produced.
Born and raised in New York, Reilly started out in the restaurant business, running several, and got into film producing when he found the “Don’t Tell Mom the Babysitter’s Dead” property.
In addition to Grant, Reilly is survived by a daughter, Samantha, an artist.