“He who carves himself to suit everyone whittles himself away” a credo exemplifying Ruddy’s belief in remaining true to his own instincts which are shown through his consistent ability to spot promising material and creative talent. Ruddy, born 1930 in Canada, got his start in 1965 by pitching an original, yet offbeat, television idea. After succeeding in television, Ruddy decided to try his luck at movies, he cast an unknown Robert Redford in LITTLE FAUSS and BIG HALSY, this film led to his involvement in THE GODFATHER for which he won the best picture Oscar in 1972. His cult-classicTHE LONGEST YARD was one of the highest grossing films of its time and further successes secured Ruddy’s continued respect in the industry. He won the picture Oscar for MILLION DOLLAR BABY in 2004. In addition to the two Oscars, Ruddy’s commitments have brought him two Golden Globes, three Festival Lifetime Achievement awards and the National Association of Theater Owners’ Producer of the Year Award.