Legendary Producer Dead at 77

Jul 7, 2015  •  Post A Comment

One of the most famous Hollywood producers — who found success on television, in film and in music — has died. TMZ.com reports that Jerry Weintraub died Monday in a Santa Barbara hospital. He was 77.

“Weintraub had been in Santa Barbara with family — and multiple sources tell us he died around 12:45 PM while at a hospital in the area. His reps are saying he suffered cardiac arrest,” TMZ reports.

Weintraub was behind blockbuster films including the “Ocean’s 11” remakes and “Karate Kid” movies, and was a three-time Emmy winner, most recently for producing HBO’s “Behind the Candelabra.” He also had a hand in the music careers of Frank Sinatra, Elvis Presley, Bob Dylan, Led Zeppelin and others.

“One of the biggest feathers in his cap was luring Ole Blue Eyes out of retirement. Sinatra actually reached out to Jerry in 1968 … after seeing the success he had guiding Elvis’ career,” TMZ reports.

Weintraub had reportedly been working on a new “Tarzan” movie, due out in 2016.

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