Casting Director Joy Todd Dies

4:24 PM PST 02/23/2014 by Erik Hayden
Joy Todd

"Once Upon a Time in America," "Network" and "Ghostbusters" are among the films she worked on during a career that spanned three decades.

Joy Todd, a casting director whose career in Hollywood spanned more than three decades, has died.

Her granddaughter, Heather Daimion, confirmed to The Hollywood Reporter that Todd passed away on Feb. 18 in San Diego.

Todd has been credited with presiding over casting for more than 30 feature films, including Ghostbusters, Playing for Keeps, Rambo III, Gettysburg, Gods and Generals and The Next Karate Kid.

Todd cast Sergio Leone's Once Upon a Time in America and Ridley Scott's Someone to Watch Over Me. She also worked on Sidney Lumet's Network, A Stranger Among Us, Prince of the City, Q & A and other titles.

"She had heart, and you felt it when in her presence," wrote Grant Wilfley, a former business partner, in a Facebook note. "She loved a good joke, having been a comedian when she first started in the business. She always viewed life in a positive way. She will be missed."

Her recent credits include 2010 films Rollers and Magic Man. Two films are listed as in pre-production: Pizza With Bullets and Guns, Guitars and a Badge.

"I was born wanting to be an actress," Todd told The New York Times in 1986. "However, God in His great wisdom saw to it that I did something else."

She is credited as an actress in several films, including 1984's Robin Williams title Moscow on the Hudson. She also cast the comedy.

Todd is survived by her three children, Joel Segal, Sherrie Lynne and Ame Koeppel, five grandchildren and one great grandchild.

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