The 54-year-old--on the run from the FBI ever since he skipped out in the middle of a 1989 New York court appearance for sex-with-a-minor charges--was found dead December 6 in Montreal, according to wire reports.
It took Canadian authorities until this week to positively identify Macleod's body. The corpse was found near a railway and expressway overpass in a poor Montreal neighborhood. The I.D. finally was made through fingerprints.
What exactly killed Macleod, who has a full producer credit on the 1987 brat-packer-prototype The Pick-Up Artist and an associate producer title on the Dustin Hoffman-Warren Beatty mega-flop Ishtar that same year, isn't yet known.
In fact, police don't even know where the fugitive--a reputed first cousin to Beatty and actress Shirley MacLaine--was residing prior to his death.
"He had a coffee card from Second Cup [a cafe] and a movie ticket stub, but nothing telling us who he is or where he lived," police spokesman Jean-Pierre Levis told Reuters.
The discovery of the producer's body closes the book on a fairly extensive criminal investigation. In 1993, Macleod was indicted in absentia by a U.S. federal grand jury. But his legal troubles go back much further than that.
The Canadian-born Macleod already had a record in Toronto stemming from sex offenses involving children in the 1970s. And in 1989, the Pick-Up Artist producer faced 15 criminal charges from New York state officials for paying inner-city boys in the Bronx and Brooklyn for sex.
It was in the middle of a New York court appearance that year that he left to make a phone call. He never again was seen alive by the feds--or Hollywood.