Film and TV producer Edward K. Milkis died Saturday following an extended illness. He was 65.
A Los Angeles native, Milkis was in the editorial department of MGM, where he was an assistant on such films as “North by Northwest” and “Tom Thumb.” Shifting to production, he moved to Paramount, where he was associate producer of the original “Star Trek” TV skein. Subsequent TV productions included “Happy Days,” “Laverne & Shirley,” “Bosom Buddies” and “Petrocelli.”
In the mid-1970s he formed a partnership with Thomas L. Miller to produce theatrical features. Among their movies were “Silver Streak,” “Foul Play” and “The Best Little Whorehouse in Texas.”
He retired from the industry 10 years ago to devote his time to a number of charitable organizations, including the Guardians of the Jewish Home for the Aging and the Weizmann Institute of Science. He was most recently president of the former.
Milkis is survived by his wife, Marcia, and five children.
Funeral services will be held today at Hillside Memorial Park at noon. The family has requested that donations be made to the Guardians or the City of Hope Bone Marrow Transplant Program.