Sunday, August 10, 2008

R.I.P. Bernie Brillstein

He was more than a producer. More than a manager. His name seemed to be ubiquitous on the television. He was the force behind many beloved programs, including (but not necessarily limited to):

  • Saturday Night Live
  • The Sopranos
  • NewsRadio
  • Just Shoot Me
  • It’s Garry Shandling’s Show
  • ALF

He also was instrumental in helping a number of unknown actors become A-list stars. Those who owe their careers to this great man include:

  • Brad Pitt
  • The Late John Belushi
  • Lorne Michaels
  • Muppet Master Jim Henson
  • Peter “Colombo” Falk
  • Geena Davis
  • Norm Crosby
  • George Wendt
  • Richard Dreyfus

And, if that ain’t enough, Brillstein produced movies including The Cable Guy, Happy Gilmore, The Blues Brothers, both Ghost Busters.

He will be missed...

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