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Marvin Worth.

Marvin Worth, one of the entertainment industry's most accomplished and prolific writer-producers, died April 22 in Los Angeles of complications from bronchioloalveolar carcinoma. He was 72.

Worth compiled a wide-ranging body of work -- both in comedy and drama -- which earned him the prestigious Peabody Award and three Academy Award nominations.

Feature producer credits included "Where's Poppa," "Falling in Love," "Unfaithfully Yours," "Flashback," "Soup for One" and "Up the Academy."

Worth also produced the Spike Lee-helmed "Malcolm X," starring Denzel Washington, and "Running Mates," which starred Diane Keaton and Ed Harris. Most recently, he produced "Diabolique" for Warner Bros. and Morgan Creek as well as the HBO mini-series "Norma and Marilyn" and "Gia," a two-hour feature from HBO.

Worth also was involved in the pre-production for his WB feature, "The James Dean Story."

Born and raised in Brooklyn, Worth began in showbiz at age 15, promoting jazz concerts and booking and managing such jazz luminaries as Charlie Parker and Billie Holiday.

Worth later managed a young Lenny Bruce and helped get him his big break on "The Arthur Godfrey Show."

Worth spent several years getting his dream project, "Lenny," off the ground and eventually produced it on Broadway. A big hit, it brought Cliff Gorman a Tony Award for best actor, and two years later Dustin Hoffman essayed the title role in the film version directed by Bob Posse and produced by Worth.

During the 1950s and '60s, Worth wrote monologues for Lenny Bruce, Buddy Hackett, Alan King and Joey Bishop. He also wrote for top TV shows including "The Colgate Comedy Hour," "The Judy Garland Show," "Get Smart" and "The Ann Sothern Show."

Worth is survived by his wife of 44 years, Joan, who is an artist; a son, Jody, a screenwriter; daughters Missy, a senior creative executive for Revolution Records, and Daniele Worth-Ochoa, a graphic designer; and two grandchildren.

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Title Annotation:writer/producer, age 72
Author:Galloway, Doug
Article Type:Obituary
Date:Apr 27, 1998
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