Longtime Hollywood producer Jerry Weintraub dies at 77

Jerry Weintraub
FILE - In this Jan. 12, 2014 file photo, producer Jerry Weintraub poses in the press room with the award for best mini-series or motion picture made for television for "Behind the Candelabra" at the 71st annual Golden Globe Awards in Beverly Hills, Calif. Weintraub, the dynamic producer and manager who pushed the career of John Denver and produced such hit movies as "Nashville" and "Ocean's Eleven," died, Monday, July 6, 2015, of cardiac arrest in Santa Barbara, Calif. He was 77. (Photo by Jordan Strauss/Invision/AP, File)

NEW YORK (AP) – Jerry Weintraub, the dynamic producer and manager who pushed the career of John Denver and produced such hit movies as “Nashville” and “Ocean’s Eleven,” has died.

He was 77.

Weintraub’s representatives say he died Monday of cardiac arrest in Santa Barbara, California.

Weintraub became a top concert promoter in the 1970s, working with the likes of Elvis Presley and shaping John Denver’s career.

He then tackled the movie business and produced such films as “Oh, God,” ”Diner” and “The Karate Kid” and its sequels.

Though Weintraub’s attempt to found his own studio ended in bankruptcy, his success as an independent producer spanned decades, including 2013’s Emmy-winning “Behind the Candelabra.”

He died with numerous projects in development, including the recently debuted HBO series “The Brink” and an upcoming remake of “Tarzan.”

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