William Kane Eliscu, a former film and TV producer, died of heart failure Dec. 29 at St. Joseph’s Medical Center in Burbank. He was 80.
Born in New York, Eliscu began his career in the NBC newsroom under the tutelage of sportscaster Bill Stern.
During War World II, Eliscu was a member of the Office of Strategic Services (OSS), the precursor of the CIA.
Following the war, Eliscu worked in various production capacities on feature films and documentaries, including “Foreign In-trigue,” “13 Rue Madeline,” “Count Five and Die” and “OSS — The Series,” for which he drew on his own WWII experiences and clandestine operations in Europe.
He later joined Bob Hope Prods. and worked on Hope’s last starring film, “Cancel My Reservation.”
Eliscu had been living in Geneva, Switzerland, for the past 10 years but returned to his Toluca Lake home earlier this year.
He is survived by his wife, Ilsa, a son, a grandson and a sister.