Harold Gefsky, theatrical agent, dies

Worked with APA for more than 25 years

Harold "Hal" Gefsky, a veteran theatrical agent who worked at APA for more than 25 years, died June 25 in Los Angeles after a long illness. He was 90.

Gefsky, a former vp at APA, represented such clients as actors Dyan Cannon, Linda Evans, Sharon Tate, Veronica Hamel, Troy Donahue, Gary Merrill, Simon Oakland, Richard Beymer, Robert Clary and Ed Nelson.

Before APA, Gefsky worked for the Mitchell Gertz Agency and had his own theatrical agency. In 1983, he was honored by the Association of Talent Agents with its career achievement award.

"Hal Gefsky will be remembered as a great agent and a true gentleman," APA president and chairman Jim Gosnell said. "It was an honor to have had the opportunity to work with him, and on behalf of the APA family, we extend our deepest condolences to his friends and family."

The native of Youngstown, Ohio, served on the ATA board of directors and was a member of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences and the Academy of Television Arts & Sciences.

Entertainer Mort Sahl once described Gefsky as "a person with the most integrity of anyone I've ever met."

During World War II, Gefsky was a major in the U.S. Army and served on Gen. Dwight Eisenhower's staff in Europe.