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Producer Marvin Minoff dies at 78

Worked on Frost-Nixon TV interview specials

Marvin Minoff, a producer who worked with David Frost on the historic Richard Nixon TV interview specials and had a long partnership with Mike Farrell, died Nov. 11. He was 78.

Minoff, who was married to actress Bonnie Franklin for 29 years, died at his home in Los Angeles.

In the 1970s, Minoff served as president of Frost’s Paradine Television banner, where he co-produced the “David Frost Interviews Richard Nixon” syndicated specials as well as interviews with Henry Kissinger and the Shah of Iran. The banner also produced such telepics as “Dynasty,” based on the James Michener tome; “The Ordeal of Patty Hearst” and “Portrait of a Rebel: Margaret Sanger,” which starred Franklin.

In the ’80s Minoff worked as an indie producer before teaming with Farrell in Farrell/Minoff Prods. in 1985. The shingle produced a string of made-fors and the features “Dominick and Eugene,” which earned a Golden Globe nom for star Tom Hulce; and the Robin Williams starrer “Patch Adams.”

Minoff got his start as an agent at William Morris Agency in New York, and he later moved to ICM forerunner International Famous Artists, where he rose to veep of the motion picture department. During his tenpercentery years Minoff repped a range of notables, including Cicely Tyson, Sidney Lumet and Bruce Joel Rubin, and he packaged such blockbusters as “The French Connection.”

A native of Brooklyn, Minoff attended Syracuse U. and NYU before serving in the Army during the Korean war.

In addition to Franklin, Minoff is survived by a daughter, a son, two granddaughters and a brother.

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