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Steve Starkey

Steve Starkey

Steve Starkey earned an Academy Award as one of the producers of Best Picture-winner Forrest Gump. The film, directed by Robert Zemeckis and starring Tom Hanks, became one of the highest grossing movies of all time and collected six Oscars, including Best Director and Best Actor, as well as a Golden Globe Award, the National Board of Review's highest honor in 1994, two People's Choice Awards, the Producers Guild Golden Laurel Award and a BAFTA nomination for Best Picture.

In 1998 Starkey, along with Zemeckis and Jack Rapke, formed ImageMovers, a company primarily focused on motion picture production. He then re-teamed with Zemeckis and Tom Hanks on the epic drama Cast Away, and produced the psychological thriller What Lies Beneath, starring Harrison Ford and Michelle Pfeiffer, also directed by Zemeckis.

Starkey's professional association with Zemeckis began in 1986 when he was associate producer on the innovative feature Who Framed Roger Rabbit? and went on to serve as associate producer on the second and third installments of the Back to the Future trilogy. Their collaboration continued as Starkey and Zemeckis produced the black comedy Death Becomes Her, starring Goldie Hawn, Meryl Streep and Bruce Willis, followed by Forrest Gump and Contact, starring Jodie Foster and based on the best-selling novel by Carl Sagan.

Starkey also co-produced the feature comedy farce Noises Off, and produced the Showtime feature-length documentary The Pursuit of Happiness, exploring drug and alcohol addiction, which was directed and executive produced by Robert Zemeckis.

He is currently developing several projects for ImageMovers, and producing the big screen adaptation of Chris Van Allsburg's popular children's book, The Polar Express, which will star Tom Hanks and be directed by Zemeckis.

Early in his career, Starkey worked with George Lucas at Lucasfilm, Ltd., where he became an assistant film editor on The Empire Strikes Back and Return of the Jedi. He later edited documentary films for Steven Spielberg's Amblin Entertainment, was associate producer of Spielberg's Amazing Stories television anthology series and was executive producer on the 1993 CBS series Johnny Bago.

Note: This profile was written in or before 2003.

Steve Starkey Facts


Selected Filmography

Monster House
Hit Favorites: Friends & Family
Matchstick Men
Cast Away
The Prize Winner Of Defiance, Ohio
Forrest Gump
Back to the Future Part II
Mars Needs Moms
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