Producer Robert A. Katz, nominated for an Oscar, passes away at 79

Robert Katz died on Wednesday after a long battle with lung cancer . Katz was an early pioneer in the home video business, creating exercise videos with Jane Fonda, Arnold Schwarzenegger, and others .

Washington, United States, June 24: Robert A. Katz, the producer of projects such as Gettysburg, Selena, and Introducing Dorothy Dandridge, died on Wednesday after a long battle with lung cancer, and his family learned of his passing on Thursday.Katz had been focusing on a variety of projects recently, including the feature-length film Delfinos Journey based on Jo Harper's novel and screenplay.According to Deadline, he was also executive producer on a mini-series about General Norman Schwarzkopf's life based on his autobiography It Doesnt Take a Hero.Over 20 films were produced by the duo, which included the films Telephone, Gettysburg, Granada, Selena, and Gods and Generals.

He was born in Los Angeles on February 7, 1943, where he grew up, met his goals, and then attended college.He served in the US Navy as a fighter pilot and then served in the Israel Air Force in the mid-1960s.He worked as a pilot in Africa with documentary film teams after his honorable discharge.Katz took to filmmaking after discovering the passion of African liberation stories in French and American television.

Katz was an early pioneer in the home video business, creating exercise videos with Jane Fonda, Arnold Schwarzenegger, and others, according to Deadline.He is survived by his wife Patricia Brown, a stepdaughter, Victoria Flores, and his two grandchildren, Skyler and Adysun, who died in 2002.