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Joseph T. Naar: former WMA agent repped Monroe; then produced 'Blacula,' 'Starsky & Hutch'.

Joseph T. Naar, a former William Morris agent who went on to produce blaxploitation vampire pies "Blacula" and "Scream Blacula Scream" as well as TV series "Starsky & Hutch," died Jan. 17. He was 88.

At WMA, his clients included Peter Lawford, Steve McQueen, Ali MacGraw, Raquel Welch and Marilyn Monroe. His creative impulses led him out of the agency business and into TV production.

Naar's television career included producing the Ronald Reagan-hosted "General Electric Comedy Hour," "Lux Playhouse" and the series "Checkmate" before producing his first movies, which include "The M1 American Boy," starring Jon Voight, as well as "Blacula" and "Scream Blacula Scream."

Next he went back into TV under Spelling Goldberg Prods., where he produced "Starsky & Hutch." He then moved to Blake Edwards Prods., where he produced TV series "Strike Force."

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Title Annotation:REMEMBERED
Publication:Variety
Article Type:In memoriam
Geographic Code:1USA
Date:Jan 28, 2014
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