Veteran motion picture producer Julian Blaustein, whose films include “Khartoum” and the landmark sci-fi film “The Day the Earth Stood Still,” died June 20 in Beverly Hills of cancer. He was 82.
In a career that spanned 40 years, Blaustein produced 18 films and also served as a trustee of the Motion Picture & Television Fund.
Blaustein, a native of New York and graduate of Boston Latin School and Harvard University, began his career in 1934 as a reader for Universal. He became head of its story department in 1938.
Later that year, he founded and headed the story department for MCA and in 1939 joined Paramount as head of its story department.
During World War II, Blaustein served in the Army Signal Corps photo center in Long Island and was involved in the production of more than 250 movies, including training, information and docu films.
Following the war, Blaustein joined David O.Selznick Prods. as editorial supervisor and in 1949 landed at 20th Century Fox as a producer and later an executive producer, supervising more than 20 films a year.
In 1952 Blaustein left Fox and became an independent producer, making films for Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer, Columbia Pictures, United Artists and Universal Pictures.
Blaustein’s motion picture credits include “Broken Arrow” in 1950, “The Day the Earth Stood Still” in 1951, “Cowboy” and “Bell, Book and Candle” in 1958 and “Khartoum” in 1966.
A member of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts & Sciences since 1946, Blaustein was credited with starting the Academy’s Don & Gee Nicholl Fellowships in Screenwriting, which he ran from its inception in 1985.
Blaustein was named to the board of trustees of the Motion Picture & Television Fund in 1987 and served in that position until his death.
He is survived by his wife, Florence; two children, John Blaustein and Laurie Megee; and four grandchildren.
There will be no funeral.
Family suggests contributions to the Motion Picture & Television Fund Foundation in Woodland Hills.