Thursday, July 1, 2010

RIP Elliott Kastner

Producer Elliott Kastner dies
Worked on 'Where Eagles Dare,' 'Long Goodbye'

Elliott Kastner, the American producer of films including "Where Eagles Dare," died June 30. He was 80.

Producer's death, confirmed by attorney Thierry Cagianut in Switzerland, comes after Kastner had struggled with cancer for the last eight years.

Beginning his career in showbiz as a talent agent at MCA, Kastner transitioned into producing the 1960s with "Bus Riley's Back in Town." With Winkast Film Prods., the Pinewood Studios-based shingle in which he was a partner with Jerry Gershwin, he went on to produce movies including "Where Eagles Dare" (1965), the first of three adaptations of Alistair MacLean novels, along with "Eight Bells Toll" (1971) and "Breakheart Pass" (1975).

Kastner is also well-known for his film versions of Raymond Chandler novels, "The Long Goodbye" (1971), "Farewell, My Lovely" (1975) and "The Big Sleep" (1978).

More recent producing credits include "Angel Heart" (1987), "Sweet November" (2001) and "Opa!" (2005).

Over the duration of his long career in the film industry, Kastner has worked with actors including Robert Mitchum, Marlon Brando, Richard Burton and Anthony Hopkins, among many others.

He is survived by his wife and two children, as well as three stepchildren, two of whom, film agent Cassian Elwes and actor Cary Elwes, are in the film industry.

Born: 1/7/1930, New York City, New York, U.S.A.
Died: 6/30/2010, U.S.A.

Elliott Kastner's westerns - producer:
Cry for Me, Billy - 1972
Rancho Delux - 1975
Breakheart Pass - 1975
The Missouri Breaks - 1976
Mr. Horn (TV) - 1979
Frank & Jesse - 1995

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