In this Jan. 24, 2012 file photo, the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences President Tom Sherak is seen before the start of the Academy nominations for the 84th Annual Academy Awards, in Beverly Hills, Calif. (AP Photo/Matt Sayles, File)
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Tom Sherak, the former president of the Academy of Motion Pictures Arts and Sciences, died on Tuesday after a long struggle with prostate cancer, his family said in a statement.Sherak served as president of the Academy, which organizes Hollywood's annual Oscars ceremony, from 2009 to 2012 .Sherak was an executive with 20th Century Fox for 17 years, and until 2000 was chairman of the studio's domestic film group, overseeing the distribution of such high-profile films as "Titanic," "Alien" and "Die Hard".Sherak left Fox in 2000 to become a partner with former Disney film chairman Joe Roth in Revolution Studios, a startup film studio.
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