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Tony Adams

Producer

Tony Adams, who headed Blake Edwards Prods. for many years and was producer on “Victor/Victoria,” “10” and six “Pink Panther” films, died Saturday in Manhattan. He was 52.

Services will be held at 2 p.m. today at the Holy Name of Jesus Church, 98th Street and Amsterdam, New York.

Adams had suffered a stroke Thursday during a meeting about the “Spider-Man” Broadway musical, and then had an aneurysm after being admitted to the hospital. Adams was a partner in Hello Entertainment, which develops and produces Broadway shows with partners including Walt Disney Theatrical Prods. and Endemol.

Julie Andrews and Blake Edwards issued a statement from Switzerland, saying, “We are devastated. We felt he was our second son.”

Born in Dublin, Adams started in motion pictures as an assistant to director John Boorman on “Deliverance” while still a teenager. “Deliverance” star Burt Reynolds hired him to work on his Florida ranch and introduced him to Edwards.

Adams’ first film job for Edwards was as associate producer on “The Return of the Pink Panther,” and he later became president of Blake Edwards Entertainment. Among the other “Pink Panther” movies he produced or co-produced were “The Pink Panther Strikes Again,” “Revenge of the Pink Panther,” “Trail of the Pink Panther,” “Curse of the Pink Panther” and “Son of the Pink Panther.”

Adams also worked on several films starring Andrews, including “10,” “S.O.B,” “Victor/Victoria,” “The Man Who Loved Women” and “That’s Life!” He produced “Julie,” a short-lived television series, starring Andrews, in 1992.

Other films he produced for Edwards’ company include “Micki and Maude,” “Sunset,” “Switch” and “Peter Gunn.”

The 1995 stage version of “Victor/Victoria” brought Adams to New York. He co-produced the musical, starring Andrews and Tony Roberts, which ran for more than 700 performances. Off Broadway, he produced “The Immigrant” and “Minor Demons,” and he worked on numerous TV specials, concerts and recordings for artists including Andrews, Dudley Moore and Liza Minnelli.

Adams was active in charities including Show Coalition, Broadway Cares/Equity Fights AIDS and Operation USA.

He is survived by his wife, actress Anne Runolfsson; two daughters; two sons; four sisters; and four brothers.

Donations may be sent to Operation USA, 8320 Melrose Ave., #200, Los Angeles, CA 90069.

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