Tom Sherak

Age 68


LOS ANGELES (AP) — Former Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences president Tom Sherak has died after a 12-year battle with prostate cancer. He was 68.

A film marketing and distribution executive, Sherak died Tuesday surrounded by family at his home in Calabasas, Calif. "Tom is a true hero in our lives who has a star on the sidewalk and wings to fly," the Sherak family said in a statement released by the academy.

Sherak spent 17 years at 20th Century Fox, where he became the domestic film group chairman and worked on such blockbusters as "Die Hard" and "Independence Day."

Sherak, who last year was appointed Los Angeles' film czar, was responsible for completing the deal for the academy's new film museum with the Los Angeles County Museum of Art.

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Happy birthday Tommy

Tommy played 2 hand touch with me many times . He lived across the street from my building and he was a good player and always welcomed and was a very fair player! He wasa a popular guy!

for the Sherak family: My name is Jeff Gabel. Tom and I grew up in the same neighborhood in Brooklyn. We both attended P.S 209 and Abe Lincoln H.S. As a matter of fact, Tom signed my graduating class book of 1963.I had sent Tom an email about five years ago when I noticed his name on a Golf tournament of Michael Douglas. We both lost touch with each other after HS graduation. I was also in the Motion Picture Industry in Manhattan. I however left NYC for San Francisco and Tom went to find...

Madeline, you probably don't remember meeting me, but Tom and I were in the same office at Ft Monroe, VA, 1968-69.
I thought about him today after (not) watching the Oscars last night. I had seen his remarks last year. Was shocked to find obit today. What a guy he was - sounds as if he was always the crazy guy I knew "back when". My condolences to you and your family.


My deepest sympathy to the family of Tom Sherak family. When we pray for God's kingdom we are asking for God to do away with sickness, death, and pain.

Losing a loved one is always hard to deal with. But God promises in the near future to do away death completely. Isaish 25:8