A veteran producer who received nominations for an Oscar and an Emmy during his career in Hollywood has died, according to The Hollywood Reporter. Marc Merson was 82.
Merson’s feature film producing credits included "The Heart Is a Lonely Hunter" in 1968 and "Leadbelly," about the life of iconic U.S. folk and blues musician Huddie Ledbetter, in 1976.
He received an Oscar nomination in 1970 for the short film "People Soup," and an Emmy nomination for his work on the anthology series "ABC Stage 67," with the episode "The Love Song of Barney Kempinski," starring Alan Arkin, nominated for outstanding dramatic program.
Arkin also appeared in "The Heart Is a Lonely Hunter," produced by Merson, in a performance that gave the actor the second of his four Oscar nominations, the piece notes.
Merson produced the 1970s CBS drama series "Kaz," about a car thief turned lawyer. Also in the 1970s he produced a number of TV movies, including "Moe and Joe" (1974), "Hickey" (1976) and "Riding High" (1977).
His last credit was as an executive producer on "Doc Hollywood," a 1991 feature starring Michael J. Fox. He later turned his attention to organizing Eco Expo, a national environmental consumer trade show, the piece notes.