If you consider yourself a movie buff, fan or cinephiles, then you would know the name Jerry Weintraub. The bigger-than-life producer passed away after cardiac arrest on Monday in Santa Barbara. He was 77.
His career spanned more than 50 years in the entertainment industry starting as a concert promoter for such acts as Elvis Presley, Frank Sinatra, Bob Dylan, the Beach Boys and so many more. He made a career change when he met Robert Altman and the pair went on to create Nashville and won five Academy Awards in 1975.
Even if you do not know the name, you definitely know his movies. He produced films like Diner, Oh, God!, Cruising, and The Karate Kid sequels. Most recently he produced Behind the Candelabra, The Brink for HBO and was producing the upcoming HBO series remake Westworld.
In 2011, he was the subject of a documentary, His Way, for HBO. He produced and made a cameo in the three Ocean’s movies, as well as produced the remake of The Karate Kid.
He was a bigger than life character and definitely had a lifestyle that provide it. He had as many failures as he had successes but his loss will forever be felt. Funeral services are expected to be private. He will be missed.