Alan Ladd Jr. visited students at New York Film Academy’s Los Angeles location on October 25, 2011, following a screening of Thelma & Louise.

One of the industry’s most respected executives, Ladd was formerly the president of Twentieth Century Fox, overseeing such box office blockbusters as Star WarsAlien, and Young Frankenstein.

After leaving the Fox to form The Ladd Company, he found success with the Oscar winners The Right Stuff and Chariots of Fire. During his later tenure at MGM/UA, he enjoyed hits with A Fish Called WandaMoonstruck, and Thelma & Louise. Ladd reformed the Ladd Company with Paramount Pictures in 1993 where he produced the hits “The Brady Bunch Movie” and Best Picture winner, “Braveheart.”

The soft-spoken legend, son of actor Alan Ladd Sr., told stories about growing up in a home where Cary Grant and Gary Cooper were regular visitors.