Saturday, February 19, 2011
RIP Walter Seltzer
Seltzer was a publicist for films like Mutiny on the Bounty and Marty, and as part of MGM's publicity team, fed stories to gossip columnists about stars like Clark Gable and Joan Crawford.
In the '60s and '70s, he produced films for Marlon Brando and Charleton Heston's production companies, including Soylent Green, The Omega Man, Shake Hands With the Devil and One-Eyed Jacks.
Seltzer's work on behalf of the Motion Picture and Television Fund, which cares for aging industry employees at its retirement home, took off in earnest by the '80s. He helped raise $60 million for the cause and was awarded its Silver Medallion for humanitarian achievement in 1986.
In an interview, Seltzer said, "I am proud that the Motion Picture & Television Fund is still around and is still serving the industry we all love. I hope that, in the future, it will continue to be underwritten by industry companies as well as individuals and generous corporations, so we can continue to provide unique services for our unique industry."
Born: 11/7/1914, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, U.S.A.
Died: 2/18/2011, Woodland Hills, California, U.S.A.
Walter Seltzer's westerns - producer:
One-Eyed Jacks - 1961 [executive producer]
Will Penny - 1968 [producer]
The Last Hard Men - 1976 [producer]