Agent Wilt S. Melnick, who discovered and represented such celebs as Debbie Reynolds, Kim Novak, Margot Kidder and Rod Taylor, died of leukemia July 28 at his Bel-Air home. He was 85.
His roster of clients also included Anne Baxter, Carrie Fisher, Rosanna Arquette and Timothy Hutton.
After serving in World War II as a lieutenant, the Chicago native joined the Louis Shurr Agency, where he eventually became a partner. Melnick switched to Chase-Park-Citron in 1968 and advanced to vice president. Weathering ICM’s buyout of that agency in the 1980s, he retired in 1987.
Melnick is survived by his wife, Viney, his brother, a son, a daughter and two grandchildren.
Memorial donations may be sent to the Leukemia Society, 100 Corporate Point, Culver City, CA 90230.