Martin Leon Bregman (May 18, 1926 – June 16, 2018) was an American film producer and personal manager. Bregman produced many films including Scarface, Sea of Love, Venom, Serpico, Dog Day Afternoon, The Four Seasons, Betsy's Wedding, Carlito's Way, Carlito's Way: Rise to Power, The Bone Collector and The Adventures of Pluto Nash.
|Born||May 18, 1926|
New York City, United States
|Died||June 16, 2018 (aged 92)|
New York City, United States
|Resting place||Kensico Cemetery|
Bregman was born in New York City to Leon and Ida (Granowski) Bregman. He was Jewish and grew up in the Bronx. As a child, he suffered from polio. He began his career selling insurance and first got into the entertainment business as a night club agent.
Building relationships with investors such as New York real estate magnate Lewis Rudin, Bregman moved successfully into personal management, eventually representing such stars as Al Pacino, Woody Allen, Barbra Streisand, Faye Dunaway, Alan Alda and Bette Midler. Bregman discovered Pacino in an Off Broadway play, and helped to support the actor as he built his stage and then film career, among other things working to land Pacino the actor's first film role in 1971's Panic in Needle Park, winning out over then unknown actor Robert De Niro.
Bregman ventured into film producing in 1973, building projects around Pacino, initially with the Sidney Lumet directed Serpico. The film's acclaim set the path for many more highly acclaimed collaborations with Pacino, including 1975's Dog Day Afternoon, 1983's Scarface, 1989's Sea of Love and 1993's Carlito's Way. Beginning in 1979 with The Seduction of Joe Tynan, and for most of the 1980s, Bregman enjoyed a successful run of films with writer/director Alan Alda. Their creative and business partnership yielded such well received films as The Four Seasons in 1981, Sweet Liberty in 1986, A New Life in 1988 and Betsy's Wedding, in 1990. Other films include 1999's The Bone Collector with Denzel Washington and 2002's The Adventures of Pluto Nash, starring Eddie Murphy, one of the producer's rare box-office failures.
Bregman lived in New York City and had two sons with former wife Elizabeth Driscoll, Christopher and film producer Michael (Sea of Love, Carlito's Way), and a daughter, singer Marissa Bregman, with another wife, actress Cornelia Bregman (née Sharpe) (Serpico, Open Season, The Reincarnation of Peter Proud, The Next Man, S*H*E, Venom). He died from a cerebral hemorrhage, aged 92, on June 16, 2018.
All films, he was producer unless otherwise noted.
|1975||Dog Day Afternoon|
|1976||The Next Man|
|1979||The Seduction of Joe Tynan|
|1981||The Four Seasons|
|1983||Eddie Macon's Run|
|1988||A New Life|
|1989||Sea of Love|
|1992||Whispers in the Dark|
|1993||The Real McCoy|
|1995||Gold Diggers: The Secret of Bear Mountain|
|1997||Nothing to Lose|
|1998||One Tough Cop|
|1999||The Bone Collector|
|2002||The Adventures of Pluto Nash|
|2005||Carlito's Way: Rise to Power||Direct-to-video|
Final film as a producer
|1984||The Four Seasons||Executive producer|
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