Legendary’s Richard Fowkes dies at 66

Longtime exec oversaw business affairs

Entertainment business affairs executive Richard Fowkes, who most recently oversaw business affairs for Legendary Entertainment, died on Aug. 16 in Los Angeles after a battle with brain cancer. He was 66.

Fowkes began his career as a staff attorney at the Dramatists Guild. He then joined Paramount’s New York-based legal department, followed by a two -year stint as a production attorney at United Artists. He returned to Paramount in 1977 as VP of East Coast legal affairs for both the feature film department and Paramount Theater Prods.

In 1983, he moved to Los Angeles, where he became the studio’s senior VP of motion picture business and legal affairs.

In 2007 he joined Legendary Entertainment as exec VP, business affairs.

Fowkes was born in Yonkers, N.Y. and graduated from NYU with a degree in economics. He served in the Army during his studies at George Washington U.’s National Law Center.

He is survived by his wife, Floran Fowkes, and two daughters.

A memorial service will be held on Tuesday, Aug. 28, at 6:30 p.m. at Paramount Pictures. Please R.S.V.P. to Jillian Fowkes at jillianfowkes@hotmail.com so that access to the venue can be arranged for each guest.

Donations may be made to the Johnnie L. Cochran, Jr. Brain Tumor Center at Cedars-Sinai. (Under “designation drop down,” please choose: Johnnie L. Cochran, Jr. Brain Tumor Center)

Gifts may be made online: http://www.cedarssinai.edu/giving_neurosurgery

Donations by mail:


8700 Beverly Blvd., Room 2416

Attn: KC Miller

Los Angeles, CA 90048

Checks payable to Cedars-Sinai, please indicate “In memory of Richard Owen Fowkes”

Donations by phone: (323) 866-7763

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