Press agent Bernie Kamber died in New York on May 22. He was 94.
Born in Gotham, the colorful, Runyonesque PR man got his start as an exploitation man for United Artists in the 1930s, traveling the country to promote films prior to their openings.
During WWII, he worked as a tour manager for stars performing for the troops.
After the war, he continued to work as a press agent, repping performers including Hopalong Cassidy, Rita Hayworth, Kirk Douglas, Laurence Olivier, Clark Gable, Helen Hayes and Gina Lollabrigida.
Kamber then went to work for Burt Lancaster’s company Hecht-Lancaster, where he worked on the Oscar campaigns for “Marty,” which took best picture in 1955, “Separate Tables” and “Elmer Gantry.”
A longtime member of the New York Friars Club, Kamber served on the board of governors and held the title of historian.
His involvement in the movie business led to a bit part in 1960s comedy “The Plot Against Harry,” and he also appears in Woody Allen’s tribute to Borscht Belt comedians, “Broadway Danny Rose.”
Kamber continued working at Technicolor until retiring at 90.