Me­na­hem Golan dies aged 85

The Irish Times - Friday - The Ticket - - NEWS -

Among all the trib­utes to Robin Wil­liams and Lau­ren Ba­call, the pass­ing of a very dif­fer­ent leg­end went largely un­no­ticed. Me­na­hem Golan, the hugely suc­cess­ful Is­raeli pro­ducer, has passed away in Tel Aviv at the age of 85. Work­ing with his cousin Yo­ram Globus, Me­na­hem de­liv­ered a se­ries of tightly bud­geted, high-end B-movies through­out the 1970s and 1980s. With­out him we might never have had the cur­rent ver­sion of Chuck Nor­ris. The Delta Force, Miss­ing in Ac­tion, In­va­sion USA and Ex­ter­mi­na­tor 2 all emerged un­der the Golan-Globus um­brella.

Me­na­hem also had am­bi­tions as a direc­tor. His ver­sion of Isaac Ba­she­vis Singer’s The Ma­gi­cian of Lublin is worth watch­ing. His take on Crime and Pun­ish­ment fea­tur­ing Crispin Glover is best avoided. It should also be recorded that the Is­raeli moguls also helped pro­duce John Cas­savetes’s Love Streams and An­drei Kon­chalovsky’s Run­away Train. We can use the word “leg­end” with­out fear of hy­per­bole.

The late Me­na­hem Golan, pic­tured at Cannes last May

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