Duncan Henderson Dies: Oscar-Nominated Producer, Longtime DGA Board Member & Frank Capra Award Recipient Was 72

Duncan HendersonOscar-Nominated Producer of Peter Weir master and Commander: The Far Side of the Worlda long time DGA National board member and recipient of the Guild’s Frank Capra Achievement Award has died of pancreatic cancer. He was 72 years old.

Henderson was nominated for an Oscar in the Best Picture category in 2004 master and Commander. The veteran producer, unit production manager and assistant director had served on the DGA National Board continuously since 2005, winning eight consecutive elections.

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“It’s hard to say how much Duncan means to the DGA and its fellow members,” DGA President Leslie Linka Glatter said on Thursday. “His love for his Guild and its members is through his outstanding leadership and 16 years of service as a Board member, as a long-time member of the Western AD/UPM Council, as a Council President including tenure, and shone brightly as a five-time member of the DGA Negotiating Committee. Additionally, Duncan was proud to give back to the organization that helped bring him into the industry and to the guild, DGA-Producers since 2004 The Assistant Director was serving as a trustee on the training program. Our thoughts are with Duncan’s wife Michelle, their children Jessica. Ian, Fiona and Ivy, and their many colleagues and friends. He will be deeply missed.”

Henderson had an illustrious career in film with credits including a DGA Award-nominated master and Commander And dead Poets Society, Wolfgang Petersen perfect storm And the outbreak, Chris Columbus’ Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone And home alone 2, Joseph Kosinski oblivion, and Malcolm D. Lee’s Space Jam: A New Legacy, Before becoming UPM, Henderson worked as an assistant director on John Cassavetes’ features. big dilemma for Sylvester Stallone Rocky IV, As a DGA intern, Henderson worked on projects including Paul Schrader american gigolo and Michael Cimino’s heaven’s door,

“A DGA member for over 40 years, Duncan’s level of passion, service and commitment was beyond exemplary – and for this we honored him with the Frank Capra Achievement Award in 2020 as a mark of his extraordinary dedication,” Glatter he said. “No matter how big the movie is” Perfect Storm, Home Alone 2 or DGA- and Academy Award-nominated features Master and Commander: The Far Side of the World And dead Poets SocietyDuncan was always available as a leader, a mentor and a friend. He gave the same kind of advice and thoughtful consideration to award-winning directors and production assistants on their first industry job. ,

When asked about his long-time commitment to the Guild, Henderson said upon receiving the Frank Capra Award that “I was—like all my compatriots at the DGA—busy. At some point I realized that the other members who were my As busy as I was, taking time out to contribute to the guild with his service. I decided to follow his lead and join the AD/UPM council. It was one of the best decisions I’ve ever made It expanded the whole scope of my motion picture career.”