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Also Known As: Bernard J Brillstein Died: August 7, 2008
Born: April 26, 1931 Cause of Death: heart disease
Birth Place: New York City, New York, USA Profession: manager, agent, producer

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At once a consummate, hard-living dealmaker and a well-loved Hollywood personality, Bernie Brillstein was a truly old-school talent manager and producer with a heart as great as his ambition. In his heyday, Brillstein had a myriad of clients that ranged from soft-spoken muppeteer Jim Henson to hedonistic John Belushi. Despite being from opposite ends of the spectrum, both fit his personality perfectly, which was warm and genial as well as passionate and outspoken. Prior to being a top manager, Brillstein worked his way up the chain of command at the William Morris Agency, starting in the mailroom and quickly advancing to become a talent agent. Once he left, Brillstein formed his own management company, allowing him to serve as a producer on numerous film and television projects, including "The Blues Brothers" (1980), "Ghostbusters" (1984), "The Larry Sanders Show" (HBO, 1992-98) and "Just Shoot Me" (NBC, 1996-2003). Despite working in a business deemed superficial by the outside world, Brillstein had a reputation of caring deeply for his clients and left behind a legacy of being a giant in the business.

At once a consummate, hard-living dealmaker and a well-loved Hollywood personality, Bernie Brillstein was a truly old-school talent manager and producer with a heart as great as his ambition. In his heyday, Brillstein had a myriad of clients that ranged from soft-spoken muppeteer Jim Henson to hedonistic John Belushi. Despite being from opposite ends of the spectrum, both fit his personality perfectly, which was warm and genial as well as passionate and outspoken. Prior to being a top manager, Brillstein worked his way up the chain of command at the William Morris Agency, starting in the mailroom and quickly advancing to become a talent agent. Once he left, Brillstein formed his own management company, allowing him to serve as a producer on numerous film and television projects, including "The Blues Brothers" (1980), "Ghostbusters" (1984), "The Larry Sanders Show" (HBO, 1992-98) and "Just Shoot Me" (NBC, 1996-2003). Despite working in a business deemed superficial by the outside world, Brillstein had a reputation of caring deeply for his clients and left behind a legacy of being a giant in the business.

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 Brilliant But Cancelled (2002) Interviewee
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Served in the military after college
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Worked in the mailroom at the William Morris Agency (WMA) in New York
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Became a talent agent at William Morris Agency (WMA) in New York
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Promoted to manager/producer of television programming for William Morris Agency (WMA) in New York
1964:
Joined Management III while still working for William Morris Agency (WMA) in New York
1969:
Formed The Brillstein Company in Los Angeles; continued to manage talent and develop television programming
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Produced "Saturday Night Live" (NBC); also managed SNL alums Gilda Radner , John Belushi and Lorne Michaels
1986:
Executive produced the Showtime series "It's Garry Shandling's Show"
1991:
Formed the production company, Brillstein-Grey Entertainment, with Brad Grey
1995:
Executive produced the NBC sitcom "NewsRadio"
1996:
Sold his shares in Brillstein-Grey Entertainment to Brad Grey
1999:
Co-wrote with David Rensin, his memoir, <i>Where Did I Go Right?: You┬┐re No One in Hollywood Unless Someone Wants You Dead</i>
2001:
Received a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame (April)
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Education

Stuyvesant High School: New York , New York -
New York University: New York , New York -

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wife:
Carrie Winston. Public relations executive. Married on December 20, 1998.

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daughter:
Leigh Brillstein. Agent. Worked at CAA under Michael Ovitz.

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"Where Did I Go Right?: You're No One in Hollywood Unless Someone Wants You Dead" Little, Brown

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