INTERVIEW WITH REUBEN CANNON LEGENDARY PRODUCER
Reuben Cannon is a legendary Hollywood producer. For more than thirty years he has managed to navigate the peculiarities of Hollywood to cast and produce hundreds of films. Beginning in the mailroom at a major studio, he later launched the careers of Oprah Winfrey, Bruce Willis, Danny Glover, Michael J. Fox and many more.
During our interview at the Spelman College Arts & Entertainment Summit, I asked Reuben, now 71, how an African American man who began in an inner-city housing project in Chicago managed to navigate the Hollywood waters and remain relevant for over thirty years.
The short answer is that he has a deep belief in God and a strong work ethic.
More than the television shows and films that he has cast or produced, Reuben is most proud of how he has mentored people who have become successful in the industry. His face lit up with memories.
What a beautiful spirit.
It was an honor to interview him.