Paradigm co-founder Bernie Weintraub dies

Clients worked on 'I Love Lucy,' 'M.A.S.H.' and 'Cosby Show'

Bernie Weintraub, a longtime agent and one of the founding partners of Paradigm, died Jan. 16 in Los Angeles. He was 76.

Weintraub was one of the founders of the boutique literary agency Robinson, Weintraub, Gross and Associates, which combined with other agencies to create Paradigm in 1992. He retired from the agency a few years ago, selling his share of the business to chairman Sam Gores.

Weintraub's clients worked on such iconic television shows as "I Love Lucy," "The Jackie Gleason Show," "All in the Family," "M.A.S.H.," "Maude," "Sanford & Son," "The Cosby Show," "Different Strokes" and "Roseanne."

Weintraub served during the Korean War and had many charitable interests, giving to promote Jewish causes, Israel, civil rights, the environment and the humane treatment of animals. He helped found Laniado Hospital in Israel and was on the board of governors at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center in Los Angeles.

Survivors include his wife of 52 years, Ellie; children Danny and Lizzie; daughter-in-law Vinnet; and nephew Irv.

In lieu of flowers, donations in Weintraub's name can be made to the American Israel Cultural Center, the Jewish National Fund or the American Diabetes Assn.