Rodney Sheldon, a writer and producer in TV and film as well as a theatrical manager, died Wednesday, Oct. 19, in Lake Hopatcong, N.J., after a five-year battle with neck and lung cancer. He was 70.
Sheldon was mentored by Mort Lachman, a producer and writer for “All in the Family,” among many other shows, and a writer for Bob Hope.
Sheldon’s management clients included Joseph Bologna, Renee Taylor, Joe Cortese and Teresa Ganzel.
Sheldon penned the features “To Kill the King” (1974) and “The Black Pearl” (1977). In 1978, he produced the CBS telepic “Thaddeus Rose and Eddie,” starring Johnny Cash.
In 1983, he became an independent producer under contract to Columbia Pictures Television. He remained there for five years, developing television series for stars including Elizabeth Taylor, Ed Asner and Pearl Bailey.
In 1987, he was exec producer of telepic “The Canterville Ghost,” starring John Gielgud, and theatrical feature “Deadly Illusion,” starring Billy Dee Williams and Morgan Fairchild.
Sheldon’s latest effort was the Untitled Chippendales Project, currently in development at Permut Presentations, Saphier Prods. and Scott Free.
Born in Queens, Sheldon graduated with a B.A. from Hofstra U. After working in real estate, he moved to Los Angeles to seek a career in entertainment.
He is survived by a son.
Services will be held at Hollywood Forever Cemetery, 6000 Santa Monica Blvd., on Saturday, Oct. 29 at 11 a.m.