Kenneth Utt (July 13, 1921 – January 19, 1994), was an American film producer and unit production manager, notable for producing The Silence of the Lambs (1991), for which he won an Oscar for Best Picture.
|Born||July 13, 1921|
Winston-Salem, North Carolina, United States
|Died||January 19, 1994 (aged 72)|
New York City
|Alma mater||Elon University|
|The Silence of the Lambs|
Life and careerEdit
Utt was born in Winston-Salem, North Carolina on July 13, 1921. He graduated from Elon College (now Elon University) in Elon, N.C. in 1942. He received a scholarship to Juilliard School where he studied vocals in hopes of becoming an opera singer. Utt served in the Army Air Corps during World War II. He returned home and became a stage and radio actor, appearing in shows like Carousel.
Utt began working in production on stage performances of Peter Pan, the lesser known 1950 Broadway version with music by Leonard Bernstein. He then became a film line producer for films like Midnight Cowboy (1969), The French Connection (1971), The Seven-Ups (1973) and All That Jazz (1979). Utt was a producer and unit production manager on four Jonathan Demme films: Something Wild (1986), Married to the Mob (1988), The Silence of the Lambs (1991) and Philadelphia (1993), with Lambs and Philadelphia earning awards at the Oscars. Utt was among the three producers who received Best Picture for Lambs, in which he also made a cameo appearance.
|1944||Winged Victory||Chorus Member||Uncredited|
|1988||Married to the Mob||Sourpuss F.B.I. Man|
|1990||Miami Blues||Krishna Ramba, Head Krishna|
|1991||The Silence of the Lambs||Dr. Akin||
Producer - Academy Award for Best Picture
|Dogfight||Thrift Shop Man|
|1994||The Ref||Jeremiah Willard|
|2002||The Truth About Charlie||The Late Monsieur Hyppolite|
|2004||The Manchurian Candidate||Rosie's Cousin's Mentor||(final film role)|
- Peter Pan (1950 version), music by Leonard Bernstein at IBDB
- "Kenneth Utt, 72, Producer of Films Who Also Acted". The New York Times. January 22, 1994. Retrieved April 4, 2011.