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Richard H. Bauman, talent agent and former actor, died July 31 in Los Angeles after a brief illness. He was 79.

Sandusky, Ohio, native opened his New York-based eponymous talent agency in 1960 after a 10-year career as an actor and dancer. He had appeared in the films “A Star Is Born” and “It Grows on Trees” as well as several TV shows of the 1950s, including “The Burns and Allen Show.”

At the Richard Bauman Agency, he specialized in finding and developing young talent, such as Bette Midler and Robert DeNiro.

In the early 1970s, he moved to Los Angeles and opened a West Coast branch of his firm. Shortly thereafter, he joined forces with agent Wally Hiller to form Bauman-Hiller & Associates.

Clients included James Earl Jones, Jean Stapleton, Ted Danson, Nancy Marchand, Sada Thompson, John Ritter and Daniel J. Travanti.

The agency is now known as Bauman, Redanty & Shaul, and continues to represent many of Bauman’s longtime clients through its offices in Los Angeles and New York City.