‘All the President’s Men’ producer was 93 – The Hollywood Reporter


Walter Coblenz, who received a Best Picture Oscar nomination for All the President’s Men and produced other notable films, including The candidate and The onion field, is dead. He was 93 years old.

Koblenz died March 16 in Los Angeles, his son John announced.

Koblenz also landed an Emmy Award nomination in 1974 for Outstanding Limited Series for NBC Production. The blue knightan adaptation of Joseph Wambaugh’s novel that starred William Holden as veteran Los Angeles cop Bumper Morgan.

Coblenz served as senior vice president of production at TriStar Pictures and Carolco Pictures and oversaw the production of more than 20 major feature films, including Barry Levinson’s. Natural (1984), by Robert Benton Places in the heart (1984), by James Cameron Terminator 2: Judgment Day (1991), Oliver Stone’s The doors (1991) and Martha Coolidge Rambling Pink (1991).

He began his film career as an assistant director and production manager on Michael Ritchie’s downhill runner (1969), with Robert Redford, then collaborated again with Ritchie and Redford on the first film he ever produced, The candidate (1972).

All the President’s Men (1976), directed by Alan J. Pakula and starring Redford and Dustin Hoffman, garnered eight Oscar nominations and won four trophies, but the Best Picture award went to Robert Chartoff and Irwin Winkler for Rocky.

Born August 15, 1928 in Glogau, Germany, Koblenz emigrated to the United States as a child. He graduated from the University of Houston with a degree in broadcasting, then got a job as a cameraman for a Houston television station.

After three years in the US Air Force, he worked as a TV producer in Dayton, Ohio, and Louisville, Kentucky, then moved to Los Angeles, where he was a stage manager for ABC on The Jerry Lewis Show and, from 1965 to 1969, The Hollywood Palace.

Later Koblenz served as unit production manager on the ABC series The FBI and on the Monte Hellman-headed Two-lane asphalt (1971).

In addition to Harold Becker The onion field (1979), Koblenz produced films including The Legend of the Lone Ranger (nineteen eighty one), sister, sister (1987), 18 Again! (1988), The baby (1992), money talks (1997) and His Majesty (2001) and the 1974-75 CBS series Apple-styleCreated by Earl Hamner Jr.

Known as a thoughtful producer and an excellent mentor, Koblenz served for many years on the DGA’s Special Projects Committee, which oversaw educational and cultural programs for members, industry and academia.

“I tried to do everything I did with a certain sense of humor,” he once said. “One of the things I say to people who work as assistants is that I try to treat them reasonably. I say, ‘Do you know why I’m nice to you? Because I want you to be kind to me when I get off.

Coblenz said he “always hired smart people. If they were smarter than me, great. Then I could sit in my chair on set and look around happily, knowing that I hired all the right people and that they took care of all the problems, that’s the mark of a good producer.

Survivors include his sons Martin (and his wife, Eden) and John; his daughter Helen (and her husband, Rick); and grandchildren Evan, Danielle, Jordan and Anthony.

Donations can be made to the American Heart Association.

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