Menahem Golan Dead: Filmmaker Introduced America To Jean-Claude Van Damme

Veteran Israeli producer and director Menahem Golan has died at the age of 85, according to a report from The Associated Press, via New York Daily News.

Having produced more than 200 films in his lifetime, Golan made his name known to the world for bringing macho man action movies to the big screen in the 1980s. Some of Golan’s producing credits include Masters of the Universe, which was the first starring role for Dolph Lundgren; Revenge of the Ninja; the second through fifth entries in Charles Bronson’s Death Wish franchise; and Bloodsport, which introduced Americans to Jean-Claude Van Damme.

Menahem Golan’s directing credits included the Chuck Norris and Lee Marvin-starring The Delta Force and the Sylvester Stallone-starring Over the Top. Golan was a man known for bringing everyone schlock, which he called “entertainment for the masses.”

“It’s fantasy – storytelling without challenging the mind too much,” Golan added.