Worked on 'Star Wars'; managed Matt Dillon

“Star Wars” casting director Vic Ramos, who also served as personal manager for thesps including Matt Dillon, died Oct. 21 in New York of pulmonary failure. He was 77.

Ramos was casting director on Francis Ford Coppola’s “The Godfather Part II,” “Apocalypse Now,” Paul Schrader’s “American Gigolo” and and Brian de Palma’s “Dressed to Kill.”

He also worked on casting for Coppla’s “The Black Stallion,” Fellini’s “Casanova,” John Cassavetes’ “Gloria,” Sidney Lumet’s “The Group” and “The Anderson Tapes”; John Schlesinger’s “Midnight Cowboy”; Schrader’s “Blue Collar” and “Hardcore,” Michael Mann’s “Thief”; Alan Parker’s “Bugsy Malone” and Randal Kleiser’s “The Blue Lagoon”; as well as Tony Bill’s “My Bodyguard” and Jonathan Kaplan’s “Over the Edge” — both starring the young Dillon, who remained a lifelong client.

Born in Los Angeles, his father Victor Ramos Sr., was a grip at RKO. Growing up on studio backlots, the younger Ramos landed his first job as a bicycle messenger at Universal, then went to work in MGM’s marketing department for studio publicity chief Howard Strickling.

Ramos married Virginia Loew, granddaughter of Metro’s parent-company founder Marcus Loew. She died in 1964.

Switching his base to New York, Ramos opened his own casting agency and contributed to the “New York look” of TV fare as “Naked City” (on which, along with “Route 66,” he would occasionally appear as an actor) and the early 1970s movies “Where’s Poppa,” “Cotton Comes to Harlem” and “The Little Murders.”

In 1981, he opened the Ramos Management agency.

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