Alumni: 1940s

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Martin Bregman, ’46, the Hollywood producer behind Scarface and Serpico, died Saturday, June 16. He was 92.

Bregman attended Indiana University and New York University. He went on to produce some of Hollywood’s most iconic and influential films, building lasting and fruitful relationships with legends of the silver screen, including Al Pacino, Brian De Palma and Sidney Lumet.

The first such pairing was with eventual The Godfather star Al Pacino, whom he discovered as a stage actor in an off-Broadway play. Bregman landed Pacino his first role in 1971 with the romantic drama The Panic in Needle Park and eventually his star-making turn in 1973’s Serpico.

The Oscar-nominated crime flick was Bregman’s first gig as a producer, and the first of his collaborations with influential 12 Angry Men auteur Sidney Lumet. The two later spawned the classic crime caper Dog Day Afternoon, which starred Pacino as a misfortunate criminal at the center of a disastrous bank heist. The film snagged a screenwriting Oscar at the 1976 Academy Awards.

Bregman continued to produce Pacino-led films throughout much of the ’80s, including hits like Scarface, which marked his first collaboration with Mission: Impossible and Carrie director Brian De Palma, and the Golden Globe-nominated Sea of Love.

De Palma once again found his way into the prolific producer’s oeuvre in 1993 with his film Carlito’s Way.

On the directorial side of Hollywood, Bregman also had a nearly two decade-long stint of occasional collaboration with filmmaker Alan Alda. The pair’s works together yielded another throughline to Bregman’s production career, producing five films flirting with romantic themes rather than the crime genre works that defined his collaborations with Pacino, De Palma and Lumet.

On the acting side, Bregman worked with such talents as Michael Caine, in Sweet Liberty, and others for whom he became a manager, including Barbra Streisand, Woody Allen, Faye Dunaway and Bette Midler.

Bregman produced his first film at the age of 47, in the midst of his professional career, and his last, a follow-up to Carlito’s Way in 2003, some 30 years later. (June 2018)

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