Production exec Edward Morey Jr. died July 21 at the Motion Picture & Television Fund hospital in Woodland Hills. He was 85.
Born in Boston, he served in World War II before moving to California where he began his career in the motion picture industry.
Morey started at Republic Studios as an assistant director, working on films such as “Legend of the Lost” and “The High and the Mighty.” In the early 1950s he directed the first commercials for MGM.
He served as executive production manager at Allied Artists and for MGM Studios, and then moved to the Mirisch Studios in 1969.
In 1970 he was named VP in charge of production at Warner Bros., where he worked for 13 years, until returning to MGM. After a stint at Gladden Entertainment, he spent the remainder of his career in the completion bond business, first for the Completion Bond Co. and then as VP in charge of production at Intl. Film Guarantors.
When he retired at age 80, he had been a member of the Directors Guild for over 50 years.
He is survived by two sons and three daughters, 10 grandchildren, one great grandchild and a sister. Donations may be made to the Motion Picture & Television Fund.