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David Charnay

Former Four Star chief

David Charnay, who bought and topped Four Star Television Prods. from the late 1960s to the early ’80s, died Wednesday Oct. 2 of complications from surgery in L.A. He was 90.

He led a syndicate in 1967 that bought controlling interest in Four Star, founded in 1955 by Dick Powell, David Niven, Charles Boyer and others. Charney served as prexy, CEO and chair, turning the company into a powerhouse syndicator of its large library, which included “The Rifleman,” “Wanted: Dead or Alive,” “The Big Valley” and more.

New York native Charnay attended Wesleyan U. and NYU, became a reporter for the New York Daily News and the New York Daily Mirror, and served in the Office of Strategic Services during WWII.

After the war, he founded Allied Public Relations; clients included a diverse array of pols, activists, and celebs, including John L. Lewis, Madame Chiang Kai-shek, Cecil B. DeMille, Jimmy Hoffa, Richard Nixon and Hubert Humphrey.

He moved on industrial posts, wrote novels including political thriller “Target 1600” and “Operation Lucifer: The Chase, Capture and Trial of Adolf Hitler.”

He is survived by wife Martha, a son, two daughters, a sister and seven grandchildren.

Donations may be made to the Leukemia Society.

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