Production manager James A. Dennett, who worked on "The China Syndrome" and the ABC skein "Starman," died Aug. 11 of lung cancer in Los Angeles, Calif. He was 75.
Born in New York, Dennett moved to Chicago with his mother when he was a child. After attending Loyola U. Chicago, he co-founded the Film Group in 1966 with Mike Gray and Bill Cottle. The studio produced Howard Alk's award-winning documentaries "American Revolution 2" and "The Murder of Fred Hampton."
Dennett moved to Hollywood in 1972 where he worked as an assistant director and production manager. Throughout his career, he worked on such films as "Wavelength" and "Stoney Island."
Chicago-born director Andrew Davis, with whom Dennett worked on "The Fugitive" in 1993, credits Dennett as a mentor who gave him his first gig.
Dennett is survived by four sons; two daughters and nine grandchildren.
DENNETT, James A.
Born: 3/3/1934, Chicago, Illinois, U.S.A.
Died: 8/11/2009, Los Angeles, California, U.S.A.
James A. Dennett's westerns, production manager, producer:
Leg Up - 1990 [production manager]
Wild Card (TV) - 1992 [production manager, producer]