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Sidney Sheinberg, Universal Exec Credited With Discovering Steven Spielberg, Dies at 84

Sidney Sheinberg, Universal Exec Credited With Discovering Steven Spielberg, Dies at 84

Sid Sheinberg, the longtime president and chief operating officer of McA and Universal Studios who is also credited for discovering Stephen Spielberg, died Thursday. He was 84.

His son, producer and director Jon Sheinberg, made the news public on Instagram. A cause of death was not disclosed.

“Sadly my dad (Sid Sheinberg) died today,” Jonathan Sheinberg wrote. “He was an amazing man and will be missed very much. We loved him tremendously and will forever miss him.”

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“My heart is broken at this news. For now let me just say that Sid had a big personality and a tender heart,” Spielberg said in a statement through Amblin Entertainment late Thursday. “He was the tallest most stand up guy I ever knew. He gave birth to my career and made Universal my home.

“He gave me ‘Jaws,

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