US producer Chris Chesser dies, age 74

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Chris Chesser

Hollywood independent film and documentary producer Chris Chesser, best known for producing 1989 Paramount comedy Major League, has died at age 74.

Chesser died suddenly at his home in Los Angeles on February 2, according to a statement from his family.

Chesser started his film career in New York in 1974, as an international sales executive at Columbia Pictures. He then became the general manager of American Film Institute Los Angeles in 1976.

As an executive, he did stints at Orion Pictures, Marble Arch Productions and Filmways, supervising films including Caddyshack, Arthur, Excalibur and On Golden Pond.

In 1990, he teamed with Alan Beattie to form Beattie/Chesser Productions, whose films included The Wrong Man, Exquisite Tenderness and Under Pressure.

More recently, Chesser produced 2012 thriller Bloodwork and 2015 comedy Absolutely Anything.

He is survived by his brothers, Steve and Alan Chesser.

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