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Menahem Golan | Filmmaker, 85

FILE - In this May 17, 1987 file photo, Swiss movie director Jean-Luc Godard, left, and Israeli producer Menahem Golan, right, gesture as they speak to the press in Cannes, France, after the screening of Godard´s out of competition "King Lear," produced by Cannon group, as part of the 40th Cannes Film Festival. Golan, a veteran Israeli filmmaker who produced some of the biggest action movies of the 1980s, has died in Tel Aviv. He was 85. (AP Photo/Pierre Gleizes, File)
FILE - In this May 17, 1987 file photo, Swiss movie director Jean-Luc Godard, left, and Israeli producer Menahem Golan, right, gesture as they speak to the press in Cannes, France, after the screening of Godard's out of competition "King Lear," produced by Cannon group, as part of the 40th Cannes Film Festival. Golan, a veteran Israeli filmmaker who produced some of the biggest action movies of the 1980s, has died in Tel Aviv. He was 85. (AP Photo/Pierre Gleizes, File)

Menahem Golan, 85, a veteran Israeli filmmaker who produced some of the biggest action movies of the 1980s, died Friday in Tel Aviv.

Throughout his career, Mr. Golan produced more than 200 movies and directed a fourth of them. Among his hits were The Delta Force, starring Chuck Norris, and the Death Wish sequels starring Charles Bronson. He also produced films starring Sean Connery, Sylvester Stallone, and Jean-Claude Van Damme.

Mr. Golan, an Israeli native, was a pilot and bombardier in Israel's War of Independence in 1948 and received an Oscar nomination for his film Entebbe: Operation Thunderbolt.

With his cousin and partner Yoram Globus, he established the Cannon Group production company, running it for a decade.

Mr. Golan is survived by his wife and three children. - AP

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