Lawrence Turman


Producer

About

Also Known As
Larry Turman
Birth Place
Los Angeles, California, USA
Born
November 28, 1926

Biography

After spending time working in the family textile business, Lawrence Turman entered show business as a talent agent in the 1950s. By 1960, he had formed a producing partnership with Stuart Millar that yielded the soapy "The Young Doctors" (1961) and the critically recognized political drama "The Best Man" (1964). Turman had perhaps his crowning achievement early as co-producer of Mike Ni...

Family & Companions

Suzanne Turman
Wife
Divorced; died in 1995.
Laurie Turman
Wife

Biography

After spending time working in the family textile business, Lawrence Turman entered show business as a talent agent in the 1950s. By 1960, he had formed a producing partnership with Stuart Millar that yielded the soapy "The Young Doctors" (1961) and the critically recognized political drama "The Best Man" (1964). Turman had perhaps his crowning achievement early as co-producer of Mike Nichols' seminal "The Graduate" (1967). After scoring with the film version of the Broadway drama "The Great White Hope" (1970), he entered into a prolific collaboration with fellow producer David Foster that resulted in such well regarded Broadway-based films, like "Mass Appeal" (1984) and youth films, like "Short Circuit" (1986) and "Gleaming the Cube" (1989). Joining with Emese Green, the newly formed TFG Films produced the Meryl Streep adventure film "The River Wild" (1991). That same year, Turman accepted the directorship of the Peter Stark Motion Picture Producing Program at USC. More recently, he and John Morrissey created a new producing entity whose first feature was "American History X" (1998), starring Edward Norton and Edward Furlong.

Filmography

 

Director (Feature Film)

Second Thoughts (1983)
Director
The Marriage of a Young Stockbroker (1971)
Director

Producer (Feature Film)

The Bacchae (2002)
Producer
KINGDOM COME (2001)
Executive Producer
What's the Worst That Could Happen? (2001)
Producer
Miracle on the Mountain: The Kincaid Family Story (2000)
Executive Producer
The Long Way Home (1998)
Executive Producer
American History X (1998)
Executive Producer
Pretty Poison (1996)
Executive Producer
The Getaway (1994)
Producer
The River Wild (1994)
Producer
Gleaming The Cube (1989)
Producer
Full Moon in Blue Water (1988)
Producer
Jesse (1988)
Executive Producer
Short Circuit 2 (1988)
Producer
Running Scared (1986)
Producer
Short Circuit (1986)
Producer
News at Eleven (1986)
Executive Producer
The Mean Season (1985)
Producer
Mass Appeal (1984)
Producer
Second Thoughts (1983)
Producer
Between Two Brothers (1982)
Executive Producer
The Thing (1982)
Producer
The Gift of Life (1982)
Executive Producer
Caveman (1981)
Producer
Walk Proud (1979)
Producer
Heroes (1977)
Producer
First Love (1977)
Producer
The Drowning Pool (1975)
Producer
The Nickel Ride (1975)
Executive Producer
Get Christie Love! (1974)
Executive Producer
Unwed Father (1974)
Executive Producer
The Morning After (1974)
Executive Producer
She Lives (1973)
Executive Producer
The Marriage of a Young Stockbroker (1971)
Producer
The Great White Hope (1970)
Producer
Pretty Poison (1968)
Executive Producer
The Graduate (1967)
Producer
The Flim-Flam Man (1967)
Producer
The Best Man (1964)
Producer
Stolen Hours (1963)
Executive Producer
I Could Go On Singing (1963)
Producer
I Could Go On Singing (1963)
Presented By
The Young Doctors (1961)
Producer

Production Companies (Feature Film)

The Great White Hope (1970)
Company
Pretty Poison (1968)
Company
The Graduate (1967)
Company

Producer (TV Mini-Series)

The Badge (2002)
Executive Producer

Life Events

1960

With Stuart Millar, formed Millar-Turman Productions

1961

Produced first film, "The Young Doctors"

1964

Last film with Stuart Millar, "The Best Man"

1967

Formed own production company, Lawrence Turman, Inc.; first feature "The Flim-Flam Man"

1967

Was co-producer of "The Graduate"; earned Best Picture Oscar nomination

1971

Film directing debut, "The Marriage of a Young Stockbroker"; also produced

1973

Executive produced first TV-movie, "She Lives" (ABC)

1975

With David Foster, formed Turman-Foster Company (date approximate)

1983

Directed second feature "Second Thoughts"; also scripted

1986

Produced comedy hit, "Short Circuit"

1991

Founded TFG film and TV production company with David Foster and independent producer Emese Green

1991

Named director of the Peter Stark Motion Picture Producing Program at USC

1994

Produced Meryl Streep action film, "The River Wild"

1996

With John Morrissey, formed Turman/Morrissey Company; briefly took over Rastar Productions

1996

Returned to TV-movies with small screen remake of "Pretty Poison" (Fox)

Videos

Movie Clip

Pretty Poison (1968) - No Place At All For Fantasies Anthony Perkins as Dennis seems a lot like Norman Bates, as he's lectured and released by counselor Azenauer (John Randolph), then goes on to observe co-star Tuesday Weld, as drill-teamer Sue-Anne, opening director Noel Black's Pretty Poison, 1968.
Pretty Poison (1968) - Lascivious Carriage Mischievous parolee Dennis (Anthony Perkins) is talking crime with short-order cook Pete (Joseph Bova) when Sue Ann (Tuesday Weld), whom he's been kind of stalking, initiates their fateful first meeting, in director Noel Black's Pretty Poison, 1968.
Pretty Poison - Credits, Sue Ann Tuesday Weld (as drill-teamer Sue Ann) in her memorable first appearance, Dennis (Anthony Perkins) observing, as the credits roll in the second scene from director Noel Black's Pretty Poison, 1968.
Great White Hope, The (1970) - When They Start Hating You More Than That First scene for James Earl Jones as boxer Jack Jefferson, modeled on the real Jack Johnson, and Jane Alexander, in her first movie, as his girlfriend Eleanor, reprising their stage roles, Lou Gilbert as manager Goldie, Joel Fluellen trainer Tick, with crude language, in The Great White Hope, 1970.
Great White Hope, The (1970) - How White You Wanna Be? Celebrating in Chicago after winning the heavyweight championship, Jack Jefferson (James Earl Jones) unconcerned with racial tensions, with his now-fianceè Eleanor (Jane Alexander), confronted by Scipio (Moses Gunn), with more foul language, in director Martin Ritt’s The Great White Hope 1970.
Drowning Pool, The (1975) - Your Wife's Amorous Activities L-A P-I Harper (Paul Newman) visiting his client and one-time lover Iris (Joanne Woodward, of course Mrs. Newman) who summoned him to her Louisiana manor home, where she explains her problem, early in The Drowning Pool, 1975, from the Ross MacDonald novel.
Drowning Pool, The (1975) - Are You Slant Drilling Me? Out-of-town detective Harper (Paul Newman) has been invited at gunpoint to meet Louisiana oil-man J-Hugh Kilbourne (Murray Hamilton), who seems to know all about the case at hand, in The Drowning Pool, 1975, Stuart Rosenberg directing from the Ross MacDonald novel.
Drowning Pool, The (1975) - The Door Was Unlocked Paul Newman as the title character, an L-A detective based on Ross MacDonald's Lew Archer, having learned that the client who flew him to New Orleans was an ex-lover, heads for his motel across Lake Ponchartrain, meeting teenage Schuyler (Melanie Griffith), and cop Richard Jaeckel, early in The Drowning Pool, 1975.
Flim-Flam Man, The (1967) - Who You Runnin' From? In the opening Michael Sarazin rescued George C. Scott, who was thrown from a freight train onto which he’d just hopped, and they formalize their acquaintance in an empty boxcar, in The Flim-Flam Man, 1967, from the polymath director Irvin Kershner, later known for The Empire Strikes Back, 1980.
Flim-Flam Man, The (1967) - I Am Forgetting My Calling Working their second scam, con-man Mordecai (George C. Scott) poses as a minister and his hesitant protegè Curley (Michael Sarazin) as an accident victim, seeking transport, Alice Ghostley and Sue Lyon introduced as their rural mother and daughter marks, in The Flim-Flam Man, 1967.
Graduate, The (1967) - Open, Sounds Of Silence Director Mike Nichols’ unorthodox opening, introducing Paul Simon’s landmark song, performed with Art Garfunkel, as Ben (Dustin Hoffman, title character, in his first lead role, sharing top billing with Anne Bancroft and Katharine Ross) arrives at LAX, in The Graduate, 1967..
Graduate, The (1967) - Plastics Moments after the opening, Ben (title character, Dustin Hoffman) conveyed by his parents (William Daniels, Elizabeth Wilson) to their welcome-home party, Walter Brooke (as McGuire) with a famous line, and director Mike Nichols introduces Mrs. Robinson (Anne Bancroft), in The Graduate, 1967.

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Family

Jack Turman
Father
In textile business.
John D Turman
Son
Producer. Born in August 1959.
Andrew P Turman
Son
Director of photography. Born in September 1963.
Peter J Turman
Son
Director. Born in October 1965.

Companions

Suzanne Turman
Wife
Divorced; died in 1995.
Laurie Turman
Wife

Bibliography