Marc Merson, Producer of Film and TV, Dies at 82

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Marc Merson, best remembered for producing the feature films “Doc Hollywood,” “The Heart Is a Lonely Hunter” and “Leadbelly,” died Sunday, Sept. 29, at Cedars Sinai Hospital in Los Angeles. The veteran producer of film and television was 82.

The many TV series he produced including “Kaz,” “We’ll Get By,” “The Waverly Wonders,” “Jessica Novak” and “Off the Rack.” In the 1960s, he produced two highly regarded television specials: a musical version of George Bernard Shaw’s “Androcles and the Lion” with songs by Richard Rodgers, and the Murray Schisgal-scripted “The Love Song of Barney Kempinski,” which launched ABC’s “Stage 67” series.

He is survived by his wife Nina Wilcox Merson; two daughters; seven grandchildren; and two sisters.

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