Jake Eberts, who trained to be a chemical engineer but instead built a career producing and financing such acclaimed and successful films as Chariots of Fire, Gandhi, Dances With Wolves, and The Killing Fields, died Sept. 6 in Montreal. He was 71.
The cause was liver cancer, said his wife, Fiona.
Mr. Eberts stumbled into making movies, and once there, he maintained a visceral approach.
"He never did anything according to a plan or a strategy, ever," Fiona Eberts said. "He literally did it through his gut. He said: 'If it makes me cry, why wouldn't it make Joe Public cry? I'm just an average Joe.' " - N.Y. Times News Service