Veteran TV and feature film producer Harry Paul Tatelman, a senior VP at Universal Pictures, died Saturday at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center in Los Angeles after a short illness. He was 82.
Tatelman’s lengthy career with Universal began after his graduation from Harvard, when he joined then-agency MCA.
He subsequently held a variety of posts with Universal, including serving as special projects VP and running the Universal literary department for eight years.
Tatelman also produced more than 300 hours of TV, including “77 Sunset Strip,” “Sugarfoot” and “Colt .45.”
Feature credits include “Underwater,” “Run for the Sun” and “The Moviemaker.” In 1995 he exec produced the Damon Wayans comedy “Major Payne.”
Tatelman also worked for Warner Bros., Bing Crosby Prods., Hampshire Prods. and for Howard Hughes at RKO Pictures.
Funeral will be at 1:30 p.m. Friday at the Recessional Building of Forest Lawn Memorial Park in Glendale.
In lieu of flowers, contributions in Tatelman’s name may be sent to the Tony Patino Fellowship, c/o Francesca Turner, P.O. Box 8689, Universal City, CA 91618.