Agent, manager Tom Korman dies at 76

11:50 AM PST 08/06/2009 by Alex Ben Block, AP

Clients included Florence Henderson, Tony Curtis

Tom Korman, a Hollywood talent agent turned personal manager, died July 30 at his home in Los Angeles of heart failure. He was 76.

Korman for the past decade was president of Tom Korman Management, with a client list that included Tony Curtis, Florence Henderson, Hal Linden, Ben Gazzara and Rod Taylor. Many of those actors also had been his clients during the nearly four decades that Korman was a top talent agent, first in New York and then Hollywood.

Korman's first job in the industry was in New York for Grey Advertising. He then joined the Ashley Steiner talent agency and Baum-Newborn, where he became a theatrical agent.

In 1963, Korman went out on his own and formed the Artists Group, where one of his agents was Sue Mengers, whose clients included Anthony Perkins, Elliott Gould and Julie Harris.

By the early 1970s, Korman had relocated to Los Angeles, where he formed the Contemporary Korman Artists Ltd. with Ronald Leif. Its clients included Ethel Merman, Joan Collins, Ricardo Montalban, Henderson and Gazzara.

In 1986, Korman left to join the Agency for the Performing Arts, where his clients included Michael Feinstein and Jerry Orbach. In the late '90s, he formed his management firm, where he specialized in revitalizing the careers of legendary acting talents.

For the past decade, Korman was a volunteer for Project Angel Food, where he helped provide nourishment for those with AIDS, cancer and other illnesses. He was honored in 2006 with the Project Angel Food Hour Glass Award.

Korman is survived by Pamela, his wife of 28 years; his mother-in-law, Cynthia Parker of Cleveland; a sister-in-law and brother-in-law; two nieces; a nephew; three great nephews and two great nieces.

Plans for a memorial service were pending. The family suggests donations be made in Korman's name to Project Angel Food in Hollywood.
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