Fred Robert Weintraub (April 27, 1928 – March 5, 2017) was an American film and television producer and writer.
|Died||March 5, 2017 (aged 88)|
|Occupation||Film producer, television producer|
|Known for||Original owner of The Bitter End, martial arts and action films|
Weintraub was the original owner and host of The Bitter End in New York City's Greenwich Village. Weintraub discovered such acts as Peter, Paul and Mary, Lenny Bruce (with whom he was arrested for obscenity), Randy Newman and The Isley Brothers. The club also featured early performances of Neil Diamond, Woody Allen, Frank Zappa and the Mothers of Invention, Ricky Nelson, Nina Simone, Dustin Hoffman, Charles Aznavour, Lily Tomlin, Stevie Wonder, Kris Kristofferson, Joni Mitchell, George Carlin, Bob Dylan, Harry Chapin, Bill Cosby and Phil Ochs. During the early 1960s The Bitter End hosted "Open Mike" Hootenannies every Tuesday night, showcasing young, old, known and unknown folksingers.
Films and televisionEdit
Moving west in the mid 1960s, Weintraub created, wrote, and produced several television shows including Hootenanny and Dukes of Hazzard. Beginning with Rage then Enter the Dragon Weintraub produced dozens of movies, many with a martial arts theme, as well as directing a documentary on Bruce Lee, Bruce Lee: The Curse of the Dragon (1993).
In 1970 Weintraub became an Executive Vice President of Warner Bros. One of the first films he oversaw for the studio was Woodstock. In 1972 he became an independent producer, and made a number of adventure films, including Enter the Dragon, starring Bruce Lee.
One of Weintraub's documentary films was It's Showtime (1976) which consisted of film clips profiling various animal actors, such as Rin Tin Tin, Flipper, Trigger, and Asta, with commentary from the actors who worked with them, and including footage of James Cagney, Jimmy Durante, Cary Grant, Maureen O'Sullivan, Dick Powell, Ronald Reagan, and Mickey Rooney working with animal stars.
|Invasion of the Bee Girls||1973||Executive|
|Enter the Dragon||1973||Yes|
|Black Belt Jones||1974||Yes||Story|
|Truck Turner||1974||Yes||Cameo as "Judge"|
|The Ultimate Warrior||1975||Yes|
|Trial by Combat||1976||Yes||Story|
|Checkered Flag or Crash||1977||Yes|
|The Big Brawl||1980||Yes||Story|
|High Road to China||1983||Yes|
|Out of Control||1985||Yes|
|The Women's Club||1987||Yes||Story|
|A Show of Force||1990||Co-Producer|
|China O'Brien II||1990||Yes||Direct-to-video|
|Born to Ride||1991||Yes|
|Under the Gun||1995||Executive|
|Amazons and Gladiators||2001||Yes|
|The Best of the Martial Arts Films||1990||Yes|
|The JFK Assassination: The Jim Garrison Tapes||1992||Yes|
|The Curse of the Dragon||1993||Yes||Yes|
|Patton's Ghost Corps||2006||Executive||For DVD|
|Hootenanny||1963-1964||Talent coordinator (2 episodes)|
|Christmas at F.A.O. Schwarz||1968||Yes||Television film|
|The Dukes of Hazzard||1979||Consultant (5 episodes)|
|My Father, My Son||1988||Yes||Television film|
|Chips, the War Dog||1990||Executive||Television film|
|Playboy's Really Naked Truth||1995-1997||Executive||21 episodes|
|The New Adventures of Robin Hood||1997-1998||Executive||Creator||53 episodes|
|The Devil's Arithmetic||1999||Yes||Television film|
|La Femme Musketeer||2004||Yes||Mini-series (2 episodes)|
Fred Weintraub died on March 5, 2017 in his Pacific Palisades home due to natural causes related to Parkinson's disease. He was 88.
He is survived by his beloved wife Jackie; children Sandra, Barbara, Max and Zachary; and four grandchildren.
- "Fred Weintraub, Who Showcased Future Greats at the Bitter End, Dies at 88". The New York Times. Retrieved March 7, 2017.
- Colby, Paul (2002). The Bitter End: Hanging Out at America's Nightclub. Cooper Square Press. ISBN 9781461660866. Retrieved November 21, 2012.
- "Paul Colby's The Bitter End". The Bitter End.com. Retrieved November 21, 2012.
- "The Bitter End". folkmusicarchives.org. Archived from the original on December 23, 2008. Retrieved January 17, 2009.
- "Fred Weintraub Biography". filmreference.com. Retrieved January 17, 2009.
- ""It's Showtime" cast and crew". Yahoo Movies. Retrieved January 17, 2009.
- ""It's Showtime" cast and crew". New York Times Movies. Retrieved January 17, 2009.
- Bruce Lee, Woodstock and Me
- Roberts, Randall (March 7, 2017). "Fred Weintraub, who financed 'Woodstock' and helped discover Bruce Lee, dies at 88". Los Angeles Times. ISSN 0458-3035. Retrieved March 8, 2017.