Harold Schneider

Harold Schneider, a producer for such hits as “Hoffa,””Someone to Watch Over Me,””War Games” and “Black Widow,” died last Friday of a heart attack. He was 55 .

Schneider, who worked in the motion picture industry for some 34 years, died at his home in Ojai.

Though he got a head start in the industry through his father — Abe Schneider, former Columbia Pictures prexy and chairman — he worked his way up through TV with such shows as “The Naked City,””I Spy” and “The Invaders.”

Schneider later became involved in production for such pix as “Five Easy Pieces,””Days of Heaven” and “The Last Picture Show.”

A longtime friend of Jack Nicholson, Schneider co-produced all the films the star directed, including “Drive, He Said,””Goin’ South” and “The Two Jakes.”

Other producing credits include “The Entity,””The House of God,””Steelyard Blues,””Head,””King of Marvin Gardens,””A Safe Place” and “That Cold Day in the Park.”

His wife, Amy Schneider, said he recently realized a longtime dream by opening a restaurant, Nora’s Bistro, in Ojai, which will remain open.

In addition to his wife, he is survived by two daughters, a son, his mother and brother.

Family suggests that in lieu of flowers, donations may be sent to Harold Schneider Memorial Fund, Ventura County Community Foundation, 1355 Del Norte Road, Camarillo, CA 93010.

Services for Schneider will take place at noon Wednesday at Hillside Memorial Cemetery Chapel in Los Angeles.

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