Prolific Award-Winning Producer Arnold Kopelson Dies At Age 83
Posted Tuesday, October 16, 2018 - 11:12 am
Prolific Oscar-winning producer Arnold Kopelson died Monday of natural causes in his Beverly Hills home at age 83.
Born on Feb, 14, 1935 in Brooklyn, he graduated from New York University and earned a law degree from New York Law School, which eventually awarded him with its Distinguished Alumnus Award for Lifetime achievement.
After a short stint with a Manhattan law firm specializing in entertainment lending transactions, he got into film financing full time, teaming up with his future wife and business partner of 42 years, Anne Feinberg, to form Film Packages, Inc.
Moving to Hollywood, Kopelson embarked on a career as a full-time, independent producer with such hits as the Oscar and Golden Globe best picture winner Platoon, plus The Fugitive, Outbreak, Eraser, U.S. Marshals, Triumph Of The Spirit, Porky’s and Falling Down among his 29 features.
He served on the executive committee of the Producer’s branch of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts & Sciences, on the board of USC’s Peter Stark Motion Picture Producer’s Program, and until recently was a member of the board of directors of CBS Corporation for the past 11 years.
Kopelson is survived by his wife, Anne, and three children: Peter, Evan and Stephanie. Services were held Wednesday at Mt. Sinai Memorial Park. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Cedars-Sinai Medical Center.