Mike Beck

Mike Beck, 81, whose career in film publicity spanned 60 years, died Jan. 10 in New York of heart failure.

Born Myer P. Beck, he graduated from New York U. and in 1931 went to work for Warner Bros. The following year he joined the United Artists publicity department, and eventually became head of the department under Monroe Greenthal.

After leaving UA, Beck became head of the New York office of Russell Birdwell, handling such clients as Andre Kostelanitz and Lily Pons.

In 1945, Beck started his own company, where he represented such figures as Albert Lewin, Otto Preminger, Kirk Douglas, Jules Dassin, Jerome Hellman, Stanley Kramer and Albert (Cubby) Broccoli. He worked with Broccoli on all of the producer’s James Bond films.

Survived by his wife, Helen; daughter, Linda Cane; and two grandchildren.

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