Producer Paul B. Radin, whose 60-year career began in showbiz advertising and led to creation of such films as “Born Free” and TV series “The Wizard,” died Oct. 18 of congestive heart failure in Santa Barbara, Calif. He was 88.
A native of New York City, Radin graduated from NYU’s school of commerce and got a job as an advertising assistant at Columbia Pictures in New York.
Prior to World War II, he served as an advertising director for United Artists, where he produced an ad campaign for the Hedy Lamarr starrer “Algiers.”
During WWII, Radin joined the Office of War Information and became film chief for the Middle East and the Balkans, serving in the Psychological Warfare Branch of Allied Force Headquarters.
Following the war, he returned to the advertising business, creating campaigns for films including “It’s a Wonderful Life” and the Howard Hughes-produced “The Outlaw.” In the late 1940s, he moved to California to produce an ad campaign for Charlie Chaplin’s “Monsieur Verdoux.”
Consequently, he became an agent with the Sam Jaffe Agency and later the Ted Ashley Agency, where he worked with TV series “Medic” and “Frontier,” as well as the films “Twelve Angry Man” and “The Magnificent Seven.”
Radin’s career as a producer was launched with the creation of “Born Free” (Academy Award winner for music and song) in 1966. He went on to produce its sequel, “Living Free,” as well as the television series “Born Free.”
His production credits also include such films as “The Blue Bird,” which starred Elizabeth Taylor, “The Ordeal of Dr. Mudd,” and “The Ghost and the Darkness” as well as CBS series “The Wizard.”
Radin was a lifetime member of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, and served on the City of Santa Barbara’s Film Commission during his retirement years.
He is survived by his wife, Jane Hewitt Radin, as well as three stepchildren, four granddaughters, two great-grandchildren, a sister and a nephew.
In lieu of flowers, family suggests donation be made to the Born Free Foundation, c/o the Santa Barbara Foundation, 15 E. Carrillo Street, Santa Barbara, CA 93101.