Robert F. Blumofe, studio exec and producer who helped bring to the screen such films as “Around the World in 80 Days,” “West Side Story” and “Elmer Gantry,” died July 22 in L.A. He was 94.
A former trustee of the Motion Picture & Television Fund, he helped raise $50 million for the fund’s capital campaign.
Other films he helped along were “Marty,” “Twelve Angry Men” and “Lilies of the Field.”
Native New Yorker graduated with a B.A. from Columbia U. and a law degree from its law school. He then joined Paramount Pictures’ legal staff in Gotham before transferring to Hollywood.
He switched to the production side in 1952 when he helped organize TV film production at Revue Prods., which became Universal Television. He also served as exec producer or producer on numerous Revue series before leaving for United Artists. For 13 years, he was UA’s VP in charge of production and West Coast operations.
He left UA in 1966 to become an indie producer, including “Yours, Mine and Ours,” “Pieces of Dreams” and “Bound for Glory.”
In 1977, he was named director of the American Film Institute West and headed the org until 1981.
Honors include the MPTF’s Silver Medallion; Permanent Charities’ Samuel Goldwyn Award; and Columbia U.’s John Jay Alumni Award for Distinguished Professional Achievement.
He is survived by a son, daughter, a stepson, a stepdaughter and four grandchildren.
Donations can be made to the MPTF.