David Begelman

Executive, Producer, Agent
One of the first agents to become a studio head, Begelman had a long and distinguished entertainment career that came to be overshadowed by one of Hollywood's most notorious financial scandals. (The episode received ... Read more »
Born: 08/26/1921 in Bronx, New York, USA

Filmography

Producer (1)

Wholly Moses! 1980 (Movie)

(Executive Producer)

Biography

One of the first agents to become a studio head, Begelman had a long and distinguished entertainment career that came to be overshadowed by one of Hollywood's most notorious financial scandals. (The episode received book-length coverage in David McClintick's 1982 bestseller, "Indecent Exposure.") The co-founder of a powerful talent agency and the head of two major film studios, Begelman entered show business in 1948 as an agent with Music Corp. of America. There he spent 11 years representing such stars as Judy Garland, Paul Newman and Barbra Streisand. When Begelman resigned in 1960, he had risen to VP of special programs. With fellow MCA alumnus Freddie Fields, Begelman launched Creative Management Associates with just four clients--Garland, Polly Bergen, Phil Silvers and Kirk Douglas. Over the years, CMA grew to become a top agency, representing major talents and packaging projects for film and TV. When CMA acquired General Artists Corp. in 1968, Begelman was named vice chairman and made a member of the executive committee. He left CMA in 1968 to head the financially troubled Columbia Pictures.

Relationships

Father

Daughter
survived him

Brother
surived him

Sister
survived him

Annabelle Begelman

Wife
Married until David's death

Gladyce Begelman

Wife
Died in 1986 of cancer

Sandra Bennett

Companion
former wife of singer Tony Bennett born in 1940

EDUCATION

Yale College, Yale University

New Haven, Connecticut 1947
school has no record of his attendance

School of Law, Yale University

New Haven, Connecticut
school has no record of his attendance

Milestones

1994

Gladden sent into bankruptcy by the major talent guilds after defaulting on $4.1 million in residuals

1984

With McNall, formed Gladden Entertainment; produced such hits as "The Fabulous Baker Boys", "Weekend at Bernie's" and "Mannequin"

1982

Worked out a financial settlement with MGM with nearly three years left on his contract; formed Sherwood Prods. with hockey team owner Bruce McNall and the Texas billionaire Hunt brothers

1978

Left Columbia; pleaded no contest to a felony (subsequently reduced to a misdeanor)

1977

Reinstated after a battle on the board of directors; subsequently resigned

1976

Forged an endorsement on a $10,000 check the studio had issued to actor Cliff Robertson; blamed it on a low level employee; Robertson involved the police and the LA district attorney

1973

Left CMA to assume the title of president of Columbia Pictures and senior executive VP of the parent company, Columbia Pictures Industries Inc.

1968

CMA acquired General Artists Corp.; Begelman named vice chairman and member of the executive committee

1960

Formed Creative Management Associates (CMA) with Freddie Fields, another former MCA employee (date approximate)

1948

Joined Music Corp. of America (MCA) as an agent; eventually rose to the position of vice president of special projects

Suspended at full pay for two months pending an investigation

Two more checks found with forged endorsements, one to director Martin Ritt and one to restaurateur Pierre Groleau

Landed an independent production deal with Columbia that reunited him with Fields

Served as president and CEO of MGM/UA

With Pennsylvania-based clothing manufacturer Sidney Kimmel, formed Gladden Prods.

Sentenced to three years probation for grand theft, a $5000 fine, and three years of community service (eventually reduced to one); produced a documentary on the dangers of PCP or "angel dust"

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