Cliff Robertson
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United Artists
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Jack Paar
Ray Stark
(Movies & TV)
Richard Pryor
(Movies & TV)

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David Begelman

Knowledge Identifier: +David_Begelman


David Begelman

Hollywood producer who was involved in a studio embezzlement scandal in the 1970s add

Category: Movies & TV

Born in 1921.

Countries: United States (85%), California (8%), South Carolina (8%)

Education: undef.

Main connections: Columbia Pictures, Cliff Robertson, United Artists

Linked to: MCA Inc., Yale University, Capitol Records, The Wall Street Journal




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David Begelman was born in 1921 add something


He left in 1960 to co-found the talent agency Creative Management Associates with Freddie Fields add something


In addition, a 1963 Cadillac convertible, given to Garland as partial payment for appearances on Jack Paar's television program, was titled to Begelman add something


Cliff Robertson - He learned that the forgery had been carried out by Columbia Pictures head David Begelman, and on reporting it he inadvertently triggered one of the biggest Hollywood scandals of the 1970s


Mel Brooks - In 1972 Brooks met agent David Begelman, who helped him set up a deal with Warner Brothers to hire Brooks (as well as Richard Pryor, Andrew Bergman, Norman Steinberg and Al Uger) as a script doctor for an unproduced script called Tex-X. Eventually Brooks got hired on as director for what would become Blazing Saddles, his third film.


He left CMA in 1973 to take over the floundering Columbia Pictures add something


Ray Stark - In 1977, when actor Cliff Robertson started an investigation which revealed that Columbia President David Begelman had forged checks, Stark told Robertson to not press on


David McClintick broke the story in "The Wall Street Journal" in 1978, later turning it into the best-selling 1982 book "Indecent Exposure" add something


In 1980, Begelman returned to the production world and became CEO and president of MGM, but with the exception of "Poltergeist", he was unable to repeat his success at Columbia add something


Robertson later claimed he had been blacklisted during the 1980s for coming forward about the Begelman affair, and had few roles during this period add something


Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer - The company hit a symbolic low point in 1980 when David Begelman, earlier let go by Columbia following the discovery of his acts of forgery and embezzlement, was installed as MGM's President and CEO. Kerkorian did, however, commit to increased production and an expanded film library when he bought United Artists in 1981


In 1993, a book by Coyne Steven Sanders about the history of Judy Garland's CBS Television series "The Judy Garland Show" devoted a chapter to possible embezzlement of Garland's funds by Begelman add something


In 1995, Begelman was found shot dead in a room at the Los Angeles Century Plaza Hotel at the age of 73 add something

David Begelman died in 1995 add something


In 1995, Begelman was found shot dead in a room at the Los Angeles Century Plaza Hotel on August 7, 1995 at the age of 73 add something