Film producer Fritz Manes has died at the age of 79.
He lost his battle with lung and brain cancer in Sherman Oaks, California last month (27Sep11).
Manes was born in Oakland in 1932 and went on to attend Piedmont Junior High School with veteran actor/director Clint Eastwood. He then served in the Korean War with the U.S. Marines and was awarded the prestigious Purple Heart for his efforts.
Manes later reunited with the Dirty Harry star and produced many of Eastwood's films, including Any Which Way You Can, Escape from Alcatraz, and Tightrope, before the two had a falling out over the making of Heartbreak Ridge in 1986.
He ultimately created his own production company, Sundancer, and was a member of the California Film Commission.