A producer whose early filmography reads like a who’s who of quirky and beloved cult films has died. The New York Times reports that Michael White died Monday of heart failure in Ojai, Calif. He was 80.
The Scottish-born theater and film producer was behind a string of offbeat films in the 1970s, including “Monty Python and the Holy Grail” (1974), “The Rocky Horror Picture Show” (1975) and “Jabberwocky” (1977). He went on to produce the lesser-known “Rocky Horror Picture Show” follow-up “Shock Treatment,” the John Waters movie “Polyester” and the art house favorite “My Dinner With Andre,” all released in 1981.
Over the course of his 50-year career, White reportedly produced 27 films along with 101 stage productions. He was known for having “a gambler’s nerve and occasional recklessness,” The Times reports.
“He was a showbiz insider who knew everybody, a regular at the Cannes Film Festival — ‘the most famous person you’ve never heard of,’ as the actress Greta Scacchi said in a 2013 documentary about him, ‘The Last Impresario,'” the report notes.