Throughout his long career, Golan produced more than 200 movies and directed a fourth of them. But while others attended the
It was the 1987 film "Bloodsport" that he produced that introduced American audiences to the face — and kicks — of a then-unknown
"Schlock is entertainment for the masses," he told The Associated Press in 1985. "It's fantasy. Storytelling without challenging the mind too much."
Golan, who died Friday, is survived by his wife and three children.
Born in pre-state
Along with his cousin and partner
"The Delta Force," perhaps the most famous film Golan directed and produced, also was inspired by real-life events, based on the 1985 hijacking of a TWA jet to
"Menahem's faith in me as an actor was the real reason for the breakthrough of my movie career," Norris told the Israeli YNet news site.
"Golan was a colorful and special person who will forever be remembered in Israeli culture as one who cultivated Israeli actors and was, and always will be, a cinematic hero," she said.
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