Tags: steve | jobs | dead | apple

Steve Jobs Mourned by Hollywood

Thursday, 06 Oct 2011 11:10 AM

By James Hirsen

Last evening's sad news of the passing of 56-year-old Apple co-founder Steve Jobs has reverberated throughout the streets of Hollywood, the famed town in which the visionary had an enormous impact and left an indelible mark.

Jobs was a major power player in the entertainment world, still serving on Disney’s board of directors in his later days, where he continued to be integral in guiding Disney and Pixar's animation decisions.

The inimitable icon is responsible for changing the landscape of the movie business. In 1986 he purchased a technology company, The Graphics Group, from a division of Lucasfilm Ltd. for $10 million. The company underwent a name change and emerged as Pixar.

After years of failure as a specialty computer firm, a deal was worked out with Disney to produce a number of computer-animated films. The first movie, "Toy Story," the computer-animated Pixar film of 1995, was a financial and critically acclaimed success. Jobs is credited as an executive producer.

Pixar became a powerhouse of quality feature films under the direction of an additional creative visionary, John Lasseter, with titles that include "A Bug's Life," "Monsters, Inc.," "Finding Nemo," "The Incredibles," "Cars," "Ratatouille," "WALL-E," "Up," "Toy Story 2," and " Toy Story 3."

The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences actually came up with a new award for Pixar's high-quality content, the Best Animated Feature. "Finding Nemo," "The Incredibles," "Ratatouille," "WALL-E," "Up," and "Toy Story 3" all brought Oscars to Jobs's company.

After Bob Iger replaced Michael Eisner as Disney chief, Pixar was acquired by Disney for an estimated $7.4 billion, making Jobs the largest single shareholder of a Hollywood institution.

Heartfelt tributes in the form of statements, comments, and tweets have been pouring onto the Internet from the Hollywood community as cataloged by Us Weekly and media outlets around the world.

"Steve Jobs was the greatest inventor since Thomas Edison. He put the world at our fingertips," noted filmmaker Steven Spielberg.

Fellow moviemaker George Lucas said, “The magic of Steve was that while others simply accepted the status quo, he saw the true potential in everything he touched and never compromised on that vision. He leaves behind an incredible family and a legacy that will continue to speak to people for years to come.”

"I never thought I could be so busted up about the loss of someone I never met. #stevejobs. Sending love & light to everyone @Apple & the entire Jobs family. Today we lost a Giant who will be missed even by those who didn't know him," actor Ashton Kutcher tweeted.

"Rest in peace, Steve Jobs. Your genius will live on for generations to come...," actor Neil Patrick Harris shared.

Television host Ellen DeGeneres tweeted, “He was an amazing man with an incredible vision. He changed the world.”

"Sad about Steve Jobs. On par with Henry Ford, Carnegie and Edison," actor Alec Baldwin said

"Thank you, Steve Jobs, for all of the fun and amazing ways you made our lives better....Sent from my iPhone," comic Jimmy Fallon fondly quipped.

Actor Charlize Theron stated simply, "RIP Steve Jobs, a true visionary."

© 2015 Newsmax. All rights reserved.

Around the Web
Join the Newsmax Community
Please review Community Guidelines before posting a comment.
>> Register to share your comments with the community.
>> Login if you are already a member.
blog comments powered by Disqus
Zip Code:
Privacy: We never share your email.
Hot Topics
Follow Newsmax
Like us
on Facebook
Follow us
on Twitter
Add us
on Google Plus
You May Also Like

Kentucky Senator Brandon Smith Wants Out of DUI With Immunity Law

Friday, 23 Jan 2015 19:20 PM

Kentucky state Senator Brandon Smith, arrested earlier this month on a DUI charge, is making an effort to get the charge . . .

School Bus Pentagram? Woman Outraged Over Satanic Brake Light Symbol

Friday, 23 Jan 2015 18:53 PM

A Tennessee woman is outraged after spotting what she says is a satanic pentagram formed by the brake lights on a school . . .

Rapper Tiny Doo May Face Long Jail Sentence Over Lyrics

Friday, 23 Jan 2015 18:10 PM

San Diego rapper Tiny Doo is facing a possible 25-year prison sentence for his violent song lyrics under a little-known  . . .

Top Stories

Newsmax, Moneynews, Newsmax Health, and Independent. American. are registered trademarks of Newsmax Media, Inc. Newsmax TV, and Newsmax World are trademarks of Newsmax Media, Inc.

America's News Page
©  Newsmax Media, Inc.
All Rights Reserved