Longtime agent Fred Amsel died Sunday, Sept. 21, at the Motion Picture and Television Fund Country Home in Woodland Hills, Calif. He was about 89 and had suffered strokes.Manhattan native and WWII infantry vet landed in Normandy and was awarded the Bronze Star and Purple Heart. Amsel started out as an actor-comedian and opened for Jimmy Durante. He repped Joey Bishop and such talents as Janet Leigh, Vic Tayback and Mako while working at the Lillian Small and Kumin-Olenick tenpercenteries before starting his own agency, now known as Amsel, Eisenstadt & Frazier. He was on the board of United Cerebral Palsy in L.A. for more than 40 years and was active in other charitable orgs. He would brings celebrities to the UCP children’s home during the Christmas holidays and was praised for his many kindnesses and dedication to the org; he was the first recipient of the its top nod, the Tobi Award, presented only about five times in its history. Services at the Country Home are pending.
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