A successful Hollywood manager and producer, known for his role in bringing The Hangover trilogy and We’re the Millers (2013) to the silver screen, has passed away.
JC Spink was found dead on Tuesday in his West Hollywood home at the age of 45, according to the Hollywood Reporter.
Spink was the co-founder of Benderspink, the management-production company responsible for several blockbuster movies over the past two decades.
Chris Bender made up the other half of the founding team. The two both graduated from Lewisburg, Pennsylvania’s Bucknell University and worked together at Zide-Perry Productions in Los Angeles.
They later became roommates and started their own lucrative venture.
We had a third bedroom, and the company just started out of there,’ Spink previously said. ‘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.’
The line of credit wasn’t required for too long, as within their first year of operations they had sold over 20 scripts and helped bring 1999’s American Pie to fruition. That film alone grossed $235 million across the globe.
A few of his many producing credits include The Butterfly Effect (2004), A History of Violence (2005), Cats & Dogs (2001), The Ring (2002) and the Ride Along films.
Spink left Benderspink in May 2016. The duo released a statement about the split on May 17.
‘We started Benderspink in our late 20s almost 18 years ago,’ the pair said.
‘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 also had a guest starring role in two episodes of The Goldbergs, his only acting credits.
The show’s creator, Adam Goldberg, was also a classmate of Spink’s, but from childhood.
‘Ever since we were kids on the school bus, JCwas a passionate, driven and brilliant guy who put his friends first,’ Goldberg said in a statement, as reported by Deadline Hollywood. ‘
He mastered the spec [script sales] game by his 30s, but even more impressive, he gave countless writers a start in the business. One of my best memories on The Goldbergs was when I cast JC to play our angry bus driver from our childhood. It was so surreal and incredibly fun. He really will be missed.’