Mace Neufeld, the producer whose star-driven action films were blockbusters, died in his sleep overnight at his home in Beverly Hills, his family told Deadline. He was 93.
He was at his zenith in the ’90s when, with partner Bob Rehme, he formed Neufeld/Rheme and produced a string of blockbusters such as The Hunt for Red October, Patriot Games, Beverly Hills Cop III and Clear and Present Danger. Rehme eventually left the partnership to become President of the Academy, and Nuefeld carried on with his Mace Neufeld Productions banner.
Neufeld made his mark after the partnership ended, as well. From the late ’90s through 2018, he produced The Saint, Invictus with Clint Eastwood, Jack Ryan: Shadow Recruit, The Equalizer and Equalizer 2, both starring Denzel Washington and Tom Clancy’s Jack Ryan for TV.
He began his career as an agent before moving on to TV production with shows like The Captain and Tennille in the early ’70s. He broke into film with The Omen for 20th Century Fox. The horror hit spawned a series of film and TV projects that ran through the made-for-TV movie Omen IV: The Awakening in 1991, which Neufeld EP’d.