Former Universal Chief & Superlawyer Tom Pollock Has Passed Away: Made George Lucas ‘Star Wars’ Deal

Tom Pollock has died. Pollock is the former attorney who became Universal Pictures chairman and later partners with Ivan Reitman in Montecito Picture Company. He was 77 years old.

Pollock oversaw films that included Jurassic Park, the Back to the Future trilogy, Do the Right Thing, Fried Green Tomatoes, Backdraft, Twins, Cape Fear, Parenthood, The Flintstones, Kindergarten Cop, the Beethoven, Beethoven’s 2nd, Casper, Waterworld, Sneakers, Lorenzo’s Oil, Casino, and the Best Picture winner Schindler’s List.

As an attorney, Pollock will always be remembered for making arguably the greatest ever deal for a filmmaker client when he brokered the Star Wars deal for George Lucas that gave the filmmaker rights to the franchise. It was a billion-dollar deal.

The condolences have begun to pour in: “We are incredibly saddened by the loss of Tom Pollock. He played a critical role in securing our Studio’s legacy, and was an extraordinary executive, influential attorney, and a dear friend to so many of us,” said Ron Meyer, Vice Chairman NBCUniversal. “We will forever feel his impact on our company and within our industry. On behalf of everyone at Universal, we send our deepest condolences to his family and honor his extraordinary accomplishments.”


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