Veteran director Richard Fleischer
died on Saturday of natural causes at the Motion Picture And Television Hospital in Los Angeles. He was 89. The 20,000 Leagues Under The Sea
movie-maker's death has sparked a flurry of tributes from Hollywood's finest - including California governor Arnold Schwarzenegger
, who worked with Fleischer on 1984's Conan The Destroyer
. Schwarzenegger says, "(He was) a true Hollywood legend. He was a man of great talent and an extraordinary director." Fleischer was born into a showbiz family - his father, Max Fleischer
, was the animator behind Betty Boop and Popeye. Starting off making B-movies in the late 1940s, Fleischer quickly made a name for himself, going on to direct hits including Tora! Tora! Tora!
, the Charles Bronson
-starring Mr. Majestyk
, and Doctor Dolittle
with Rex Harrison
- although he admitted the famously unpopular Harrison needed "a swift kick in the head." Fleischer is survived by his wife Mary, their three children and five grandchildren.