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Frank Rosenfelt, an MGM general counsel who rose to chairman and CEO when Kirk Kerkorian acquired the studio in 1972, has died in Los Angeles.
Rosenfelt, who died Thursday, was 85.
His accomplishments at MGM included acquiring film rights to the book “Dr. Zhivago.” Rosenfelt oversaw hundreds of films during his time at MGM, and in 1981 he guided Kerkorian’s $380 million purchase of United Artists from Transamerica.
Rosenfelt resigned as CEO for personal reasons in 1982 and was named board vice chairman, based in London. He was a member of the board of governors of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences.
A World War II veteran, Rosenfelt attended Cornell University and joined RKO’s legal department upon graduating Cornell Law School. After five years at RKO, he moved to MGM in 1955 and was named general counsel in 1969.
Rosenfelt is survived by his wife, Judith; sons Fred and Peter; daughter Karen Rosenfelt, a film producer; three grandchildren; one great-grandchild; and two brothers.
Donations may be made to Tower Cancer Research Foundation, 9090 Wilshire Blvd., Suite 200, Beverly Hills, CA 90211.
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