Marvin B. Meyer, who co-founded what eventually became the influential entertainment law firm Rosenfeld, Meyer & Susman, died Monday of pancreatic cancer. He was 88. After working in legal affairs at MGM and business affairs at MCA, Larry Beilenson recruited Meyer and they co-founded Bielenson & Meyer in 1953, which evolved into Rosenfeld, Meyer & Susman. During his career, Meyer represented a who’s who list of industry bigwigs, including Gregory Peck, Billy Wilder, Grace Kelly, Jodie Foster, Mike Nichols, John Calley, Janet Leigh, Ronald Reagan, Jane Wyman, Tony Curtis, Anthony Quinn, Julie Andrews, Montgomery Clift, the Marx Brothers, Sharon Stone, Loretta Young, Marlon Brando, George Peppard, Marilyn Monroe, Jack Benny, Jerry Lewis, Henry Fonda, Cliff Robertson, Pierre Cossette, Yvonne DeCarlo, John Sturges, Janet Jackson, William Morris, Mike Medavoy, Lynn Stalmaster, Joan Rivers, Muhammad Ali, Jeff Berg, Jon Peters, Matthew Broderick, Bill Cosby, and Ed Limato.
Born in Brooklyn, Meyer moved with his family in LA and graduated from Los Angeles High School in 1942. After attending the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign and serving in World War II, he became part of the first post-war class at Harvard Law, where he graduated in 1948. Meyer co-founded the NBA’s Phoenix Suns alongside Richard Bloch and singer Andy Williams in 1968, the same year he moved to Beverly Hills. In 1990, Meyer was honored by the Beverly Hills Bar Association as Entertainment Lawyer of the Year. He was Adjunct Professor at USC’s Peter Stark Graduate Film School from 1996-1997, and in his later years he became a trustee for the families of Peck, Peppard, Benny and others from his MCA days.
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