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B-movie king Roger Corman has died, aged 98

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Producer Roger Corman, here in his office in Los Angeles, in 2013. died on Thursday, May 9, 2024. He was 98 years old. Photo Reed Saxon AP / NTB

Of NTB | 12.05.2024 06:03:59

Curiosities and celebrities: The filmmaker, who received an Honorary Oscar in 2009, died Thursday at his home in Santa Monica, the family of The Hollywood Reporter.

The legendary producer and director created low-budget genre films at an impressive pace. He bet on young, unestablished talent and gave careers to future stars such as Jack Nicholson, Ron Howard, Peter Bogdanovich, Martin Scorsese, Francis Ford Coppola, Jonathan Demme, Gale Anne Hurd and James Cameron.

Corman is perhaps best known for horror films such as The Little Shop of Horrors (1960) and his series of Edgar Allan Poe adaptations starring Vincent Price, but he also became famous for drug and biker sagas such as The Wild Angels (1966).

He also gained notoriety for producing The Trip (1967), which starred Peter Fonda as a man on an LSD-inspired odyssey. The controversy surrounding the film delighted Corman, who was one of the first producers to realize the power of negative publicity.

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