Bernie Williams, Producer of ‘Manhunter,’ ‘Daredevil,’ Dies at 72

Bernie Williams Obit Dead

British-born Bernard Telvin Williams, a producer of films including “A Clockwork Orange,” “Manhunter,” “What About Bob?,” “Dirty Rotten Scoundrels” and “Daredevil,” died of cancer in Lake Arrowhead, Calif., on January 4. He was 72.

Williams was associate producer not only on Stanley Kubrick’s “A Clockwork Orange,” but also on the director’s “Barry Lyndon.” Other producing credits include “The Bounty,” a reworking of “Mutiny on the Bounty” starring Anthony Hopkins and Mel Gibson; the epic “Ragtime,” based on the E.L. Doctorow novel and directed by Milos Forman; Michael Mann’s “Manhunter,” the first Hannibel Lecter film; Bill Murray comedy “What About Bob?”; Frank Oz’s Michael Caine-Steve Martin vehicle “Dirty Rotten Scoundrels”; the Steve Martin-Eddie Murphy comedy “Bowfinger”; and 2003 Ben Affleck superhero movie “Daredevil.”

His final credit came on the 2006 version of “Charlotte’s Web.”

Williams was also unit production manager on a number of the films that he produced.

Williams was born in London. As a teenager he began working in the mailroom of Associated British Pictures studios and took every opportunity to gain experience and knowledge about filmmaking.

As his career in the U.K. began to blossom, opportunities arose in Hollywood, and in 1981 Williams moved to Los Angeles.

He is survived by two daughters, Dana Maginnis and Vanessa Thiemann; a son, Howard Williams; a sister, Gaye Shepard; and his ex-wife, Valerie Norman Dannels.

A memorial celebration will be held at a date to be determined.

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  1. Chris Cole says:

    I grew up with Beŕnie and his kids, and remember visiting him as he arrived in LA for his big break in 81, saddened to hear of his death but happy to be reminded of the good times, love to the family.RIP

  2. So sorry to hear of the sad loss of Bernie in January.I knew him when he was a teenager and even went out with him for a while untill we went our separate ways. I was also very friendly with his Sister Gaye and his Parents. I have never forgotten him and I hope he is now t peace.

  3. Katherine Hoffman says:

    I used to volunteer for a dog adoption group with Bernie. He was so devoted, so passionate about finding the best homes for our four legged friends, so energetic and full of life. Bernie, I hope you were greeted by your “puppies”, may you find peace with them.

  4. Steev Beeson says:

    What a shock! When I worked with Bernie, on the first attempt to start production of THE 33 in Santiago, Chile in 2013, he was as vital and professional a Producer as any I have worked with. And such a bighearted gentleman. His love and care for animals was exemplary. Rest in Peace Bernie. Hope to work with you on the next one.

  5. So sorry to hear this. Bernie and I worked together on a sequel to his film Bounty and he remained a friend. I spoke to him as recently as just before Christmas. In fact I emailed him only this morning and then heard the news. My condolences to his family and love to all his doggies. x

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