Talent agent Robert Lantz, who repped clients including Elizabeth Taylor, Richard Burton and Bette Davis over a six decade career, died Oct. 18 of heart failure in Manhattan. He was 93.
In addition to actors such as Yul Brynner, Montgomery Clift, Myrna Loy and Liv Ullman and director Milos Forman, Lantz repped numerous writers. His scribe clients included James Baldwin, Lillian Hellman and Carson McCullers. He also repped Leonard Bernstein and lyricist Alan Jay Lerner.
Born in Berlin, his father was a screenwriter during the silent movie era. He worked as a story editor for American studios in London, and following World War II, he moved to New York and began representing actors, writers and creative and public figures such as chief justice William H. Rehnquist.
Lantz held to nearly bygone traditions: he didn’t use email or computers, made his deals with handshakes and took 10 percent of his authors’ earnings even as 15 percent became common practice.
He is survived by his wife Sherlee and a son.