Sid Sheinberg has passed away at the age of 84.

We usually don’t write news on passings, but Sheinberg was very instrumental in the modern success of Universal Studios. Sheinberg, along with Lew Wasserman, oversaw Universal’s growth, which saw the company expand its divisions, including the theme parks.

Sheinberg was the man who gave famed director, Steven Speilberg, his first job. Under his leadership, we saw the release of some of the most influential, and highest-grossing, films of recent decades, including Jaws, E.T., Back to the Future, and Jurassic Park – all films that were a key part of the success of the Universal Studios theme park.

Other films include Schindler’s List, The Sting, American Graffiti, and Out of Africa.

Sheinberg is survived by his wife, former actress and co-star of Jaws, Lorraine Gary, whom he married in 1957; and his two sons, Jonathan and William.