Marvin Paige, who cast movies including “Star Trek: The Motion Picture,” two Woody Allen films and shows including “General Hospital,” worked as a celebrity handler and owned an extensive Hollywood archive, died Wednesday in Los Angeles of injuries sustained in a car crash in Laurel Canyon last month. He was in his 80s.
For his work on nearly 100 episodes of “General Hospital,” he received two Artios nominations from the Casting Society of America. He cast thesps such as Demi Moore and Tia Carrere in the soap.
Paige spent several decades as a casting director, then reinvented himself in later years as a keeper of Hollywood history who could always find the right person to appear at a tribute or showbiz celebration, such as a recent Cinecon event for Shirley Jones and Pat Boone. “He was essential in targeting the right celebrities for the right event,” said publicist Edward Lozzi, who confirmed his death.
Lozzi said that Paige helped book classic showbiz figures for numerous organizations including AMPAS, AFI, the American Cinematheque and the Night of 100 Stars Oscar party.
Among the other shows he cast were the “Planet of the Apes” TV series, “Lassie” and “Combat!”
In film, he worked with Woody Allen on “Take the Money and Run” and “Everything You Always Wanted to Know About Sex.” Though he was uncredited, he got his start in the casting department for “Breakfast at Tiffany’s.”
He also worked on numerous TV movies such as “Terror on the Beach” and “Mayday at 40,000 Feet!”
Paige’s Motion Picture and Television Research Archive was used by shows such as “American Masters,” “Backstory” and “Biography.”