Vajna produced 59 films in all, including the
1996 Evita starring Madonna and Sylvester Stallone's first three
He was born in Budapest in 1944 and at the age of 12, when
Hungary's 1956 revolution against Soviet rule was crushed, he
fled the country and emigrated to Canada with the help of the
Red Cross. He was reunited with his family in Los Angeles.
His 1997 comedy, based on a play titled Out of Order by English
playwright Ray Cooney, holds the record for ticket sales among
Hungarian movies produced over the past two decades.
Since 2011, he had worked as a government commissioner under
Prime Minister Viktor Orban, presiding over a revival of
"We are bidding farewell to the greatest Hungarian film
producer. Hasta la vista, Andy! Thank You for everything, my
Friend!" Orban said on his Facebook page.
Movies during his term as commissioner won hundreds of
international awards. They included "Son of Saul", which won an
Oscar for its portrayal of life in a Nazi concentration camp.
As part of Orban's efforts to expand his influence over the
domestic media, Vajna also acquired one of Hungary's main
commercial television channels and had stakes in the commercial
(Reporting by Gergely Szakacs; editing by John Stonestreet)
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