Hollywood producer and agent Freddie Fields dead at 84

Wed Dec 12, 2007 4:03pm EST
 
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LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - Hollywood talent agent, studio executive and producer Freddie Fields, whose film credits include "Glory," "Looking for Mr. Goodbar" and "American Gigolo," has died of lung cancer at age 84, friends said on Wednesday.

Fields, whose clients included such screen giants as Robert Redford, Paul Newman, Steve McQueen, Barbra Streisand, Judy Garland, Woody Allen and Steven Spielberg, died at his home in Beverly Hills on Tuesday, publicist Warren Cowan said.

Fields founded the talent agency Creative Management Associates, which merged with General Artists Corp. in the 1980s to become International Creative Management, one of Hollywood's most powerful agencies.

While at CMA, Fields brought together several of his clients to form the Hollywood production venture First Artists Company, a collaboration among Newman, McQueen, Streisand, Dustin Hoffman and Sidney Poitier.

He also served for a time as head of production for Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer Inc. and its United Artists studio.

His credits as a film producer include the acclaimed Civil War drama "Glory," which starred Matthew Broderick, Morgan Freeman and Denzel Washington, and "American Gigolo," which made Richard Gere a star.

Gere appeared in another of Fields' movies, "Looking for Mr. Goodbar," which starred Diane Keaton.

(Reporting by Steve Gorman; editing by Bob Tourtellotte)