“Even though Hollywood history is filled with colorful characters, few can match the tale of Evans, whose life would seem far-fetched if it were fiction. With his matinee-idol looks, but little acting talent, Evans was given starring roles in a few movies and then, with no studio experience, was handed the production reins at Paramount in the 1960s. When he left the exec ranks, his first film as a producer was the classic Chinatown, and he followed with other hits, like Marathon Man and Urban Cowboy. Eventually, his distinctive look and speaking style turned him into a cult figure.” Variety: Robert Evans dies at 89.

+ If for some reason you haven’t seen the Robert Evans documentary, The Kid Stays in the Picture, do so immediately. For something a little longer, but equally good, there’s the audiobook read by Evans.