- Harold Hecht
Harold Hecht (
June 1, 1907– May 26, 1985), born in New York City, was an American film producer.
Harold Hecht started his involvement with the New York stage at age 16. He appeared in numerous classical stage productions and later danced with the companies of the
Metropolitan Operaand Martha Graham. Then in the 1930s he became a dance director on film productions.
Harold Hecht is probably best remembered today for his association with the actor
Burt Lancasterwhom he "discovered" on the New York stage and brought to Hollywood, and with whom he formed an independent film production company, breaking from the then-powerful studio system. Their companies were Norma Productions, the Hecht-Lancaster company and, later with the writer-producer James Hill, the Hecht-Hill-Lancaster company.
On his passing (of cancer) at his (
Beverly Hills, California) home in 1985, six (6) days prior to his 78th birthday, he was interred in the Westwood Village Memorial Park Cemeteryin Los Angeles.
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