Robert Chartoff
Chartoff in 2003
Robert Irwin Chartoff[1]

(1933-08-26)August 26, 1933
New York City, U.S.
DiedJune 10, 2015(2015-06-10) (aged 81)
EducationUnion College (BA)
Columbia University Law School (JD)
OccupationFilm producer
Years active1967–2015
Spouse(s)Phyllis Raphael
(m. ??; div. ??)
(m. 1970; div. 1983)
[citation needed]
Jenny Weyman
(m. 1992)

Robert Irwin Chartoff (August 26, 1933 – June 10, 2015) was an American film producer and philanthropist.

Early life and education

Chartoff was born on August 26, 1933, in New York City, the son of Bessie and William Chartoff.[1] His family was Jewish.[2][3] He graduated from Union College in 1955, followed by Columbia University Law School.


Chartoff produced more than 30 movies, including the Rocky film series boxing series. He and fellow producer Irwin Winkler won an Academy Award for Best Picture for its 1976 debut film, Rocky.


Chartoff established the RC Charitable Foundation in 1990 to award grants to international schools and other child agencies. He served as its President. The RC Charitable Foundation gives grants awards to the Buddha Educational Trust. He served on the Community Advisory Board of the Younes and Soraya Israel Studies Center at UCLA.[4][5]

Personal life

Chartoff's first wife was Phyllis Raphael, with whom he had three children – Jenifer, William and Julie – before divorcing. In 1970, he married British actress Vanessa Howard, with whom he had one son, Charley. That marriage also ended in divorce. He last married Jenny Weyman, with whom he had one daughter, Miranda. He died at his home in Santa Monica, California, in 2015 from pancreatic cancer, leaving a widow.[6]


He was a producer in all films unless otherwise noted.


Year Film Credit Notes
1967 Point Blank
1968 The Split
1969 They Shoot Horses, Don't They?
1970 Leo the Last
The Strawberry Statement
1971 Believe in Me
The Gang That Couldn't Shoot Straight
1972 The New Centurions
Thumb Tripping
The Mechanic
Up the Sandbox
1974 Busting
The Gambler
1975 Breakout
1976 Rocky
1977 New York, New York
Valentino Executive producer
1978 Comes a Horseman Executive producer
Uncle Joe Shannon
1979 Rocky II
1980 Raging Bull
1981 True Confessions
1982 Rocky III
1983 The Right Stuff
1985 Beer
Rocky IV
1990 Rocky V
1992 Straight Talk
2004 In My Country
2006 Rocky Balboa Executive producer
2010 The Tempest
2011 The Mechanic Executive producer
2013 Ender's Game
2014 A Midsummer Night's Dream Executive producer
The Gambler
2015 Creed Final film as a producer
Year Film Role
2015 Creed In memory of


  1. ^ a b "Robert Chartoff Biography (1933-)". Retrieved October 28, 2018.
  2. ^ Jewish Journal: "Seder by the Sea" by Melanie Chartoff, March 29, 2010
  3. ^ Erens, Patricia The Jew in American Cinema. Indiana University Press, August 1988 ISBN 9780253204936 ISBN 0253204933. p. 392.
  4. ^ Lowe, Kinsey (June 10, 2015). "Robert Chartoff Dies: Producer Of 'Raging Bull,' 'The Right Stuff,' 'Rocky' Was 81". Deadline Hollywood. Retrieved January 15, 2018.
  5. ^ Younes and Soraya Israel Studies Center: Community Advisory Board
  6. ^ Obituary,; accessed June 14, 2015.