Wednesday, May 29, 2024

Legendary Movie Producer, Marty Bregman, Dead at 92, Produced “Scarface,” “Serpico,” Other Al Pacino Movies


Marty Bregman was a regular at Elaine’s, an old friend of ours, a legend in movie producing. He was also one of the good guys, beloved by all — not just his family but also by actors like Al Pacino, whose movies he produced– Sidney Lumet’s “Serpico” and “Dog Day Afternoon,” and Brian DePalma’s “Scarface” among them.

Marty passed away Saturday evening at age 92. Condolences to his loving wife Cornelia and his whole family.

Marty’s other amazing credits include Harold Becker’s “Sea of Love,” DePalma’s “Carlito’s Way,” four great Alan Alda movies– “The Four Seasons” and “The Seduction of Joe Tynan,” plus “Betsy’s Wedding” and “Sweet Liberty.”

If you’re starting to get a theme here, Marty Bregman made classic New York movies with the most talented directors and actors. He kept most of the great New York acting community working through the 70s, 80s, and 90s.

He was also a beloved member of the regulars who came to Elaine’s from the beginning to the end. Even as his health declined in the 2000s, I admired Marty for his personal tenacity and perseverance. He was always looking forward, planning new projects. And Pacino was his loyal friend and surrogate son.

RIP Marty. You will be much missed.


Roger Friedman
Roger Friedman
Roger Friedman began his Showbiz411 column in April 2009 after 10 years with Fox News, where he created the Fox411 column. His movie reviews are carried by Rotten Tomatoes, and he is a member of both the movie and TV branches of the Critics Choice Awards. His articles have appeared in dozens of publications over the years including New York Magazine, where he wrote the Intelligencer column in the mid 90s and covered the OJ Simpson trial, and Fox News (when it wasn't so crazy) where he covered Michael Jackson. He is also the writer and co-producer of "Only the Strong Survive," a selection of the Cannes, Sundance, and Telluride Film festivals, directed by DA Pennebaker and Chris Hegedus.

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