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Martin Bregman, the seasoned producer behind Scarface and Dog Day Afternoon, has died, The Hollywood Reporter has confirmed. He died of a cerebral hemorrhage on Saturday. Bregman was 92.
Bregman, whom Al Pacino once described in a Hollywood Reporter interview as “my guy,” also produced Carlito’s Way, Serpico and Sea of Love with the actor, and was slated to produce David Ayer’s upcoming adaptation of Scarface.
Pacino has often credited the producer with discovering him in an off-Broadway play and offering the actor crucial early career guidance. “I’m missing a lot not having him around anymore,” Pacino said in a 2014 THR interview after Bregman had retired. “I must say, because he was what is so rare in what we do: a facilitator. You need a facilitator.”
Outside of his work with Pacino, Bragman produced titles including 1999’s The Bone Collector, starring Denzel Washington and Angelina Jolie; 1997’s Martin Lawrence-Tim Robbins action comedy Nothing to Lose; and 1998’s One Tough Cop starring Stephen Baldwin.
The producer also frequently collaborated with Alan Alda, joining the writer-director on titles including 1979’s Meryl Streep political drama The Seduction of Joe Tynan, 1986’s Sweet Liberty with Michael Caine and Michelle Pfeiffer, 1988’s A New Life and the 1990 Molly Ringwald comedy Betsy’s Wedding.
Bregman was born in 1926 in New York City and grew up in the Bronx. He intially entered the industry as a business and personal manager for clients including Barbra Streisand, Faye Dunaway, Michael Douglas, Bette Midler, Woody Allen, Pacino and Alda, but began producing with 1973’s Serpico, whose commercial and critical success led to other projects.
In 1981, Bregman married actress Cornelia Sharpe, who starred in Serpico and also had parts in The Next Man and Open Season.
Over the course of his life, Bregman co-founded organizations including the New York Advisory Council for Motion Pictures, Radio and TV and the Association for a Better New York, a nonprofit dedicated to community improvement in the city.
According to a report from WNBC 4 New York, the funeral will be private.
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