Stuart Lisell, Veteran Accountant in Hollywood, Dies at 82

Stuart Lisell - Publicity - S 2016
Courtesy of Lisell Family

Stuart Lisell - Publicity - S 2016

He worked at such companies as Embassy Pictures and AVCO during a 54-year career in the entertainment industry.

Stuart Lisell, a veteran accounting executive in Hollywood, died April 12 at his home in Woodland Hills, his son Ron said. He was 82.

Lisell began his 54-year career in the entertainment industry in 1962 as a production accountant at Joseph E. Levine’s Embassy Pictures, where he worked on such notable pictures as The Graduate, The Lion in Winter and The Producers.

After AVCO purchased Embassy in a $40 million deal, Lisell relocated to Los Angeles in 1975 and managed production accounting for all AVCO Embassy branches. 

In 1983, after the company’s purchase by Norman Lear and Jerry Perenchio, Lisell was promoted to vp producer accounting and worked on films including The Onion Field, Rabbit Test, Phantasm, Time Bandits and The Howling.

Lisell in 1990 opened his own company, which later became HMS&S Entertainment, and managed participations and other services for De Laurentiis Entertainment Group, StudioCanal, Act III and other firms. 

A native of Brooklyn, Lisell graduated from New York University and then served in the U.S. Army from 1954-56.

In addition to his son, survivors include his wife of 61 years, Marilyn; other children Stephanie and Bruce; four grandchildren; and three great-grandchildren. 

The family requests that donations be made in honor of Lisell to the Motion Picture & Television Fund in Woodland Hills.