Marvin Paige, Casting Director on ‘Star Trek,’ ‘General Hospital,’ Dies

Marvin Paige Dead
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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.”

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  1. Marvin knew everyone. He was instrumental on getting clearances for USC’s DVD of “the Nina Foch Course for Filmmakers and Actors”. He had been a good freind of Nina’s along with most all of the surviving stars of Hollywood’s Golden Era.

  2. Connie Billips says:

    R.I.P., my dear, sweet friend, Marvin Paige. Your lifelong dedication and passion for preserving Hollywood history is unmatched, as is your generosity and kindness to those in the business who everyone else threw away. You always went above and beyond to quietly and without publicity help those in need, from the uncredited extra to the one time superstar. It was/is an incredible honor to have known you, Marvin–you will be loved, appreciated, and missed always… <3

  3. My cousin, Buddy (Marvin Paige) was destined to live and work in Hollywood. From the time he was a young fellow, his entire bedroom-floor to ceiling was plastered with pictures of movie stars. When we were teenagers, I often went with him to NYC where we chased celebrities for autographs and a few minutes of their time . Shirley Booth was especially warm and had us visit her in her dressing room. I’m glad that he had so many friends in Hollywood because he was unappreciated when he was growing up and despite that, when his mother ( married to my uncle)t became ill later in life, he brought her back to live with him. It gives me solace to know that he had so many friends. May he rest in peace. Ree Adler

    • Tony Villani says:

      I loved Marvin. To me he was a great friend, always kind, never cynical, never phony. He was supportive and encouraging. He may have been eccentric but he was always a gentleman, always eager to help. Those who dealt with him knew he wouldn’t let them down. He genuinely loved what Hollywood had been and had a clear understanding of that and what it had become. He knew everyone and introduced me to many of the people he knew. He eased me into Hollywood. He dreaded the way many people drive. He let his neighbors’cats graze in his front yard and fed them because he felt they were not treated nicely at home. a gentle soul indeed! I miss you, Marvin!

  4. Marvin, the kindest man you would ever want to know. Hosted him on my talk show “Hollywood Upbeat” back in 1991 and remained friends. He must be credited as a visionary when it came to preserving Hollywood memorabilia – His Motion Picture Archive hosts countless items of entertainment history. How many items he saved that were to be trashed by the studios? He delighted in the magic of the Hollywood machine and the fantasy worlds it creates. His phone CONSTANTLY was ringing from someone returning his call to see how they were doing. He always kept in touch, was warm hearted and caring. A gem. Rest in peace, my friend.

  5. Marvin meant so much to so many in Hollywood. He was an original in every way. Who didn’t love meeting up with Marvin?! If it wasn’t for his extensive knowledge of and gracious relationships with the wonderful stars of Republic Pictures, the 75th Anniversary celebration of the former studio (held 9/25/2010 at it’s original site in Studio City) would not have been so glorious. Words do not come easy as to how much he will be missed.

  6. To one of my mentors–who helped and taught me so much in this business–Marvin Paige…I will miss you Marvin—fly with the angels now. With all my love.

  7. Wesley Eure says:

    I loved Marvin!!!!!!!! Marvin cast me in a movie called C.H.O.M.P.S. which was screened at a comedy club on Sunset Blvd. just this last Saturday. I was reading the credits after the screening and sending him lots of love that night. ….BUT one thing I will forever love him for, was in the 1980′s when my mother had beaten cancer, Mavin would book her, a non-actress, as an extra on General Hospital so she could qualify for health insurance. Marvin did this for many years……. Marvin is the last of a dying breed. Individuals who’s unique personality and quirkiness helped shape our industry. I will miss him so.

  8. David North says:

    Marvin was one of the bright Candles in the dark of Hollywood , We will miss him and others that were the Builders of the industry from the very beginning .

  9. Mark Justin says:

    Working in the “General Hospital” casting dept for many years with Marvin & Skitch & Lisa was a wonderful adventure. What a job transporting a thousand boxes of Hollywood history when Marvin moved from his West Hollywood apt to his home in the valley. Marvin, you collected as many friends as your files full of treasures. Long live the memories! Mark Justin

  10. He was a wonderful man, and there will never be another like him ♥ I will miss him

  11. Richard Kelley says:

    He was a man with a very good heart. He never let the world forget about the Actors and Actresses of the past, always keeping in touch with everyone he could, doing his best to make everyone feel good about the work, about themselves. He cared about People, about the film industry, about its legacy. He lived his life doing what he loved to do and he touched many lives in very positive ways. He will be missed by those who knew him.

  12. Marvin was a great guy. He was a walking encyclopedia on Hollywood. Please let us know where the memorial will be held.

  13. John G. Thomas says:

    A dear, dear man with a big heart who loved Hollywood more than anyone I’ve ever known.

  14. Robert King says:

    Rest in Peace Marvin ! Most Thoughtful Mr Lozzi

  15. Marvin was a personal friend since 1974. He was a consummate casting director and worked with all of the MGM talent when he was head of talent and casting for MGM studios.
    His collection of memorabilia may be the most extensive collection in our industry.
    He was also very active in the Palm Springs film festivals of late and give many a start to
    stars of yesterday as well as today. He will be missed.

    Jerold Franks
    Past President
    Casting Society of America

  16. Marian Collier says:

    Marvin , you were one of the best. You will be missed by all.
    Marian Collier

  17. Marvin was a swell guy. I got to know him throughout my years in Hollywood. He was a guest on my cable TV show, “The Stanley Dyrector Show.” http://www.la36.org

  18. Very sorry to hear of Marvin’s passing. He got his start working on my Dad’s TV and Radio shows in New York. When I moved out here, he was kind enough to cast me in many roles on General Hospital and that lasted over 14 years.

    Thank you Marvin. You were definitely one of a kind. RIP
    Dick Heatherton

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