Longtime film studio chief John Calley dies

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(From L) US producer John Calley, French actress Audrey Tautou and Us actor Tom Hanks pose during the photocall for US director Ron Howard's film The Da Vinci Code at the 59th edition of the Cannes Film Festival in Cannes, Southern France, 17 May 2006.

John Calley ran three Hollywood studios during his long career as a studio chief. He died Tuesday at his home after a lengthy illness. Calley was 81.

Among the varied and influential films produced under his tenure as a studio head were "All the President's Men," ''The Exorcist," ''Dirty Harry," ''A Clockwork Orange," ''Spider-Man" and "The Da Vinci Code."

Calley most recently served as Sony's chairman and chief executive officer. Before that he was the studio chief at Warner Bros. in the 1970s and MGM/United Artists in the 1990s.

At the Academy Awards in 2009, Calley received the honorary Irving G. Thalberg Memorial Award.

Memorial arrangements are being planned and will take place at Sony Pictures Studios.

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