Friday, November 11, 2005

 

Terrorist Bombing Kills Producer of Halloween Films

Moustapha Akkad, the legendary producer who launched the highly popular Halloween film franchise in 1978, and served as executive producer of all eight installments, died today from wounds he sustained during the terrorist bombings of three hotels in Amman, Jordan on Wednesday. His 34-year-old daughter, Rima was also killed in the attacks. According to Jordanian TV reports, Akkad was in the lobby of the Grand Hyatt hotel with his daughter -- who had traveled there to attend a wedding -- when the bomber struck. His daughter died instantly while Akkad sustained massive wounds and a heart attack, and passed away today. In addition to executive producing all of the Halloween films -- and, in 1978, giving then unknown director John Carpenter the break that would launch his career to a new level, and make him a household name -- in 1996, Akkad created the massive www.HalloweenMovies.com - The Official Website of Michael Myers, which provides an online community for the millions of Halloween fans around the globe. Other films Akkad produced include The Message (1977) and Lion of the Desert (1981) -- both of which starred Anthony Quinn. His daughter, Rima, who grew up in Los Angeles, graduated from the University of Southern California in 1995 with a degree in International Relations. She obtained a master's degree in Middle East studies at the American University in Beirut, where she met her husband Ziad Monla. At the time of her death, the couple had been married six years, and had two sons (ages two and four).

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