Daniel Melnick

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Daniel Melnick (born April 21, 1932 in New York City , New York , † October 13, 2009 in Los Angeles , California ) was an American film and theater producer .


Melnick studied at Fiorello H. LaGuardia High School of Music & Art and Performing Arts and New York University , after which he completed his military service in the United States Army . He then moved to Hollywood and was hired as a producer at CBS in 1954 at the age of 20 , but soon moved to ABC . Among other things, he was in charge of the TV series Flintstones and Auf der Flucht . He later went into business for himself as a producer and produced television games. He won an Emmy Award in 1967 for an adaptation of Arthur Miller's Death of a Salesman with Lee J. Cobb in the title role .

After he had produced his first feature film in 1971 with Whoever sows violence , Melnick switched to MGM the following year , where he was head of production for three years from 1974. In 1978 he was hired by Columbia Pictures as managing director, where he oversaw the production of Kramer versus Kramer and The China Syndrome , among other things . After disagreements over film funding, he moved to 20th Century Fox .

In addition to his work as the director of various film studios, he produced feature films such as Footloose and LA Story . He also worked as a theater producer on Broadway and ran the Playhouse Theater in New York between 1978 and 1979 .

Melnick died of cancer . He was divorced and had two children, one of whom is the composer Peter Rodgers Melnick .

Filmography (selection)

Broadway (selection)

  • 1965: All in Good Time
  • 1965: Kelly
  • 1967: Brief Lives
  • 1978: The Playboy of the Weekend World
  • 1978: St. Mark's Gospel


  • 1967: Emmy Award for Death of a Salesman

Web links

Individual evidence

  1. ^ Daniel Melnick, Hollywood Producer, Dies at 77 , nytimes.com
  2. Daniel Melnick dies at 77; film and TV producer helped launch 'Get Smart,' 'Network,' 'Kramer vs. Kramer ' , latimes.com
  3. MGM, Columbia chief Daniel Melnick dies  ( page no longer available , search in web archivesInfo: The link was automatically marked as defective. Please check the link according to the instructions and then remove this notice. , variety.com@1@ 2Template: Dead Link / www.variety.com