George Gund (Producer) is a native of Cleveland who divides his time between San Francisco, New York City and wherever his involvements in the worlds of ice hockey, basketball and independent film take him. An enthusiastic patron of the arts and professional and amateur sports, his interests include producing and distributing international films, scouting the eastern and northern hemispheres for emerging hockey talent, and collecting asian and native american art.
George Gund has imported and distributed Eastern European films since the early 1970's and has been involved with numerous independent film productions both in the United States and abroad. He is also extremely active on the international film festival circuit .
Currently, Mr. Gund is on the board of trustees of the Sundance Institute and a member of the Film Committee of the Museum of Modern Art in New York.
As majority owner of the San Jose Sharks, Mr. Gund introduced hockey to the Internet, making them the first NHL team with a web site.
George Gund III was born on May 7, 1937, in Cleveland, the oldest of six siblings. His mother, the former Jessica Roesler, died in 1954; his father died in 1966. Mr. Gund attended college but did not graduate.
He is survived by his wife, Iara Lee, a filmmaker; his son, George Gund IV; two grandchildren; his brothers Gordon, Graham and Geoffrey, who is president of the Gund Foundation; and his sisters Agnes, the former president of the Museum of Modern Art, and Louise. His son Greg died in a plane crash in Central America in 2005. Two previous marriages ended in divorce.