Bernard G. Wilens, former agent and topper of CBS’s film division in Europe, died of natural causes on June 30. He was 84.
Wilens is best known for producing the feature “How to Beat the High Cost of Living” with Jessica Lange.
He got his start in the mail room at the William Morris Agency in 1949 after graduating from New York University. He climbed through the ranks, eventually representing stars like Clint Eastwood, Jack Lemon and Ingmar Bergmann. In 1967, he left to head up the motion picture division of CBS in Europe.
Not long after, Wilens left the biz to raise a family in Woodstock, New York, where he served as Chairman of the Zoning Board in the 80s. From 1980 until his retirement in 1998, Wilens worked with Langbaum Associates, a pioneer in closed circuit video security.
Survivors include Wilens’ sister, his two sons and two grandchildren.