Sidney Scheinberg, who died Thursday at the age of 84, was not just a movie mogul who teamed with Lew Wasserman to build MCA / Universal into a Hollywood powehouse. He also gave Steven Spielberg his first directing job. It has a lifetime partnership that included the highest-grossing films of the last three decades of the 20th century: Jaws, E.T. The Extra-Terrestrial and Jurassic Park .
Schindler’s List which won seven Oscars in 1994 including the first of Spielberg’s two best director statuettes
Spielberg reacted to tonight’s news of Scheinberg’s passing in a statement through Spielberg’s Amblin Partners:
“My heart is broken at this news,” he said. Had a big personality and a tender heart. He was the tallest most stand up guy I ever knew. He gave birth to my career and made Universal my home. He gave me Jaws, I gave him ET and gave me Schindler’s List. We were a team for 25 years and he was my friend for 50. I have no concept about how to accept that Sid is gone. For the rest of my life I will express him more than I can express. ”Amblin also tweeted out tonight: