Steve Bing, the producer behind Get Carter, Rules Don’t Apply and Rock the Kasbah and the writer of Kangaroo Jack, has died, TMZ has reported. Bing, also a real estate heir, political power player and philanthropist, was 55.
The Los Angeles Police Department confirmed that someone had died after falling from the Ten Thousand complex around 1 p.m. on Monday but declined to say the person’s identity until identified by the L.A. County Medical Examiner/Coroner’s office, who must first identify next of kin.
Born in 1965, Bing received an estimated $600 million inheritance upon his 18th birthday from real-estate developer Leo S. Bing, the namesake of the L.A. County Museum of Art’s Leo S. Bing Theatre. After dropping out of Stanford University, Bing chased a career in Hollywood and found early success in screenwriting.
Following a gig writing 1984’s Chuck Norris flick Missing in Action, the producer penned Missing in Action 2: The Beginning (1985), an episode of Married With Children in 1989 and 2003’s CGI comedy Kangaroo Jack, starring Jerry O’Connell and Anthony Anderson and produced by Jerry Bruckheimer.
In 2000, Bing founded Shangri-La Entertainment, which produced and financed films including Robert Zemeckis’ motion-capture films The Polar Express (2004) and Beowulf (2007), among other titles. Bing took off as a producer, working on Sylvester Stallone’s Get Carter (2000), 2001 Judy Greer film Without Charlie andThe Big Bounce with Owen Wilson and Charlie Sheen (2004).
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