Hungarian-American film producer Andy Vajna has died at 74
In this Tuesday, Feb. 7, 2017 photo government commissioner in charge of the development of Hungary's film industry, Andy Vajna, participates in a discussion in the headquarters of the Hungarian National Film Fund in Budapest. (Zoltan Balogh/MTI via AP, file)
The Associated Press
Published Sunday, January 20, 2019 4:47PM EST
BUDAPEST, Hungary - Hungary's National Film Fund says that Hungarian-American film producer Andy Vajna has died. He was 74.
Vajna, who produced several “Rambo” films starring Sylvester Stallone, as well as Madonna's “Evita,” among many others, died Sunday at his Budapest home after a long illness.
Vajna was also owner of the TV2 Group, a Hungarian broadcaster which owns several television channels.
The producer was born in Budapest on Aug. 1, 1944, and escaped Hungary's communist regime in 1956.
Since 2011, Vajna had been a commissioner in Prime Minister Viktor Orban's government, in charge of developing Hungary's film industry.
Hungarian films have won several top prizes at recent international festivals. In 2016, “Son of Saul,” financed mostly by Hungary's National Film Fund, won the Oscar for best foreign language film.