Bernie Brillstein

Manager, Agent, Producer
At once a consummate, hard-living dealmaker and a well-loved Hollywood personality, Bernie Brillstein was a truly old-school talent manager and producer with a heart as great as his ambition. In his heyday, Brillstein ... Read more »
Born: 04/25/1931 in New York City, New York, USA

Filmography

Producer (79)

Heist 2005 - 2006 (TV Show)

Executive Producer

Comedy Inc. 2003 - 2005 (TV Show)

Executive Producer

Jiminy Glick in Lalawood 2005 (Movie)

(Producer)

Just Shoot Me 1986 - 1991, 1994 - 2004 (Tv Show)

Executive Producer

The Lyon's Den 2003 - 2004 (TV Show)

Executive Producer

The Wayne Brady Show (Syndicated) 2002 - 2004 (TV Show)

Executive Producer

Alf 1986 - 1991, 1994 - 1999, 2002 - 2003 (Tv Show)

Executive Producer

Newsradio 1986 - 1991, 1994 - 2003 (Tv Show)

Executive Producer

Primetime Glick 1986 - 1991, 1994 - 2003 (Tv Show)

Executive Producer

The Boys 1987 - 1990, 1994 - 1999, 2002 - 2003 (Tv Show)

Executive Producer

The Jeff Foxworthy Show 1986 - 1991, 1994 - 2003 (Tv Show)

Executive Producer

The Naked Truth 1986 - 1991, 1994 - 2003 (Tv Show)

Executive Producer

The Steve Harvey Show 1986 - 1991, 1994 - 2003 (Tv Show)

Executive Producer

Politically Incorrect With Bill Maher 1992 - 2002 (TV Show)

Executive Producer

The Wayne Brady Show (ABC) 2000 - 2002 (TV Show)

Executive Producer

Politically Incorrect With Bill Maher After Party 2000 - 2001 (TV Show)

Executive Producer

Run, Ronnie, Run 2001 (Movie)

(Executive Producer)

The Martin Short Show 1999 - 2000 (TV Show)

Executive Producer

The Politically Incorrect After Party 1999 - 2000 (TV Show)

Executive Producer

What Planet Are You From? 2000 (Movie)

(Executive Producer)

Mr. Show 1995 - 1999 (TV Show)

Executive Producer

Politically Incorrect After Party Presented By Pepsi 1998 - 1999 (TV Show)

Executive Producer

The Replacement Killers 1998 (Movie)

(Producer)

Politically Incorrect's Greatest Hits With Bill Maher 1996 - 1997 (TV Show)

Executive Producer

Bulletproof 1996 (Movie)

(Executive Producer)

Happy Gilmore 1996 (Movie)

(Executive Producer)

The Cable Guy 1996 (Movie)

(Executive Producer)

The Dana Carvey Show 1995 - 1996 (TV Show)

Executive Producer

Bodyguards 1994 - 1995 (TV Show)

Executive Producer

Carol Burnett: The Special Years 1993 - 1994 (TV Show)

Executive Producer

Hexed 1993 (Movie)

(Executive Producer)

Inside America's Totally Unsolved Lifestyles 1992 - 1993 (TV Show)

Executive Producer

Spacecats 1991 - 1992 (TV Show)

Executive Producer

The Please Watch the Jon Lovitz Special 1991 - 1992 (TV Show)

Executive Producer

A Very Retail Christmas 1990 - 1991 (TV Show)

Executive Producer

Dennis Miller: Black & White 1990 - 1991 (TV Show)

Executive Producer

Good Sports 1990 - 1991 (TV Show)

Executive Producer

Penn & Teller: Don't Try This at Home! 1990 - 1991 (TV Show)

Executive Producer

Sunday Night With Larry King 1990 - 1991 (TV Show)

Executive Producer

The Days and Nights of Molly Dodd 1986 - 1991 (TV Show)

Executive Producer

Funny You Should Ask 1989 - 1990 (TV Show)

Executive Producer

It's Garry Shandling's Show 1986 - 1990 (TV Show)

Executive Producer

Normal Life 1989 - 1990 (TV Show)

Executive Producer

Rock the House 1989 - 1990 (TV Show)

Executive Producer

The Dave Thomas Comedy Show (01/25/90) 1989 - 1990 (TV Show)

Executive Producer

The Dave Thomas Comedy Show (05/28/90) 1989 - 1990 (TV Show)

Executive Producer

The Dave Thomas Comedy Show (06/04/90) 1989 - 1990 (TV Show)

Executive Producer

The Dave Thomas Comedy Show (06/18/90) 1989 - 1990 (TV Show)

Executive Producer

The Dave Thomas Comedy Show (06/25/90) 1989 - 1990 (TV Show)

Executive Producer

The Wickedest Witch 1989 - 1990 (TV Show)

Executive Producer

To Be Free: The National Literacy Honors From the White House 1989 - 1990 (TV Show)

Executive Producer

Ghostbusters II 1989 (Movie)

(Executive Producer)

The Boys 1988 - 1989 (TV Show)

Executive Producer

The "Slap" Maxwell Story 1987 - 1988 (TV Show)

Executive Producer

Dragnet 1987 (Movie)

(Executive Producer)

Puppetman 1986 - 1987 (TV Show)

Executive Producer

Armed and Dangerous 1986 (Movie)

(Executive Producer)

It's Garry Shandling's Show -- 25th Anniversary Special 1985 - 1986 (TV Show)

Executive Producer

The Faculty 1985 - 1986 (TV Show)

Executive Producer

Big Shots in America 1984 - 1985 (TV Show)

Executive Producer

Jump! 1984 - 1985 (TV Show)

Executive Producer

Spies Like Us 1985 (Movie)

(Executive Producer)

Summer Rental 1985 (Movie)

(Executive Producer)

Buffalo Bill 1982 - 1984 (TV Show)

Executive Producer

Ghostbusters 1984 (Movie)

(Executive Producer)

Jump 1983 - 1984 (TV Show)

Executive Producer

Sitcom 1983 - 1984 (TV Show)

Executive Producer

Continental Divide 1981 (Movie)

(Executive Producer)

Doctor Detroit 1981 (Movie)

(Executive Producer)

Neighbors 1981 (Movie)

(Executive Producer)

Buckshot 1979 - 1980 (TV Show)

Executive Producer

Mad Magazine Presents: Up the Academy 1980 (Movie)

(Executive Producer)

The Blues Brothers 1980 (Movie)

(Executive Producer)

The Burns and Schreiber Comedy Hour 1972 - 1973 (TV Show)

Executive Producer

The Burns and Schreiber Comedy Hour 1972 - 1973 (TV Show)

Executive Producer

For Hope (TV Show)

Executive Producer

Open All Night (TV Show)

Executive Producer

Show Business (TV Show)

Executive Producer
Other (2)

The Real Ghostbusters 1986 - 1991 (TV Show)

Executive Consultant

The Halloween Door 1989 - 1990 (TV Show)

Executive Consultant

Biography

At once a consummate, hard-living dealmaker and a well-loved Hollywood personality, Bernie Brillstein was a truly old-school talent manager and producer with a heart as great as his ambition. In his heyday, Brillstein had a myriad of clients that ranged from soft-spoken muppeteer Jim Henson to hedonistic John Belushi. Despite being from opposite ends of the spectrum, both fit his personality perfectly, which was warm and genial as well as passionate and outspoken. Prior to being a top manager, Brillstein worked his way up the chain of command at the William Morris Agency, starting in the mailroom and quickly advancing to become a talent agent. Once he left, Brillstein formed his own management company, allowing him to serve as a producer on numerous film and television projects, including "The Blues Brothers" (1980), "Ghostbusters" (1984), "The Larry Sanders Show" (HBO, 1992-98) and "Just Shoot Me" (NBC, 1996-2003). Despite working in a business deemed superficial by the outside world, Brillstein had a reputation of caring deeply for his clients and left behind a legacy of being a giant in the business.

Relationships

Moe Brillstein

Father

Michael Brillstein Co-Producer

Son

Tillie Brillstein

Mother

Kate Brillstein

Daughter

Leigh Brillstein

Daughter
Worked at CAA under Michael Ovitz and is Vice President at ICM

Nick Koskoff Field Producer

Son

David Koskoff Field Producer

Son

Jack Pearl

Uncle
Lived with parents in the Manhattan home of his uncle while growing up

Carrie Winston

Wife
Married from December 20, 1998 until his death in 2008

EDUCATION

New York University

New York , New York

Stuyvesant High School

New York , New York

Milestones

2001

Received a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame (April)

1999

Co-wrote with David Rensin, his memoir, Where Did I Go Right?: You’re No One in Hollywood Unless Someone Wants You Dead

1996

Sold his shares in Brillstein-Grey Entertainment to Brad Grey

1995

Executive produced the NBC sitcom "NewsRadio"

1991

Formed the production company, Brillstein-Grey Entertainment, with Brad Grey

1986

Executive produced the Showtime series "It's Garry Shandling's Show"

1968

Formed The Brillstein Company in Los Angeles; continued to manage talent and develop television programming

1964

Joined Management III while still working for William Morris Agency (WMA) in New York

Became a talent agent at William Morris Agency (WMA) in New York

Worked in the mailroom at the William Morris Agency (WMA) in New York

Produced "Saturday Night Live" (NBC); also managed SNL alums Gilda Radner , John Belushi and Lorne Michaels

Served in the military after college

Promoted to manager/producer of television programming for William Morris Agency (WMA) in New York

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