Hol­ly­wood pro­ducer Jerry Wein­traub dies

The Guardian (Charlottetown) - - OBITUARIES -

One of the last of the clas­sic Hol­ly­wood show­men, Jerry Wein­traub built his show busi­ness em­pire on a Rolodex and chutz­pah.

The Brook­lyn-born son of a Bronx jeweler, Wein­traub rose from the mail­room of a tal­ent agency to be­come a top con­cert pro­moter be­fore shift­ing into a decades-long ca­reer as a top Hol­ly­wood pro­ducer.

Along the way, Wein­traub worked with the most fa­mous of stars - Elvis Pres­ley, Frank Si­na­tra, Ge­orge Clooney, Brad Pitt - and was a close friend of for­mer Pres­i­dent Ge­orge H.W. Bush.

He rel­ished his in­sider sta­tus, just as they sa­vored the sto­ries that ea­gerly poured out of him.

Wein­traub, the dy­namic pro­ducer and man­ager who pushed the ca­reer of John Den­ver and pro­duced such hits movies as “Nashville,” ”Karate Kid“and ”Ocean's Eleven,“died Mon­day in Santa Bar­bara, Cal­i­for­nia. He was 77.

A pub­li­cist for Wein­traub said he died of car­diac ar­rest.

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