Irving R. Kumin

Longtime theatrical agent Irving R. Kumin, who enjoyed a four decade career in numerous facets of the film business, died May 12 of natural causes in Long Beach. He was 92.

Following graduation from Harvard College and Harvard Business School, he joined Samuel Goldwyn Prods. in 1931, where he worked in the casting department.

He moved over to Warner Bros. that same year and worked in the story and production departments before settling on a career as a talent scout and casting director.

During World War II he served as a captain in the 18th AAF Base Unit, which included Ronald Reagan. The unit , which was based in Culver City, staffed with actors and other film professionals, made training and combat films.

Following the war, Kumin joined Cagney Prods. as a talent executive and special assistant to William and James Cagney.

He worked as an agent from 1949 until his retirement in 1973 and during that time founded the Kumin-Olenick Agency and later served as a senior partner in the Progressive Artists Agency, both located in Beverly Hills.

Kumin was a member of the Academy of Motion Pictures Arts and Sciences and life member of the Actors’ Fund of America and a long-time member of the Synagogue of the Performing Arts.

He is survived by a nephew and niece.

Contributions may be made to the Actors Fund of America.

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