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Legendary 'Superman' Producer -- Missing In Mexico

2/2/2011 3:30 PM PST BY TMZ STAFF

Ilya Salkind -- the man responsible for bringing "Superman" to the big screen back in 1978 -- has been reported "missing" in Mexico City by the people closest to him ... TMZ has learned.

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The 63-year-old -- who was born in Mexico City -- had traveled south of the border to handle a property he inherited from his mother who passed away a few years ago.

Friends of Salkind tell us ... members of Ilya's staff last saw the legendary producer at his estate in Mexico on Sunday as he was on his way to "handle some errands and get some dental work done."

However, Salkind has not returned -- and yesterday, his friends filed a missing persons report with Mexican authorities.

Salkind's credited with securing the rights for a live-action Superman movie back in 1974 -- and served as Executive Producer on Superman I, II, III.

UPDATE: Ilya's friends have already launched a website to help track him down.

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likeomg    

This is scary. I was just reading about the Superman curse on Wikipedia. I guess it got him.

1270 days ago
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kailkid    

going to get some dental work done in mexico??? idk but sounds a little fishy to me

1270 days ago
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R    

Is "dental work" code for something else?

1270 days ago
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stumpy    

Who goes to Mexico even those born there are
fighting to leave with the drug gangs
killing anyone they want why take the chance?

1270 days ago
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HarlotO'Hara    

This is scary. I was just reading about the Superman curse on Wikipedia. I guess it got him.

Posted at 10:52 AM on Feb 2, 2011 by likeomg

what superman curse?

1270 days ago
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kailkid    

umm no, but what rich american would get dental work or any other medical services done in mexico...

1270 days ago
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kailkid    

ok... i didnt notice that he was born im mexica, but still, not sure about it

1270 days ago
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PETER LEE    

Maybe he should of watched Man on Fire or watch the Mexican News to realize to GTFO of Mexico.

1270 days ago
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royalredus    

The last sentence of this article says "both Superman I, II, and III". Both?

1270 days ago
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Rachel Rothechild    

TMZ where in Mexico? Is the superman curse like the Twlight Zone, Crow and Poltergiest curse? What is interesting certain folks are missing, being murdered, auto accident tied to the California and the entertainment industry.

1270 days ago
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Rachel Rothechild    

The question is who inherits the estate and who will eventually get the rights to Superman he aquired?
As Latoya says "follow the money."

1270 days ago
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BurstofPureNRG    

Mexico is NOT the place you wanna be right now. Not if you ever want to return home. I'm just sayin.

1270 days ago
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Tammy    

This isn't a mystery here; it's a crime. Additionally as he was a Mexican and it happene in Mexico, it really is none of the USA's business. I want the USA to start dealing with the crimes that are committed against Americans!

1270 days ago
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TMZ dont like me    

If the cartel thugs are willing to kill a female U.S. missionary for her pickup truck without hesitation, hate to find out what the outcome to this one will be....

1270 days ago
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LAWRENCE    

It's time the United States made one of two choices. Legalize marijuana and put these dangerous losers out of business or tell Mexico to clean up that mess or were going to clean it up for them. There's no reason there should be such a threat on our borders. We fight threats half way around the world but ignore the big one in our own backyard. Times up Mexico, time to clean up your side of the street.

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