Film vet was 'Star Wars' production manager

Producer and production manager Peter V. Herald died in Los Angeles from complications due to Parkinson’s disease on Feb. 17. He was 86.

Born in Berlin, Germany, he was the son of Heinz Herald, artistic director of the Max Reinhardt Theaters in Berlin, who won an Academy Award for best screenplay for the film “The Life of Emile Zola” in 1937.

At the age of 16, Peter Herald came to Los Angeles and graduated from UCLA. He served in the U.S. Air Force during WWII and then served for the American Military Government in Germany as a Film Control Officer from the end of WW2 thru 1954.

While in Europe, he met Walt Disney, who hired him as production supervisor for Europe from approx 1960-1966. During that time, Peter produced “Almost Angels” and associate produced, among others, “Miracle of the White Stallions” and “Emile and The Detectives” for Disney.

Returning to Los Angeles, he continued served as production manager on films such as “Silver Streak” and “Star Wars.”

His other credits include associate producer/unit production manager on “Foul Play,” co-producer of “Outrageous Fortune” and exec producer of “Married to It.”

Herald also worked in-house at both Columbia Pictures and Universal Pictures as a production exec throughout the 1980s.

He is survived by a daughter, a son and three grandchildren.

Donations may be made to the Peter V. Herald Memorial Fund at the Parkinson’s Resource Organization. www.parkinsonsresource.org.

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