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Star Wars exec-producer Gareth Wigan dies aged 78

British film executive Gareth Wigan, behind such movies as Chariots of Fire, Star Wars and Alien, has died at the age of 78 following a brief illness.
"He was there for me when I needed him and I'll always be grateful," said Star Wars director George Lucas.
Barbra Streisand, director of Prince of Tides which Wigan worked on, said he was "one of the smartest, kindest, most loving people I have ever known."
A pioneer of global cinema, Wigan also backed Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon.
The film's director Ang Lee said: "Gareth Wigan was a unique figure in the movie business. He was a true English gentleman, a great soul. He made quality films, and he was also a pioneer of studio investment in foreign films."
Memorial service
Martin Scorsese also paid tribute: "I have fond memories of our work together on The Age of Innocence. I've often wished we could have worked on another production as I've always had great admiration for Gareth's intelligence, diplomacy and taste."
Wigan began his career in England in the 1950s as a talent agent after he graduated from Oxford University.

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His clients included directors Richard Lester and John Schlesinger.
He moved to California in the late 1970s, where he took at job at Twentieth Century Fox, serving as executive producer on films such as Star Wars, All That Jazz, The Turning Point and Alien.
In 1979, Wigan formed his own company with fellow Fox executives Alan Ladd Jr and Jay Kanter - the trio produced Oscar-winner Chariots of Fire and The Right Stuff.
Wigan went on to join Sony's Columbia Pictures, where he worked on films including Air Force One, Bram Stoker's Dracula, Girl, Interrupted and Postcards from the Edge.
He died on Saturday. A memorial service is being planned.
Wigan is survived by his wife, Pat Newcomb, his four children and seven grandchildren.

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