Fred Roos dead at 89: Oscar-winning producer of The Godfather Part II passes away – as Francis Ford Coppola shares emotional tribute

Oscar-winning producer Fred Roos has died aged 89, just four days shy of his 90th birthday.

Francis Ford Coppola who worked with Roos on The Godfather Part II lead tributes Tuesday, as well as actress Aubrey Plaza who stars in Coppola’s latest film Megalopolis. 

Fred Roos possessed a casting instinct that was near infallible: so beautifully demonstrated in AMERICAN GRAFFITTI and THE OUTSIDERS,’ Coppola wrote in his tribute, alongside a picture of the pair together.

He added: ‘He was a great lifelong friend and collaborator with above all a true love for movies. 

‘I remember once telling him that we needed to find more women directors but that we should look for them among kids playing with 8mm movie-making equipment rather than dolls — and he came up with kids named Martha Coolidge and Susan Seidelman. He was a unique talent and will certainly be missed.’

Frances Ford Coppola who worked with Fred Roos (right) on The Godfather Part II lead tributes Tuesday,

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