Ronald L Schwary, Oscar-Winning ‘Ordinary People’ Producer, Dies at 76

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Ronald L Schwary, Oscar-Winning ‘Ordinary People’ Producer, Dies at 76
Ronald L. Schwary, Oscar-winning producer of Robert Redford’s 1980 drama “Ordinary People,” died on July 2 at age 76, his family announced.

He was forced into retirement in 2015 due to a rare neurological autonomic disorder that he had been struggling with. His death was due to complications of his disorder. He passed away peacefully surrounded by his sons.

Schwary’s extensive career as a producer took off in 1978 after serving as an associate producer on the film adaptation of the Neil Simon play “California Suite,” starring Jane Fonda, Alan Alda, Bill Cosby, Richard Pryor and many others. That same year, he also served as associate producer and production manager for the Sydney Pollack-directed film “The Electric Horseman,” starring Fonda and Robert Redford.

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The following year, Redford hired Schwary as the sole producer for his directorial debut, “Ordinary People.” That film
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