A filmmaker who wrote and produced "9½ Weeks" and was a part of the Showtime series "The Red Shoes Diaries" died late last Friday at the age of 70, reports the Los Angeles Times.
Zalman King, who had been suffering from cancer, died in his Santa Monica home.
Early in his career, King appeared as an actor in episodic television, including a significant role on "The Young Lawyers" and guest spots on “Gunsmoke,” “Daniel Boone” and other shows. But it was "9½ Weeks," the 1986 erotic romance that starred Kim Basinger and Mickey Rourke, that made him one of the most well-known erotic filmmakers in Hollywood.
He continued to work with erotic material, including the films "Two Moon Junction" and "Wild Orchid." He later was a writer, producer and director on the anthology series “The Red Shoe Diaries.”