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Agent Victor Jarmel dies at 81

Represented Jackie Gleason, among others

Victor Jarmel, formerly an executive with the General Artist agency (now ICM), died of natural causes April 14 in Pacifica, Calif. He was 86.

At General Artist, Jarmel guided the careers of a number of musical and variety celebrities early in their careers during the 1950s and 1960s. Among those he represented were Paul Anka, Steve Lawrence, Eydie Gorme, Eileen Barton, Sandra Dee, Nancy Sinatra, Bobbie Rydell, Annette Funicello, Jack Jones, Tammy Sands and Jackie Gleason.

When “The Jackie Gleason Show” moved to Miami, Jarmel went along and served as talent coordinator for Gleason for several years.

Following the Gleason series, Jarmel remained in Florida, opening his own entertainment company and serving as talent coordinator for a number of Miami hotels, nightclubs and cafes.

In the early 1970s Jarmel opened his own nightclub, Victor’s, in Miami Beach which he operated successfully for a number of seasons.

“Vic Jarmel helped build the musical variety division of the General Artist Co., helping to establish GAC as an unquestionable leader in the variety field,” said Herman Rush, former president of GAC’s television division, “and he will be long remembered by all who knew him.”

Jarmel is survived by a son, a daughter and four grandchildren.

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