UPDATED throughout with details: A celebration of life is being planned for members of the entertainment industry, friends and family of New York talent agent Mark Schlegel, who died August 13. It will be held in New York City on a date to be announced.
Schlegel had been missing for several days when his body was found August 24, near his Oradell, NJ. home. He was 57. A law enforcement source told local media outlets that no foul play was suspected.
Schlegel worked for CornerStone Talent Agency in Manhattan and had a client list that included Brandon Flynn (13 Reasons Why), Daniel Sunjata (The Dark Knight Rises) Dominic Chianese (The Sopranos), Lillias White (Hercules), among others. He previously had represented Steve Buscemi, Viola Davis, Jeff Goldblum, David Harbour, Samuel L. Jackson, LaChanze, Debra Messing, Denis O’Hare, Molly Ringwald, Thomas Everett Scott and Michael Stuhlbarg.
Schlegel began his career in NYC working for the Mitch Leigh Company, producers of Broadway’s The King and I, starring Yul Brynner. The actor saw so much potential in Schlegel that he recommended he become an assistant to his legendary agent, Robert Lantz. Schlegel would go on to work as an agent at Ambrosio/Mortimer & Associates, J Michael Bloom and APA.
Schlegel is survived by his wife of 33 years, Christine Karner Schlegel; his son, Reid Andersen Schlegel; and daughter Kirsten Margaret Schlegel; his parents Shirley and Donald Schlegel; his sister Christine Schlegel Sullivan and her husband Kent Sullivan; all of them reside in Indiana.
A memorial visitation for family and friends will be held September 6 at the Volk Funeral Home in Oradell, followed by a memorial service September 7 at The Church of the Atonement in Tenafly, NJ.
In lieu of flowers donations can be made to New Jersey Search & Rescue, P.O. Box 14, Mahwah, NJ 07430 (www.njsar.coom) and/or to The Actor’s Fund, 729 7th Ave., 10th Floor, New York, NY 10019 (https://donate.actorsfund.org/donate).
The Casting Society of America was among the first to express condolences about his loss.