Producer Don Devlin died of lung cancer December 11 in Los Angeles. He was 70.
Devlin began his career as an actor but eventually became a writer and producer. He co-wrote the 1963 film “Thunder Island” with Jack Nicholson and produced two films starring the actor: “The Fortune,” with Stockard Channing and Warren Beatty and “The Witches of Eastwick,” on which Devlin was the executive producer.
Born in the Bronx in 1930, Devlin served in the army during 1947 and 1948. Afterward, he enrolled in a Greenwich Village Dramatic Workshop and got his first acting work. He had guest appearances on the television shows “Rin Tin Tin” and “Tombstone Territory” and also acted in small roles in more than 10 films during the 1950s and early ’60s, including “Anatomy of a Psycho” in 1961, which he co-wrote.
In addition to “Psycho,” Devlin had writing credits on 1970’s “Loving” and on “Harry and Walter Go to New York” in 1976.
During the late 1960s and 70s, Devlin moved more exclusively into producing and executive producing.
The trajectory of Devlin’s career influenced that of his son Dean, also an actor, writer and producer. “My father was a true original thinker,” said Dean. “He was my father, my teacher and mentor, and my closest and dearest friend in the world.”
In addition to his son, Devlin is survived by his wife, Constance.
In lieu of flowers, family suggests donations in Devlin’s name be made to Amnesty Intl.
Carl J. Ferrazza
Carl J. Ferrazza, a 46-year veteran of the motion picture industry and former vice president of field activities and national promotion for Orion Pictures, died Nov. 15 of natural causes in New York. He was 80.
A longtime publicist popular with producers, personalities and press, Ferrazza was a pioneer in organizing and was an active voting member of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences.
Born in Cleveland, he began his motion picture career working for various theaters, including the Loews chain. In 1959, he was appointed Midwest field representative for Universal Pictures and moved in 1968 to United Artist Pictures, where he was named VP of field operations.
He is survived by his wife, Nina, a son and two brothers.