Beverly Hills News – Prolific Producer/Half Century Beverly Hills Resident Arthur Gardner, Dead At 104
Posted Wednesday, December 31 – 11:35 AM
By John L. Seitz
Prolific producer Arthur Gardner, a resident of Beverly Hills since 1963, died Dec. 19 at Sunrise Assisted Living. He was 104.
Known as “Oscar’s oldest voter” by the Academy of Motion Picture Arts & Sciences, the Wisconsin-native was born June 7, 1910 and came to Hollywood in 1929. He was employed as an extra by Carl Laemmle and appeared in the classic All Quiet On The Western Front.
Gardner produced and directed Army educational training films during World War II, working with Capts. Ronald Reagan and Clark Gable and Lt. William Holden. It was there during this time he met his subsequent partners, Jules V. Levy and Arthur Laven.
Under the Levy-Gardner-Laven banner, he produced a number of hit TV series including The Rifleman, The Detectives and The Big Valley. His array of feature films starred such magic names as John Wayne, Burt Reynolds, Burt Lancaster, Gene Hackman, David Carradine, etc.
He is survived by sons Steven and Douglas; brother George; and two grandchildren. His wife of 60 years, Marcia Grant Gardner, predeceased him in 2002.
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