Mace Neufeld - Details


World renown filmmaker MACE NEUFELD brought to life one of the most popular series of motion pictures in Paramount Pictures’ history. Based on author Tom Clancy’s best-selling books The Hunt for Red October, Patriot Games and Clear and Present Danger, Neufeld and his production teams have created some of the most successful and enduring big screen adaptations ever. To date, his films have grossed over a billion dollars worldwide. His keen eye for talent helped launch the careers of actors Kevin Costner and Alec Baldwin as well as some of Hollywood’s leading directors such as Richard Donner, Roger Donaldson, John McTiernan and Phillip Noyce.

For Neufeld, the runaway success of The Omen in 1976 was the beginning of a successful career as an independent producer. In the years to follow, the words A Mace Neufeld Production appeared on such off-beat films as Robert Aldrich’s The Frisco Kid, starring Gene Wilder and Harrison Ford; The Funhouse, which was Tobe Hooper’s first Hollywood feature; The Aviator, starring Christopher Reeve; and Transylvania 6-5000, starring Jeff Goldblum and Geena Davis.

Neufeld also nurtured a remake of the classic thriller The Big Clock that became the 1987 sleeper hit No Way Out, starring Kevin Costner, Sean Young and Gene Hackman. The film earned critical acclaim and was a major hit for Costner and its director, Roger Donaldson.

In 1984, Neufeld acquired the rights to Tom Clancy’s first novel, The Hunt for Red October. When The Hunt for Red October, starring Sean Connery and Alec Baldwin, opened in 1989, it became an international blockbuster and launched a series of films based on Clancy’s best-selling novels.

In 1989, Neufeld joined forces with former New World Entertainment chief Robert G. Rehme to form Neufeld/Rehme Productions. The company formed an exclusive motion picture production deal with Paramount Pictures.

Pictures produced under the Neufeld/Rehme banner include Flight of the Intruder, directed by John Milius and starring Brad Johnson; Necessary Roughness, directed by Stan Dragoti and starring Scott Bakula; John Landis’ Beverly Hills Cop III, with Eddie Murphy; and the box office hits Patriot Games and Clear and Present Danger, both directed by Phillip Noyce and starring Harrison Ford. In 1992 Neufeld and Rehme were voted ShoWest Producers of the Year by NATO and Showmen of the Year by the Publicists Guild.

In 1996 Neufeld collaborated with director Noyce on Paramount’s The Saint, starring Val Kilmer and Elisabeth Shue. Most recently, he produced last summer’s The General’s Daughter starring John Travolta and Madeleine Stowe.

Early in his career, as a manager, Neufeld discovered some of the most important performing and production talent in the entertainment industry. He was responsible for guiding the careers of comedians Don Adams (Get Smart), Don Knotts (The Andy Griffith Show), Jay Ward (Bullwinkle and His Friends) and Gabe Kaplan (Welcome Back Kotter) as well as musicians Jim Croce, Randy Newman, Herb Alpert and the Tijuana Brass, The Carpenters, The Captain and Tenille, John Davidson, Lou Rawls and Neal Sedaka.

Neufeld’s television productions include such distinguished telefilms as the 1981 eight-hour miniseries based on John Steinbeck’s award-winning novel East of Eden which became the seventh highest rated miniseries ever and won a Golden Globe Award.

In 1994, Neufeld/Rehme presented the four-hour Turner Pictures television film Gettysburg, which became the highest rated cable miniseries of all time. Last year, Neufeld collaborated with writer Frank Military on the Showtime drama Blind Faith, a story about racism and homophobia set in New York in 1950. The film, starring Courtney Vance and Charles S. Dutton premiered at the 1998 Sundance Film Festival and was nominated for three SAG Awards, three Independent Spirit Awards and two WGA Awards.

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  • 13th July 1928 - Birth