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Producer of Copycat Mark Tarlov’s Cause of Death Revealed

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A producer on the John Waters-directed films Pecker, Serial Mom, and Cecil B. Demented, Mark Tarlov’s cause of death has been revealed after he passed away July 31 at the age of 69.

The heartbreaking news has been confirmed by his family in an announcement, reading that the beloved producer took his last breath at his home in Manhattan.

Tarlov worked with British novelist William Boyd to transform the 1977 Mario Vargas Llosa book Aunt Julia and the Scriptwriter into the offbeat Tune in Tomorrow (1990), directed by Jon Amiel and starring Keanu Reeves, Peter Falk, Barbara Hershey, Patricia Clarkson, and John Larroquette.

A producer on the John Waters-directed films Pecker, Serial Mom, and Cecil B. Demented, Mark Tarlov's cause of death has been revealed
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Tune in Tomorrow was the closing-night selection at the Toronto International Film Festival and won the audience and critics awards at the Deauville Film Festival.

The collaboration with Boyd grew into a lifelong friendship and yielded a movie based on Boyd’s 1981 novel, A Good Man in Africa (1994), starring Colin Friels, Sean Connery, John Lithgow, Diana Rigg, and Louis Gossett Jr.

“We worked on many film projects over the years, but it was our friendship that became the most abiding factor of our collaboration,” Boyd wrote in a statement. “His many enthusiasms were tackled with the same all-consuming verve as he approached whatever job he was doing at the time. He was an intellectual, a very clever and great, amusing, highly stimulating company, with a roving, deeply curious mind.”

Tarlov also directed two features: the romantic comedy Simply Irresistible (1999), starring Sarah Michelle Gellar, Sean Patrick Flanery, and Patricia Clarkson, which was written by his wife and frequent collaborator, Judith Roberts, and the rock musical Temptation (2004), starring Zoe Saldana.


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What’s Mark Tarlov’s Cause of Death?

Mark Tarlov’s cause of death was reported as his long-time disease. According to his family’s report, he lost his life after a battle with cancer. May he rest in peace.

Born in 1952 in Norwalk, Connecticut, Tarlov worked as Chief Justice Warren Burger’s speechwriter while still in college. He became a prosecutor in Washington and then a lawyer at the U.S. Department of Justice following his graduation from Columbia Law School.

He started out in Hollywood in business affairs at Warner Bros. in 1979, then produced his first feature, John Carpenter’s Christine (1983), based on the Stephen King novel published that year. He then produced Sidney Lumet’s Power (1986), starring Richard Gere, Gene Hackman, and Julie Christie.

A producer on the John Waters-directed films Pecker, Serial Mom, and Cecil B. Demented, Mark Tarlov's cause of death has been revealed

He reteamed with Amiel to produce Copycat (1995), starring Holly Hunter and Sigourney Weaver.

With longtime producing partner John Fiedler, Tarlov guided the Waters films Pecker (1998), starring Christina Ricci; Serial Mom (1994), featuring Kathleen Turner and Sam Waterston; and Cecil B. Demented (2000), starring Melanie Griffith and Stephen Dorff.

In аddition to his wife, Jessicа Tаrlov, а vice president аt Bustle Digitаl Group аnd а liberаl politicаl contributor аt Fox News, аnd Molly Tаrlov, аn аctress (Awkwаrd. ), he leaves behind his dаughters, Jessicа Tаrlov, а vice president аt Bustle Digitаl Group аnd а liberаl politicаl contributor аt Fox News, аnd grаndson Hаrry.


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