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Robert Irwin Chartoff (August 26, 1933 – June 10, 2015) was an American film producer and philanthropist.

Robert Chartoff
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Chartoff in 2003
Robert Irwin Chartoff[1]

(1933-08-26)August 26, 1933
DiedJune 10, 2015(2015-06-10) (aged 81)
NationalityUnited States
EducationB.A. Union College
J.D. Columbia University Law School
OccupationFilm Producer
Years active1967–2015
Spouse(s)Phyllis Raphael
(m. ??; div. ??)
Vanessa Howard
(m. 1970; div. 1983)

Jenny Weyman
(m. 1992)

Early life and educationEdit

Chartoff was born on August 26, 1933 in New York City, the son of Bessie and William Chartoff.[1] His family was Jewish.[2][3] He graduated from Union College in 1955, followed by Columbia University Law School.


Chartoff produced more than 30 movies. He and fellow producer Irwin Winkler won an Academy Award for Best Picture for the 1976 film Rocky.


Chartoff established the RC Charitable Foundation in 1990 to award grants to international schools and other child agencies. He served as its President. The RC Charitable Foundation gives grants awards to the Buddha Educational Trust. He served on the Community Advisory Board of the Younes and Soraya Israel Studies Center at UCLA.[4][5]

Personal lifeEdit

Chartoff's first wife was Phyllis Raphael, with whom he had three children — Jenifer, William and Julie. They later divorced. In 1970, he married British actress Vanessa Howard, with whom he had one son, Charley. That marriage also ended in divorce. He had one daughter, Miranda, with Jenny Weyman, his third wife, with whom he was married until his death. He died at his home in Santa Monica, California in 2015 from pancreatic cancer.[6]



  1. ^ a b "Robert Chartoff Biography (1933-)". Retrieved October 28, 2018.
  2. ^ Jewish Journal: "Seder by the Sea" by Melanie Chartoff, March 29, 2010
  3. ^ Erens, Patricia The Jew in American Cinema ISBN 9780253204936 | ISBN 0253204933 | Publisher: Indiana University Press | Publish Date: August 1988
  4. ^ Lowe, Kinsey (June 10, 2015). "Robert Chartoff Dies: Producer Of 'Raging Bull,' 'The Right Stuff,' 'Rocky' Was 81". Deadline Hollywood. Retrieved January 15, 2018.
  5. ^ Younes and Soraya Israel Studies Center: Community Advisory Board
  6. ^ Obituary,; accessed June 14, 2015.

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