Newswire: R.I.P. Jerry Weintraub, Hollywood super-producer

Jerry Weintraub, a Hollywood legend who worked with everyone from Led Zeppelin to George Clooney over the course of his storied career, has died. A colorful personality, Weintraub was reportedly in poor health in recent years; Deadline cites a heart attack as his cause of death. He was 77.

Born into a working-class family in New York, Weintraub worked his way up through the Hollywood system the old-fashioned way. Beginning with a job in the William Morris Agency mailroom, he was promoted first to assistant agent, then to agent, before branching off on his own into a music management business whose clients reportedly included John Denver, Bob Dylan, Neil Diamond, The Carpenters, and Led Zeppelin. As a concert promoter, he helped revive Frank Sinatra’s career in the late ’60s and worked with Elvis Presley and his manager, the notorious “Colonel” Tom Parker.

In the ’70s, Weintraub decided to try …

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