You will be redirected back to your article in seconds

Michael McLean

Casting director, personal manager

Casting director and personal manager Michael Lee McLean died May 14 of cancer. He was 63.

Born in Los Angeles, McLean began his career working in the casting department on films “The Sound of Music,” “Patton,” “Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid” and served as casting director of “Rocky II” and “Highlander.”

He then became a personal manager, working with artists including John Phillips, Dennis Hopper, and Paul Reubens.

McLean helped launch Hollywood careers for numerous Australian actors, including Jack Thompson, Nicole Kidman, Naomi Watts, Peta Wilson and Simon Baker.

McLean is survived by his his wife of 25 years, Dr. Diane Dimeo-McLean, his mother, and a son.

Donations may be made to the Michael McLean Memorial Fund at the Psychoanalytic Center of California by contacting Anita at (310) 986-0655.

More Scene

  • 'Game Night' film premiere

    'Game Night': Director, Writer Talk 'Straddling Genres' and the Influence of 'Get Out'

    Casting director and personal manager Michael Lee McLean died May 14 of cancer. He was 63. Born in Los Angeles, McLean began his career working in the casting department on films “The Sound of Music,” “Patton,” “Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid” and served as casting director of “Rocky II” and “Highlander.” He then became […]

  • Esquire 'Mavericks of Hollywood' party

    Terry Crews on His Sexual Assault Lawsuit: 'If I Don’t Get Justice, Nobody Can'

    Casting director and personal manager Michael Lee McLean died May 14 of cancer. He was 63. Born in Los Angeles, McLean began his career working in the casting department on films “The Sound of Music,” “Patton,” “Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid” and served as casting director of “Rocky II” and “Highlander.” He then became […]

  • 20th Annual Costume Designers Guild Awards

    'I, Tonya,' 'The Shape of Water' Win at 2018 Costume Designers Guild Awards

    Casting director and personal manager Michael Lee McLean died May 14 of cancer. He was 63. Born in Los Angeles, McLean began his career working in the casting department on films “The Sound of Music,” “Patton,” “Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid” and served as casting director of “Rocky II” and “Highlander.” He then became […]

  • 'Atlanta' TV show premiere

    'Atlanta Robbin' Season' Will 'Show What Makes the City Tick,' Producer Says

    Casting director and personal manager Michael Lee McLean died May 14 of cancer. He was 63. Born in Los Angeles, McLean began his career working in the casting department on films “The Sound of Music,” “Patton,” “Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid” and served as casting director of “Rocky II” and “Highlander.” He then became […]

  • Mr Chow 50th Anniversary celebration

    Mr. Chow 50th Anniversary Party Draws Stevie Wonder, Heidi Klum & More Stars

    Casting director and personal manager Michael Lee McLean died May 14 of cancer. He was 63. Born in Los Angeles, McLean began his career working in the casting department on films “The Sound of Music,” “Patton,” “Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid” and served as casting director of “Rocky II” and “Highlander.” He then became […]

  • Paley Center for Media presents They

    African-American Showrunners Talk Strides in TV Representation

    Casting director and personal manager Michael Lee McLean died May 14 of cancer. He was 63. Born in Los Angeles, McLean began his career working in the casting department on films “The Sound of Music,” “Patton,” “Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid” and served as casting director of “Rocky II” and “Highlander.” He then became […]

More From Our Brands

Access exclusive content