Charles B. FitzSimons, longtime executive director of the Producers Guild of America, died Wednesday Feb. 14 of liver failure at Kaiser Permanente Hospital in Los Angeles. He was 76.
FitzSimons assumed the PGA post in 1981 and held it until he retired last May. In 1990 he received the first Lifetime Honorary Membership Award (now known as the Charles B. FitzSimons Award) for service to the guild.
The brother of actress Maureen O’Hara, FitzSimons was born in Dublin, Ireland, where he earned a bachelor’s degree in political, legal and economic science from the National University of Ireland and a law degree from Kings Inns of Court in Dublin before graduating from the Abbey Theater of Dublin with a degree in dramatic arts.
He was brought to the United States by director John Ford in 1951 after overseeing the Irish location shooting of Ford’s “The Quiet Man.” FitzSimons also acted in the film alongside his sister and John Wayne.
FitzSimons spent the next two years acting before returning to production. Over the course of his 41-year career, he was directly involved in producing hundreds of film and televison projects. He produced the “Love American Style” series for Paramount during the early 1970s. During a later stint at Warner Bros., he worked on the TV series “Wonder Woman.” Over the years, FitzSimons also worked with 20th Century Fox, Edward L. Alpert productions, Columbia/Screen Gems and MGM.
He is survived by his wife, Cherie, five children, three sisters and five grandchildren.
Services will be held 7 p.m. Thursday at St. Martin of Tours in Brentwood and will be followed by a reception.
In lieu of flowers, family suggests donations to the Irish Sisters of Charity, 10664 St. James Dr., Culver City 90230-5498.