TV and film Producer Julian Ludwig, who worked with Charlie Chaplin, David L. Wolper and Clint Eastwood, died April 13 of lung cancer in Los Angeles following a long illness. He was 82.
Born in Los Angeles, Ludwig studied UCLA, but became interested in acting through his uncle, director Edward Ludwig. At UCLA, he also studied acting and joined fellow students to form The Circle Theater. Among them was Chaplin’s son, Sydney, who introduced him to his father, for whom Ludwig made his acting debut in the late-in-life pairing of Chaplin and Buster Keaton, “Limelight” in 1952.
After one more appearance in the film “Gog,” Ludwig moved into production and joined David L. Wolper’s organization.
“Our relationship, professionally and personally, bloomed for 58 years,” Wolper reflected, stressing “Julian was a dedicated and ferrous worker, but in life he was a most gentle, loving soul; we will all miss him.”
With Wolper, Ludwig was associate producer on the series, “Hollywood — The Fabulous Era,” “Hollywood and the Stars,” “Hollywood — The Great Stars,” “Hollywood and the Home Front, “Celebrate the Century” “Legends, Icons & Superstars of the 20th Century, and the motion pictures “Devil’s Brigade,” “Bridge to Remagen” and “Victory at Entebbe.”
He was production executive on “Imagine: John Lennon,” “Elvis: The Great Performances,” “The Immortal Jolson” and “The Legend of Marilyn Monroe.” His last work was as a production executive on two two-hour live network shows, “The American Movie Awards” for NBC, “Sixty Years of Seduction” for ABC and “Hollywood The Gift of Laughter,” a three hour television special for ABC.
Ludwig later produced “The Bold Men,” directed by William Friedkin, the TV series “Last of the Wild,” hosted by Lorne Greene, and “Texican.” For Eastwood, he was associate producer on “The Unforgiven” and collaborated on “Don’t Pave the Street,” a documentary about Carmel, Calif.
He is survived by his wife Margaretha and a sister.
Donations may be made to The American Cancer Society.