Steven Bernhardt

Film producer-writer Steven Bernhardt died Monday, of cancer at his home in Los Angeles. He was 62.

The son of film director Curtis Bernhardt and ballerina Pearl Argyle Bernhardt, he graduated with a film degree from UCLA and went on assist Charles Bloch, researching and outlining novels for motion pictures.

He became a second A.D. on ZIV and Desilu TV productions before forming Pearlayne Prods. and co-producing the film “Kisses for My President” starring Fred McMurray.

He was also a first A.D. on the TV series “Maverick,” “Batman,” “Peyton Place” and “Time Tunnel” before moving on to the films “Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid,” “Where the Red Fern Grows” and “King Kong.”

He produced the Brian DePalma film “Get to Know Your Rabbit” in 1970, and was in charge of porduction for Max Baer Jr. in 1976-77, then joined Mac Neufeld Prods. as VP of motion picture development and production. He also worked on Paul Mazursky’s “Tempest” in 1980.

Other credits included being first A.D. on “Murphy’s Law.”

The ATAS and DGA member is survived by a daughter, two grandsons and a brother. Services will be private.

Contributions can be sent to Cedars-Sinai Hospice Program, 4444 S. San Vicente Blvd., Los Angeles CA 99048.

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