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Overview (2)

Date of Birth 26 August 1921The Bronx, New York, USA
Date of Death 7 August 1995Los Angeles County, California, USA  (suicide)

Spouse (2)

Ann Weston Begelman (? - 7 August 1995) (his death)
Gladys (? - ?)

Trivia (7)

One-time MGM TV exec who canceled NBC-TV's CHiPs (1977) in 1983.
In the summer of 1995, he completely vanished. His friends and associates tried to in vain to find him. He had suffered some business reversals and many felt he was depressed. On August 7 he was found dead, the result of a self-inflicted gunshot wound, in a Century City, CA hotel room. His death was ruled a suicide.
The one-time head of Columbia Pictures who lost his job after he was accused of forging a check in the name of actor Cliff Robertson in the mid 1970s. The affair was chronciled in the book "Indecent Exposure".
Helped found the "Creative Management Associates" talent agency, with Freddie Fields, in 1960.
At the time of his death, he was married to producer Ann Weston Begelman.
Through his production company, "Sherwood", Begelman produced and financed the cult film, The Adventures of Buckaroo Banzai Across the 8th Dimension (1984).
President of Columbia Pictures, 1973-78. Head of MGM in 1980 and United Artists in 1981.

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