PR man David Resnik dies at 78

Represented Fonda, Cooper, Garland

Former public relations agent David Phillip Resnik died on Feb. 18 in Virginia Beach, Va. He was 78.

Resnik represented Henry Fonda, Gary Cooper, Judy Garland, Elizabeth Taylor, Marilyn Monroe, Kirk Douglas, Ava Gardner, Natalie Wood, Tony Curtis, Steve McQueen, Paul Newman, Joanne Woodward, Shirley MacLaine, Warren Beatty, Anthony Perkins, Dean Martin and Bobby Darin, as well as Timex, Honda Motorcycles, Cinerama and Playboy magazine.

He began his career in the mailroom at Warner Bros. in the early 1950s. He served in the PR wing of William Morris as well as at Rogers and Cowan, where he became an account executive in the motion picture division.

He traveled on tours with Frank Sinatra, Garland, Gardner, McQueen, Curtis, Peter, Paul & Mary, Sammy Davis Jr. and the Association.

After producing “Cat on a Hot Tin Roof,” starring Jessica Lange, Tommy Lee Jones and Rip Torn, for Showtime and PBS, Resnik started his own public relations agency, which he eventually sold.

Resnik is survived by his wife, Betty; a daughter and a son; plus seven grandchildren.

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