Industry vet began his career in 1954

Attorney Ray Kurtzman, who was one of the original group of employees at CAA, died of complications from Alzheimer’s Monday in Beverly Hills.

A memorial service will be held Thursday, April 26at 9 a.m. at Hillside Memorial Park, 6001 Centinela Ave., Los Angeles.

Kurtzman began his career in the entertainment industry in 1954 working in the legal department at Allied Artists Pictures. From there, he worked as in-house counsel at Mirisch Corporation, as west coast Head of Business Affairs at Columbia Pictures, and as a TV and motion picture attorney and business affairs exec at William Morris Agency before joining Creative Artists Agency in 1978.

As head of business affairs at CAA, Kurtzman was one of the first 20 employees and remained an important part of the agency for 22 years until his retirement in 2001.

A native of Los Angeles, he received his B.S. degree from UCLA and his law degree from USC.

He served on the boards of orgs including Cedars-Sinai Medical Center, the Jewish Federation of Los Angeles, the Jewish Community Foundation, Wilshire Boulevard Temple, the Motion Picture and Television Fund and the Executive Branch of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences.

He is survived by his wife, Lynette; two sons; a daughter and ten grandchildren.

Donations may made to the Motion Picture Television Fund, 22212 Ventura Blvd., Suite 300, Woodland Hills, CA 91364 or the Creative Artists Agency Foundation, 2000 Ave. of the Stars, Los Angeles, CA 90067.

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