Longtime literary agent Harold Greene died Sunday at his home in Marina Del Rey. He was 84.
In the early 1950s, Greene was elected to the executive board of what became the Writers Guild of America, serving multiple terms. As chairman of the minimum demands committee, he helped negotiate the first contract for TV writers.
In the changing world of superagencies, Greene remained independent, choosing to represent a small, select number of clientele. He partnered for a time with Bob Eisenbach, but spent most of his career as the head of his own talent agency, Harold Greene Inc.
Greene began his career in Hollywood in the 1940s as a screenwriter, penning “The House of Seven Gables.” He briefly segued from writing and produced the feature “Sleep My Love” as well as “Jungle Jim” for TV.
Born in Patterson, N.J., Greene graduated from Brown U. and served in the army during WWII, making military training films.
He was married to his wife, Marilyn, for over 40 years. He is survived by two children and five grandchildren.
Memorial services will be held at 11 a.m. today at Mount Sinai Memorial Park, 5950 Forest Lawn Dr., in Los Angeles.