Jerry Weintraub, whose colorful music and movie career is forever linked to Bob Dylan and The Karate Kid, has died. He was 77.
Weintraub was a close confident of former US president George H.W. Bush, whom he met through his wife, singer Jane Morgan.
He was not shy to relish his Hollywood and Washington connection and its attendant perks.
Yahoo News is reporting that Weintraub had been in poor health before his death in Palm Springs on Monday, two months short of his next birthday.
As a movie mogul, first under billionaire investor Kirk Kerkorian and later in his own right, Weintraub made such films as the George Clooney hit Ocean’s Eleven and The Specialist starring Sylvester Stallone.
He also packaged television specials featuring John Denver, whose 1974 Rocky Mountain Christmas special won an Emmy, Neil Diamond, Frank Sinatra, the Carpenters and Pat Boone.
As a music impressario, he helped promote and manage Dylan and Led Zepellin in the 1970s before moving into film production with Robert Altman’s Nashville and later such hits as Oh, God! and The Karate Kid series.
Weintraub raised and borrowed US$500 million to create the Weintraub Entertainment Group, an independent production company that went bankrupt after three years.
He then jumped over to Warner Bros. as a producer on such films as The Specialist, starring Sylvester Stallone.
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