We are saddened to report that Martin Bregman, who produced some of Al Pacino’s greatest movies has passed away. He died on Saturday of a cerebral hemorrhage, according to his wife Cornelia.
Some of the films that Bregman produced were “Serpico,” “Dog Day Afternoon,” “Scarface” and “Sea of Love.” He was 92.
As producer of “Dog Day Afternoon,” he shared a best picture nomination in 1976.
Great movie but what about Scarface? I’ve probably watched that movie 100 times!
Carmel Dagan at Variety reports that Bregman, who discovered Pacino in an Off Broadway play, was the personal and business manager not only for Pacino and Alan Alda but also at various times for Barbra Streisand, Woody Allen, Faye Dunaway, Candice Bergen and Bette Midler.
This man was one heavy dude.
Bregman nurtured Pacino as the actor built his stage and then his film career, helping Pacino land his first starring role in a feature, 1971’s “Panic in Needle Park,” for which the actor beat out Robert De Niro.
Hell yeah! SCREW ROBERT DE NIRO!
Building film projects around the young Pacino, Bergman produced his first films in 1973’s “Serpico” and 1975’s “Dog Day Afternoon,” both memorably starring the actor. The two would later reteam for 1983’s “Scarface,” 1989’s “Sea of Love” and 1993’s “Carlito’s Way.”
Martin Bregman was born in New York City and was educated at Indiana University and NYU.
Bregman initially had a job selling insurance; he first got into show business as a night club agent before he transitioned into a career in personal management.
Bregman is survived by his second wife, actress Cornelia Sharpe, whom he married in 1981, and children Michael, Chris, and Marissa.
We send our deepest condolences to his family, friends and fans.
Rest in peace my brother and thank you for the wonderful memories.