Harry Drucker, dead at 91

Celebrity barber for more than 50 years

Harry Drucker, a barber to many of Hollywood’s most glamorous leading men for over half a century, died May 13 of natural causes in Century City. He was 91.

Known for creating the “invisible hair cut,” Drucker’s roster of Hollywood’s most famous luminaries included Clark Gable, Tyrone Power, Spencer Tracy, Orson Welles, Frank Sinatra, George Raft, Bugsy Siegel, Lew Wasserman and Abe Lastfogel.

Drucker also attended then-President Ronald Reagan, a regular customer for 50 years, who consistently visited Drucker’s Beverly Hills shop while vacationing in Santa Barbara.

Born in Romania in 1906, Drucker began cutting hair in his native country at the age of 13. In 1936 he began barbering at the Waldorf-Astoria Hotel in New York City.

One of his customers was Billy Wilkerson, the late founder of the Hollywood Reporter and owner of La Rue, a celeb eatery in Hollywood. Wilkerson urged Drucker to move out west.

Drucker initially settled in Hollywood but later relocated to Beverly Drive and, in 1959, moved his landmark shop to the cor-ner of Linden Drive and Wilshire Blvd.

Drucker was affiliated with numerous organizations including Masonic Order, Shriners, Beth Am Congregation, Friar’s Club and the guardians of the Jewish Home for the Aged.

Drucker’s wife of 60 years, Millie, died in 1987.

Drucker is survived by sons Paul and Mark, the latter of whom heads the dispatch department of the William Morris Agency; a daughter, Rosalind Finerman; and four grandchildren.

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