Former AFTRA general counsel
Former AFTRA general counsel Mortimer Becker died of natural causes in Englewood, N.J., Thursday Jan. 2. He was 92. He had spent the last year as a resident of the Actors’ Fund Assisted Living Care Facility in Englewood.A graduate of NYU Law School, Becker formed the law firm Becker & London, which subsequently became Becker, London, Kossow & Jaffe. When the firm dissolved in 1990, Becker continued in private practice. Becker served as general counsel to the American Federation of Television and Radio Artists for nearly four decades in addition to representing the union’s New York local. In 1982, he received the George Heller Memorial Gold Card, AFTRA’s highest honor. Becker also represented the American Guild of Musical Artists for many years and was counsel to the Associated Actors and Artistes of America. In addition, his firm represented Denzel Washington, Steve Lawrence and Eydie Gorme, Alan King, E.G. Marshall, George C. Scott, Eva Marie Saint and Hugh Downs. In 1999, Becker received the Lifetime Achievement Award from the American Guild of Musical Artists. He was also honored that same year with the Broadway Theater Institute’s annual award for Lifetime Achievement. Becker is survived by two sons, two grandchildren and a sister. Private funeral services were conducted by the Neptune Society; a memorial service will be held in February. Contributions in Becker’s name may be made to the Actors’ Fund of America.