Martin Jurow, a successful Hollywood agent and producer, died on Feb. 12. Cause of death was not released. He was 92.
The New York native always had a passion for acting. As a child, he staged backyard productions of vaudeville and never missed a Saturday matinee at the movies. But he soon realized his talents were more suited to the business side of Broadway and Hollywood productions. So he studied drama at the College of William and Mary and graduated from Harvard Law School in 1935. Jurow worked as an entertainment lawyer with the New York law firm of Nathan Burkan, then moved to California, where he trained under Jack L. Warner, a co-founder of Warner Bros. Pictures, and Hal B. Wallis, the producer of “Casablanca.”
Jurow began producing his own movies in 1959, starting with the Gary Cooper western, “The Hanging Tree.” Over the next three decades, he would produce numerous box office hits, including “Breakfast at Tiffany’s,” “The Pink Panther,” “The Great Race” and “Terms of Endearment.” He became a top-level agent for MCA and the William Morris Agency and worked on the Broadway productions of “My Fair Lady,” “Oklahoma!,” “South Pacific,” “The King and I” and “Guys and Dolls.”
Jurow relocated to Dallas in the 1970s and decided to go back to law school. Upon graduation, he passed the Texas bar and became an assistant district attorney. In the final years of his life, he taught a filmmaking class at Southern Methodist University and hosted the radio show, “Martin Jurow of Show Business” on KAAM 770. His experiences in Hollywood were chronicled in the 2001 memoir, “Marty Jurow Seein’ Stars: A Show Biz Odyssey.”