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Mark C. Levy, a film producer and later the editor-in-chief of The Hollywood Reporter, died Feb. 18 in Los Angeles after suffering a brain injury in a fall. He was 88.
Levy collaborated with producers Jerry Gershwin and Elliott Kastner on such projects as the Paul Newman classic Harper (1966) and Where Eagles Dare (1968), starring Richard Burton and Clint Eastwood, then produced with Gershwin the road-trip comedy Your Three Minutes Are Up (1973), toplined by Ron Leibman and Beau Bridges.
He left THR in the mid-1970s.
A philanthropist and successful real estate builder and developer, Levy was president of the Los Angeles Hillel Council and Leo Baeck Temple in Bel-Air and a founder and president of Mazon, a Jewish response to hunger organizations.
Levy and his wife, Peachy, amassed one of the largest collections of Judaic art and were instrumental in the Skirball Center’s Project Americana, which brought objects representing Jewish life to the museum, including ceremonial objects, folk and traditional art and religious items.
They were major contributors to Jewish camps on the West Coast, providing funds that allowed thousands of youngsters to attend camps in California and Washington.
Born in Pittsburgh on Jan. 15, 1926, Levy and his family settled in Los Angeles when he was young. He graduated from Los Angeles High School and enlisted in the Army; at 19, he was a tank commander for General George S. Patton during World War II.
After the war, Levy was transferred to the Intelligence Corps and was present during the Nuremberg Trials. He enrolled at UCLA but was brought back into the Army during the Korean War.
In addition to his wife of 65 years, survivors include three children and six grandchildren.
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