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Hollywood Film Producer J.C. Spink Dead At 45 (Photo)

| by Jonathan Constante

Hollywood film producer J.C. Spink has died at age 45.

Spink died at his West Hollywood home on April 18, according to The Hollywood Reporter. The cause of death is unknown at this time and autopsy is being performed, Spink's brother, Brian, said.

Spink founded management production company Benderspink with Chris Bender, a friend from college. They were behind critically acclaimed movies "The Hangover," "We're the Millers" and "A History Violence," which earned him a Golden Globe nomination.

Bender and Spink graduated from Bucknell University in Lewisburg, Pennsylvania. They got their start as assistants at management production company Zide-Perry Productions before starting their own company in 1998.

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The duo worked out of a house they shared in West Hollywood.

"Chris and I were roommates," Spink previously said. "We had a third bedroom, and the company just started out of there. I think it probably cost $35,000 a year or $40,000 a year to run it. We were just putting it on credit cards."

In less than a year, Benderspink sold more than 20 scripts. They also helped set up "American Pie" in 1999. The film would go on to gross $225 million worldwide.

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Benderspink kept the momentum going by signing a first-look production deal with New Line Cinema. The company also specialized in spec scripts. Spink and Bender played a major role in generating huge sales for scripts that ended up becoming movies, such as "Cats & Dogs," "The Ring," "Monster-in-Law" and "We’re the Millers."

In their two-decade run, Spink racked up credits for other classic movies such as the "Hangover" trilogy, "The Butterfly Effect," the "Ride Along" movies and "The Incredible Burt Wonderstone."

Spink and Bender ran Benderspink for 18 years before parting ways in May 2016. The split was not amicable, reports Deadline.

“We started Benderspink in our late 20s almost 18 years ago,” the duo said in a joint statement at the time, according to Deadline. “We could not be more proud of what we’ve worked on together and are excited for the next chapter in each of our lives.”

Spink earned a reputation as a fast-talking hustler who liked to work behind the scenes and live large. He was described as "a quick-witted, hard-boozing loose cannon reminiscent of Chris Farley who last year got into a fist fight at an industry beer-pong tournament," in a 2006 story for Esquire

Spink also spent some time in front of the camera, making surprise cameo appearances. He was featured in the ABC comedy series "The Goldbergs" as a bus driver.

Sources: The Hollywood Reporter, Deadline / Photo credit: Kenneth Lu/Flickr, WebN

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