Arnold Burk, Veteran Entertainment Attorney, Dies at 85

He worked for United Artists and Paramount and represented Milos Forman, Michael Mann and Sherwood Schwartz.

Longtime entertainment attorney Arnold Burk died Sunday at his home in Chapel Hill, North Carolina. He was 85.

The news was announced by Bruce Ramer of Gang Tyre Ramer & Brown in Beverly Hills. Burk was "one of my dearest and closest friends ever and the best law partner and mentor one could ever possibly have," he said. 

Burk practiced law for 20 years at Gang Tyre.

A graduate of Columbia University and the Columbia University School of Law, Burk served as an executive and attorney at United Artists in the 1960s. He then segued to Paramount, where he had a stint as president of its Dot Records division.

In private practice, Burk represented clients including directors Milos Forman, Michael Mann, George Miller and John Rich and Sherwood Schwartz, creator of Gilligan's Island and The Brady Bunch.

He was an executive producer on Miller's 1992 film Lorenzo's Oil.

Survivors include his wife, Kathy; sons Bernard Burk (Amy Kaufman Burk) and David Burk (Rebekah Kaplan); and grandchildren Anschel, Jared, Ariela, Ezra and Emmet. His first wife, Judy, predeceased him.

In lieu of flowers, the family asks that donations be made to the North Carolina Symphony or to Columbia University or its law school.