Jerry Weintraub, Colorful Producer of 'Ocean's Eleven,' 'Karate Kid,' Dies at 77

Jerry Weintraub
Jerry Weintraub

Jerry Weintraub, the larger-than-life producer of “The Karate Kid” movies, “Oh, God!” and the “Ocean’s Eleven” remakes – in which he also appeared in small roles – died Monday at his home in Palm Springs. He was 77.

An old-fashioned promoter with relentless enthusiasm and a distinctive voice that never lost its Brooklyn accent, Weintraub best summed up his personality in the title of his autobiography: “When I Stop Talking, You’ll Know I’m Dead: Useful Stories from a Persuasive Man.”

Weintraub rose from the William Morris mailroom to become a successful music promoter and manager for acts including Frank Sinatra, Elvis Presley, Bob Dylan and John Denver before conquering Hollywood, producing “Nashville,” “Diner” and “National Lampoon’s Vegas Vacation.” At the time of his death he was working on a new version of “Tarzan.”

As a television producer, he collected three Emmy Awards, most recently for “Behind the Candelabra” with Matt Damon and Michael Douglas.