Jerry Weintraub

Actor, Producer

Born: Brooklyn, New York City, New York, USA


Jerome Charles Jerry Weintraub (September 26, 1937 – July 6, 2015) was an American film producer, talent agent and actor whose television films won him three Emmys.He began his career as a talent agent, having managed relatively unknown singer John Denver in 1970, developing Denvers success through concerts, television specials and film roles, including Oh, God! (1977). Weintraub has been credited with making show business history by being the first to organize and manage large arena concert tours for singers. Among the other performers whose tours he managed were Elvis Presley, Frank Sinatra, The Four Seasons, Neil Diamond, Bob Dylan, and Led Zeppelin and The Carpenters.Following his years as a concert promoter, he began producing films. Among them were director Robert Altmans Nashville (1975), Barry Levinsons Diner (1982), the original version of The Karate Kid (1984) and its 2010 remake, as well as the remake of Oceans Eleven (2001), and its two sequels. Later, Weintraub was executive producer of HBOs series The Brink and HBOs Behind the Candelabra in 2013, which won an Emmy. In 2014, he won another Emmy as co-producer of Years of Living Dangerously, a television documentary about global warming. In 2011, HBO broadcast a television documentary about Weintraubs life, called His Way.

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