Movie liaison to government dies

June 12, 2006 at 11:18 PM

SEABROOK ISLAND, S.C., June 12 (UPI) -- John E. Horton, the man movie producers went to when in need of military equipment, died at age 87 earlier this month at his home in South Carolina.

A go-between for the movie industry, Horton gained the approval and support of the Pentagon for the use of submarines and fighter planes for films such as "The Hunt for Red October" and the "Airport" series, The Washington Post reports.

According to a family memoir, Horton's work on the film "Top Gun" extended to working with the real "Top Gun" school's admiral and producer Jerry Bruckheimer in creating actress Kelly McGillis' character in the film.

The Post reports that prior to entering the film industry, Horton served in the U.S. Army, winning a Bronze Star while enlisted, and even acting as a White House military aide during the Truman administration.

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