Agent Tom Korman dies at 76

Talent vet repped Tony Curtis and Ethel Merman

Talent agent Tom Korman, whose clients included Tony Curtis, Ethel Merman and Ricardo Montalban, died of heart failure July 30 in Los Angeles. He was 76.

Known also as a personal manager, Korman spent the past decade as prexy of Tom Korman Management, revitalizing the careers of such talent as Rod Taylor, Florence Henderson and Ben Gazzara.

Born in New York, he was a student at Woodmere Academy before attending Brown University. He began his career at Grey Advertising in New York, and then joined the Ashley Steiner talent agency.

In 1963, Korman formed the Artists Group, where he represented Anthony Perkins, Elliott Gould and Julie Harris.

By the early 1970s, he moved to Los Angeles and formed Contemporary Korman Artists with Ronald Leif; and in 1986, he joined the Agency for the Performing Arts.

Korman spent the past decade fighting against AIDs, cancer and other illnesses with Project Angel Food. He was honored with the Project Angel Food Hour Glass award in 2006.

Korman is survived by his wife of 28 years, Pamela.

Donations may be made in Korman’s name to Project Angel Food, 922 Vine Street, Hollywood, CA 90038.

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