Marvin Worth

Last updated

Marvin Worth
Born(1925-06-06)June 6, 1925
Brooklyn, New York
DiedApril 22, 1998(1998-04-22) (aged 72)
Los Angeles, California
Other namesFilm producer, screenwriter, actor
SpouseJoan Worth (ca. 1954 – April 22, 1998)

Marvin Worth (June 6, 1925 – April 22, 1998) was an American film producer, screenwriter and actor. His efforts to bring the biography of Malcolm X to the big screen started in 1967, when he purchased the rights to The Autobiography of Malcolm X , and eventually led to the production of the 1972 documentary, for which he received an Oscar nomination. Later on, he would produce Malcolm X , with director Spike Lee. He was nominated for an Oscar for producing Lenny in 1974.

Contents

Early life and career

Worth's career began at a very early age when he began promoting jazz concerts, which led to relationship with many artists. At one time, he managed the musical careers of Charlie Parker and Billie Holiday. Later, Worth's employment as an agent branched into comedy, and he took on contentious comedian Lenny Bruce. In the 1950s, he forged a partnership with Arne Sultan and began writing material for Bruce. The duo went on to pen the scripts for Three on a Couch and Boys' Night Out and the story for Promise Her Anything . In 1958, Worth won a Peabody Award for his writing on The Steve Allen Show . [1]

In 1971, Worth brought the story of Lenny Bruce to Broadway in the production Lenny, which won a Tony Award for its star, Cliff Gorman.(Internet Broadway Database) [1] [2] In 1974 the movie version of Lenny directed by Bob Fosse was released and received multiple Academy Award nominations. For the remainder of his career, Worth continued to produce biopics including the 1979 film The Rose (loosely based on Janis Joplin), the 1996 television movie Norma Jean & Marilyn , the 1998 television movie Gia , and the 2001 television movie James Dean .

Personal life and death

Worth was married to his wife Joan, an artist, for 44 years. They had three children. [3] On April 22, 1998, Worth died of bronchioloalveolar carcinoma, a form of lung cancer, in Los Angeles. [4]

Selected filmography

He was a producer in all films unless otherwise noted.

Film

YearFilmNotes
1970 Where's Poppa?
1974 Lenny
1977 Fire Sale
1979 The Rose
1980 Up the Academy
1982 Soup for One
1984 Unfaithfully Yours
Rhinestone
Falling in Love
1987 Less than Zero
Uncredited
1988 Patty Hearst
1989 See No Evil, Hear No Evil
1990 Flashback
1992 Malcolm X
1996 Diabolique Final film as a producer
As an actor
YearFilmRole
1977 Fire Sale Milton
As writer
YearFilmNotes
1962 Boys' Night Out
1965 Promise Her Anything
1966 Three on a Couch
1979 The Rose
Uncredited
1989 See No Evil, Hear No Evil
Miscellaneous crew
YearFilmRole
1984 Rhinestone Presenter

Television

YearTitleCreditNotesOther notes
1966 Vacation Playhouse
1971The SheriffExecutive producerTelevision film
1979 Where's Poppa? Executive producerTelevision pilot
1992 Running Mates Television film
1996 Norma Jean & Marilyn Executive producerTelevision film
1998 Gia Executive producerTelevision film
Criminal LawTelevision film
2001 James Dean Executive producer
Uncredited
Television film
As writer
YearTitleNotes
1956 Stanley
Washington Square
1957The Polly Bergen Show
General Motors 50th Anniversary Show Television special
1958 The Dinah Shore Chevy Show
1959−60 The Steve Allen Show
1960The Chevy Show
1961The New Steve Allen Show
1962The Steve Allen Playhouse
1963−64 The Judy Garland Show
1965 Get Smart
1966The Milton Berle Show
Script and continuity department
YearTitle
1963 The Judy Garland Show
Thanks
YearTitleRoleNotes
1993But... SeriouslyThanksDocumentary

Award nominations

YearAwardResultCategoryFilm or series
1973 Academy Award Nominated Best Documentary, Features Malcolm X(Shared with Arnold Perl)
1975 Best Picture Lenny
1998 Emmy Award Outstanding Made for Television Movie Gia(Shared with James D. Brubaker, David R. Ginsburg, and Ilene Kahn)
1985 Golden Raspberry Award Worst Picture Rhinestone (Shared with Howard Smith)

Related Research Articles

<i>All That Jazz</i> (film) 1979 film directed by Bob Fosse

All That Jazz is a 1979 American musical drama film directed by Bob Fosse. The screenplay, by Robert Alan Aurthur and Fosse, is a semi-autobiographical fantasy based on aspects of Fosse's life and career as a dancer, choreographer and director. The film was inspired by Fosse's manic effort to edit his film Lenny while simultaneously staging the 1975 Broadway musical Chicago. It borrows its title from the Kander and Ebb tune "All That Jazz" in that production.

<span class="mw-page-title-main">Ira Levin</span> American novelist, playwright (1929–2007)

Ira Marvin Levin was a Jewish-American novelist, playwright, and songwriter. His most popular works are the novels A Kiss Before Dying (1953), Rosemary's Baby (1967), The Stepford Wives (1972), This Perfect Day (1970) and The Boys from Brazil (1976), as well as the play Deathtrap (1978). Many of his novels and plays have been adapted into successful films.

<i>Malcolm X</i> (1992 film) 1992 American biographical film directed by Spike Lee

Malcolm X is a 1992 American epic biographical drama film about the African-American activist Malcolm X. Directed and co-written by Spike Lee, the film stars Denzel Washington in the title role, as well as Angela Bassett, Albert Hall, Al Freeman Jr., and Delroy Lindo. Lee has a supporting role, while Black Panther Party co-founder Bobby Seale, the Rev. Al Sharpton, and future South African president Nelson Mandela make cameo appearances. It is the second of four film collaborations between Washington and Lee.

<span class="mw-page-title-main">Barry Levinson</span> American filmmaker, and actor

Barry Lee Levinson is an American filmmaker, comedian and actor. Levinson's best-known works are mid-budget comedy drama and drama films such as Diner (1982); The Natural (1984); Good Morning, Vietnam (1987); Bugsy (1991); and Wag the Dog (1997). He won the Academy Award for Best Director for Rain Man (1988). In 2021, he co-executive produced the Hulu miniseries Dopesick and directed the first two episodes.

<span class="mw-page-title-main">Joseph L. Mankiewicz</span> American film director, screenwriter, and producer (1909–1993)

Joseph Leo Mankiewicz was an American film director, screenwriter, and producer. Mankiewicz had a long Hollywood career, and won both the Academy Award for Best Director and the Academy Award for Best Adapted Screenplay in consecutive years for A Letter to Three Wives (1949) and All About Eve (1950), the latter of which was nominated for 14 Academy Awards and won six.

<i>The Boys in the Band</i> (1970 film) 1970 film by William Friedkin

The Boys in the Band is a 1970 American drama film directed by William Friedkin from a screenplay by Mart Crowley, based on Crowley's 1968 Off-Broadway play of the same name. It is among the first major American motion pictures to revolve around gay characters and is often cited as a milestone in the history of queer cinema, and is also thought to be the first mainstream American film to use the swear word "cunt".

<span class="mw-page-title-main">Allan Carr</span> American producer

Allan Carr was an American producer and manager of stage for the screen. Carr was nominated for numerous awards, winning a Tony Award and two People's Choice Awards, and was named Producer of the Year by the National Association of Theatre Owners.

Julius J. Epstein American writer

Julius J. Epstein was an American screenwriter, who had a long career, best remembered for his screenplay, written with his twin brother, Philip, and Howard E. Koch, of the film Casablanca (1942), for which the writers won an Academy Award. It was adapted from an unpublished play, Everybody Comes to Rick's, written by Murray Bennett and Joan Alison.

Albert Horton Foote Jr. was an American playwright and screenwriter. He received Academy Awards for his screenplays for the 1962 film To Kill a Mockingbird, which was adapted from the 1960 novel of the same name by Harper Lee, and his original screenplay for the film Tender Mercies (1983). He was also known for his notable live television dramas produced during the Golden Age of Television.

David Joel Zippel is an American musical theatre lyricist, director and producer.

<span class="mw-page-title-main">Living Doll (song)</span>

"Living Doll" is a song written by Lionel Bart made popular by Cliff Richard and the Shadows in 1959. It was the top selling single in the UK in 1959. It has topped the UK charts twice: in its original version in 1959 and a new version recorded in 1986 in aid of Comic Relief. It is one of the few songs released by an English singer to chart on the American Billboard charts before the British Invasion occurred.

<span class="mw-page-title-main">Cliff Gorman</span> American actor (1936–2002)

Cliff Gorman was an American stage and screen actor. He won an Obie award in 1968 for the stage presentation of The Boys in the Band, and went on to reprise his role in the 1970 film version.

Jonathan Kaplan is an American film producer and director. His film The Accused (1988) earned actress Jodie Foster an Oscar for Best Actress and was nominated for the Golden Bear at the 39th Berlin International Film Festival. His film Love Field (1992) earned actress Michelle Pfeiffer an Oscar nomination for Best Actress and was nominated for the Golden Bear at the 43rd Berlin International Film Festival. Kaplan received five Emmy nominations for his roles directing and producing the television series ER.

<span class="mw-page-title-main">Bo Goldman</span> American screenwriter

Robert "Bo" Goldman is an American screenwriter and playwright. He has received two Academy Awards for his screenplays of One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest (1975) and Melvin and Howard (1980).

David A. Permut is an American film producer. He has worked on dozens of films over 40 years, and has received both Academy and Emmy Awards.

Marvin Minoff was an American film and television producer best known for having produced The Nixon Interviews by British journalist David Frost of former U.S. President Richard Nixon in 1977. Minoff also co-produced, along with his business partner Mike Farrell and others, the 1998 film Patch Adams, starring Robin Williams.

Julian Barry is an American screenwriter and playwright best known for his Oscar-nominated script for the 1974 film Lenny about comedian Lenny Bruce. Barry adapted the script from his successful Broadway play of the same name. The film, directed by Bob Fosse and starring Dustin Hoffman and Valerie Perrine, was nominated for the so-called Oscar Grand Slam, one of some 40 films to be so honored.

Alan Sachs is an executive producer, most well known as producer and co-creator of the TV series Welcome Back Kotter. He formerly managed the band Unlocking the truth.

Arnold Perl was an American playwright, screenwriter, television producer and television writer.

Andrew P. Solt Hungarian-born Hollywood screenwriter

Andrew Peter Solt was a Hungarian-born Hollywood screenwriter for film and television. Born as Endre Peter Strausz, he began his career as a playwright in Budapest. Solt is best known for writing the screenplay for In a Lonely Place (1950), a critically acclaimed film noir directed by Nicholas Ray and starring Humphrey Bogart and Gloria Grahame. The film is on the Time magazine "All-Time 100 Movies" list of greatest films since 1923. In 2007, it was selected for preservation by the National Film Registry of the Library of Congress for being "culturally, historically, or aesthetically significant."

References

  1. 1 2 Oliver, Myrna (April 24, 1998). "Marvin Worth; Producer of 'Lenny,' 'Malcolm X'". The L.A. Times. Retrieved February 9, 2009.
  2. "Cliff Gorman: Dynamic star of 'Lenny' and 'The Boys in the Band'". independent.co.uk. September 16, 2002. Archived from the original on May 2, 2009. Retrieved February 9, 2009.
  3. McLellan, Dennis (December 31, 2006). "Joan Worth, 72; theatrical writer-producer". boston.com. Retrieved February 9, 2009.
  4. Galloway, Doug (April 1998). "Marvin Worth (Writer/producer, age 72)". findarticles.com. Archived from the original on August 12, 2009. Retrieved February 9, 2009.