Thomas Tull at the Maine-Endwell Little League complex on Struble Road in April 2016. [Roger Neel/WNBF News][/caption]

Maine-Endwell High School graduate Thomas Tull has become a powerful figure in Hollywood but he hasn't forgotten his hometown.

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The Endwell native recalled his childhood in Broome County during a live interview Wednesday on WNBF Radio's Binghamton Now program.

Tull has been a high-profile supporter of the Maine-Endwell Little League team, which won the Little League World Series championship game in South Williamsport on Sunday.

Last April, Tull participated in a special ceremony at the Struble Road sports complex used by the Maine-Endwell team. Donations made by Tull helped to fund improvements at the facility. The main field was named in Tull's honor.

During the radio interview, Tull said he was "so proud of these kids and this team and the community" given what was accomplished over the last several months.

Tull recalled growing up in Endwell in what he described as "very modest circumstances."  He noted his mother worked two jobs to make ends meet and he would returns cans to collect the nickel deposits "to try to help out."

Tull said his participation in team sports proved to be an "enormous anchor" during his youth. He played football, basketball and baseball. He recalled the rivalries with Union-Endicott and Johnson City. He also fondly remembered the opportunities to play during the summer with some of the players from rival teams.

When Tull graduated with the Maine-Endwell Class of 1988, he said he was certain he was going to become a lawyer. He said the "furthest thing from his mind" was getting involved in making movies or television shows.

Tull ultimately opted to pursue a career in business that started with a "small chain of Laundromats and an auto repair place." By 2000, Tull founded the company that's known as Legendary Entertainment, which has produced dozens of feature films.

A Chinese conglomerate in January announced it was acquiring Legendary Entertainment for $3.5 billion.

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