Jack Fine, 87, personal manager to theater and film actors, died Jan. 7 in Australia of heart failure.
He founded Apex Management Corp. and ran it for nearly 50 years.
Fine’s career began at MCA, where his clients included Eddie Cantor, the Marx Brothers and the Ritz Brothers. In 1933 he left MCA to found Apex, signing stars like Betty Grable, Johnny Weissmuller and Jeff Chandler.
Although he retired from fulltime work in 1982, Fine continued with Apex until he moved to Florida recently. He was in Australia on business. Fine’s son-in-law, David Feld, will replace him as president of Apex.
Born in Minsk, Fine fled Russia during the Bolshevik Revolution of 1917 at age 13. He grew up in Flatbush, Brooklyn.
Survived by a daughter, Estelle Fine-Feld, and a brother.