Statements By Robert A. Iger And Dick Cook On The Passing Of Jack Valenti

Robert A. Iger, president and CEO of The Walt Disney Company
Jack was one of a kind. He was not only an incredible champion for the movie industry, but a man of great intelligence, integrity and humor with an uncanny ability to turn great thoughts into great words. The love he had for his family, his country and the industry was extraordinary. He will be missed by all those who knew him.

Dick Cook, chairman, The Walt Disney Studios
All of us in the motion picture industry owe a tremendous debt of gratitude to Jack Valenti and mourn his passing. For nearly four decades, he faithfully and vigorously protected the rights of the film community, and was the most eloquent spokesperson that Hollywood ever could have hoped for. In addition to his role in creating the film rating system, he sought to protect intellectual properties and ensure that new technologies had the proper and necessary safeguards. Jack was a legendary figure whose wisdom and influence benefited Hollywood and the world. On a personal note, I considered him a friend and mentor. Our sympathies go out to Mary Margaret and his family. Hollywood has lost one of its greatest friends and supporters