Fred Roos, renowned for his contributions to iconic films like “The Godfather Part II” and “Apocalypse Now,” passed away at the age of 89. His extensive collaboration with director Francis Ford Coppola spanned numerous projects, including his role as casting director for “American Graffiti” and his involvement in casting stars like Tom Cruise, Jack Nicholson, Carrie Fisher, and Richard Dreyfuss.

Roos’s impact extended beyond casting, as he played a pivotal role in shaping the careers of budding talents, including Sofia Coppola. His most recent project, “Megalopolis,” premiered at the Cannes Film Festival, highlighting his continued influence in the industry.

Additionally, Roos played a significant part in the casting of the original “Star Wars” film, persuading George Lucas to consider a young actor named Harrison Ford for a role. Ford’s subsequent success in the franchise is a testament to Roos’s keen eye for talent.

Roos’s passing comes shortly after the death of Roger Corman, a legendary figure in independent filmmaking. Corman’s groundbreaking work in the 1970s paved the way for television’s golden age, launching the careers of actors like Robert De Niro, Bruce Dern, and Ellen Burstyn. Corman’s innovative approach to filmmaking, despite limited budgets, earned him an honorary Oscar in 2009 and cemented his legacy as a trailblazer in the industry.