Jerry Weintraub promoted concerts of many artists including Elvis Presley and Frank Santra and produced films like Karate Kid, Ocean's Eleven, The Specialist and Vegas Vacation
Jerry Weintraub, the producer of Karate Kid and Ocean’s Eleven series, died at the age of 77.
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He suffered a cardiac arrest on Monday in Santa Barbara, California, the death is confirmed by his publicist.
George Clooney, who starred in Ocean Eleven series, was among the actors who paid the tribute to Weinstraub.
“In the coming days, there will be tributes about over friend Jerry Weinturb,” Clooney said in a statement to Variety. “We’ll laugh at his great stories and applaud his accomplishments. And in the years to come the stories and accomplishment will get better with age, just as Jerry would have wanted it. But not today. Today our friend died. To his family and friends, Amal (wife) and I send our love. And to those who didn’t know him we send our deepest sympathy. You would have loved him.”
Born in Brooklyn, New York, Jerry Weintraub, has been around in the entertainment industry for more than five decades. He started off as a promoter and went on to manage musical acts of singers like Elves Presley, Neil Diamond, Frank Santra, John Denver, Led Zeppelin band and The Moody Blues. Jerry Weintraub founded his own production company Weintraub Entertainment Group in 1987.
Weintraub found a greater success and fame in film production. He was best known for producing films like Karate Kid and Ocean’s Eleven, featuring Brad Pitt, George Clooney, Andy Garcia, Matt Damon and Julia Roberts. His other notable credits include Happy New Year (1987), The Specialist (1994), Vegas Vacation (1997), Soldier (1998), The Avengers (1998) and Nancy Drew (2007).
Jerry Weintraub won three Emmy Awards in his career, one of them was for 2013 drama film “Behind the Candelabar” starring Matt Damon and Michael Douglas. He also received a star on Hollywood Walk of Fame, making him one of first independent producers to achieve this honor. Weintraub’s memoir, which was titled “When I Stop Talking, You’ll Know I’m Dead” was published in 2010.
Apart from producing, Weintraub occasionally made onscreen appearances as well, especially in all three films of Ocean’s Eleven series as Denny Shields, a high-roller gambler and Gilly from Philly in “Vegas Vacation.”
Jerry Weintraub most recent products include a television comedy series “The Brink”, premiered on HBO in June 2015. Another series “Westworld” and film “Tarzan” are under production.
He is survived by his wife Jane and four children Michael, Julie, Jamie and Jody.
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