Edward Lasker, a film producer in the late 1940s who served as counsel to the law firm of Rogers & Wells and also functioned as a director of Philip Morris Cos. from 1961 until his retirement in 1980, died July 11 at his home in Los Angeles following a lengthy illness. He was 85.
Between 1946 and 1952, Lasker served as Howard Hawks’ partner in Winchester Pictures, and was associate pro-ducer for two of Hawks’ films at RKO, “The Thing” (1951) and “The Big Sky” (1952).
A graduate of Yale U., Lasker served as special assistant to the Secretary of the United States Navy, Frank Knox from 1941 to 1942,.
In 1955 he graduated from UCLA with a law degree and became a partner in the law firm of Hastings and Lasker from 1956 to 1967.
He was also a partner in the law firm of Irwin, Glueckman and Lasker before serving as counsel to the law firm of McKenna & Etting.
Lasker also served as director of Philip Morris Cos. from 1961 until his retirement in 1980.
He is survived by his wife, Cynthia, sons Albert, Steven and Lawrence (a screenwriter) and a sister.