In the liner notes for his new album, Steve Martin recounts a conversation with his agent in which, “as a warning, he said, ‘Remember, Steve, you’re selling something no one wants.’ He meant CDs, but I also heard it as ‘music from a 70-year-old comedian.’” Well, sure, if they want to put it that way. Beyond little things like the death of physical media, ageism, and aversion to actors crossing over to other disciplines, there’s also the nearly global disinterest...
Highly competitive and unafraid to sue, this litigator has built what might have been a niche practice —protecting A-list stars from annoyance in a growing tabloid and Internet culture — into a real Hollywood mainstay. A-list clients have included Sylvester Stallone, Arnold Schwarzenegger, Quentin Tarantino, Jeremy Piven, Eric Dane, Kelly Preston – and even political honchos such as Senator Harry Reid.
Singer parted ways with longtime client Bill Cosby in 2015, freeing up time to deal with other headline-grabbing clients like Charlie Sheen (Singer forced Sheen’s ex-fiancee to accept arbitration in a lawsuit against the actor for not disclosing his HIV diagnosis). He also won $5 million for Bruce Willis from Benaroya Pictures, which shut down the star’s “Wake” during filming due to financial troubles, filed a $15 million lawsuit on behalf of Sofia Vergara, and hit BET with a multimillion-dollar breach of contract lawsuit for “Being May Jane” star Gabrielle Union.
Singer grew up in Brooklyn, went to the Brooklyn Law School, and in 1977 moved to L.A. where he cut his teeth at Schiff, Hirsch & Schreiber, an entertainment law firm, before forming his firm with Lavely in 1980.