20 Apr / 2017

J.C. Spink Dies: Producer And Benderspink Co-Founder Was 45

J.C. Spink, the Hollywood film producer one half of the management and production company Benderspink, who was a machine when it came to script sales, has died, it was confirmed by the Medical Examiner. No cause of death was released. He was 45.

Spink and Bender were college roommates who started the management company and built it into a reputable firm before Spink left last May in an acrimonious departure. He and was credited for The Hangover movies and David Cronenberg’s A History Of Violence.

Spink and Benderspink partner Chris Bender dissolved the company after an 18-year run that saw a slew of hits for its swath of A-list writers. He died Tuesday night at his home in West Hollywood, according to his brother Brian. No cause of death was immediately known. We spoke to Spink many times here at Deadline and he was always promoting his clients with passionate enthusiasm. He also liked to live on the edge and in the past had some problems with addiction.

“We started Benderspink in our late 20s almost 18 years ago,” the pair said in a joint statement at the time of the breakup. “We could not be more proud of what we’ve worked on together and are excited for the next chapter in each of our lives.”

Spink’s producer credits included The Hangover and The Ring franchises, We’re The Millers, I Am Number Four, Monster-In-Law, The Butterfly Effect, Cats and Dogs and last year’s Criminal starring Kevin Costner and Ryan Reynolds.

Spink also was an actor, well sort of. He had cameos in two episodes of Adam Goldberg’s The Goldbergs. Spink was also a former schoolmate of Goldberg who had written a character with his name into the show.