Died November 26, 2012.
Martin Richards, a Broadway and Hollywood showman whose own life was often as flamboyant and warmhearted as his many productions, died of cancer at his Upper East Side New York home. He was 80.
Winning the Best Picture Oscar for his movie musical - he had also produced the original Broadway version in 1975 – Richards had to hold back the tears as he recalled those he had worked with on the show, including the late legendary director-choreographer Bob Fosse and Richards's late producing partner and wife, Mary Lea Johnson, of the Johnson & Johnson pharmaceutical company family.
Besides Chicago, Richards produced the original Broadway productions of Stephen Sondheim's Sweeney Todd, Jerry Herman's La Cage aux Folles, Beth Henley's drama Crimes of the Heart, as well as the musicals Grand Hotel, The Will Rogers Follies, On the Twentieth Century and a personal favorite of his (though not necessarily of the critics'), The Life.
As a movie producer his credits include Stanley Kubrick's The Shining, based on the Stephen King horror classic and starring Jack Nicholson; The Boys from Brazil starring Gregory Peck and Sir Laurence Olivier, and Fort Apache, The Bronx, starring Paul Newman.