Veteran agent Harold “Hal” Gefsky died June 23 in Los Angeles after a long illness. He was 90.
The former VP at APA, where he worked for over 25 years, repped clients including Dyan Cannon, Linda Evans, Sharon Tate, Veronica Hamel, Troy Donahue and Gary Merrill. He helped launch the career of the 18-year old Tate when she arrived in Hollywood, telling the Saturday Evening Post, “She was so young and beautiful that I didn’t know what to do with her.”
Prior to his tenure at APA, Gefsky worked for the Mitchell Gertz Agency, as well running his own theatrical agency. In 1983, Gefsky was honored by the Association of Talent Agents with its Career Achievement Award.
“Hal Gefsky will be remembered as a great agent and a true gentleman,” said APA President and Chairman Jim Gosnell. “It was an honor to have had the opportunity to work with him.”
Gefsky was asked several years ago to present the first Hoyt Bowers Award given by the Casting Society of America in honor of Bowers, the former head of casting at both Paramount Pictures and Warner Brothers Studios, and longtime friend of Gefsky. In introducing Gefsky, the speaker said, “Hoyt was one of the finest gentlemen of Hollywood, and Hal is a most appropriate choice to make the presentation, because he is one of the few remaining gentlemen in this town.”
On another occasion, entertainer Mort Sahl described Gefsky as “a person with the most integrity of anyone I’ve ever met.”
Gefsky was born in Youngstown, Ohio and attended Miami U. in Ohio and UCLA. During WWII, he served as a major in the U.S. Army and served on General Dwight Eisenhower’s staff in Europe.
He was active on the board of directors of the Association of Talent Agents, and was a member of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, the Academy of Television Arts and Sciences and the Veterans of Foreign Wars.
Gefsky had no immediate survivors. A memorial will be held in Los Angeles at a date and time to be announced.
Donations may be made to the Motion Picture & Television Fund Foundation, P.O. Box 51150, Los Angeles, CA 90051-9706.
— staff reports