The son of legendary actor Alan Ladd, Alan Ladd. Jr — a.k.a. “Laddie” — began his career in 1963 as a movie agent at Creative Management Associates. Among his clients were Elizabeth Taylor and Robert Redford. Five years later, he began his producing career by moving to London and making nine films in just four years, including 1970’s “The Walking Stick.”
In 1973, he came back to Los Angeles, where he became head of creative affairs for 20th Century Fox; by 1976, he was named president of the studio. During his tenure, the studio made 1977’s "Star Wars” and 1980’s “The Empire Strikes Back” as well “Alien,” “Breaking Away,” “All That Jazz” and “The Rose."
Later, he struck out on his own and formed the Ladd Co. He won his first best picture Oscar with 1981’s “Chariots of Fire.” The Ladd Co. was also responsible for producing such films 1982’s “Blade Runner,” 1983’s “The Right Stuff” as well as the “Police Academy” franchise of slapstick comedies.
He dissolved the company in 1985 to run MGM/UA. Among the films the studio released were 1988’s “A Fish Called Wanda” and 1991’s “Thelma and Louise.”
He closed the door on his executive suite in 1993 and set up a new incarnation of the Ladd Co. at Paramount, winning an Oscar as producer of the 1995 best picture “Braveheart.” Eventually, he left Paramount. Among his recent projects has been Ben Affleck’s directorial debut, “Gone, Baby, Gone.”