David Begelman

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Birth Name: David Begelman
Born: 08/26/1921
Birth Place: Bronx, New York, USA
Death Place: Los Angeles, California, USA
Died: 08/07/1995

In 1973, Begelman assumed the position of president of Columbia Pictures and senior executive VP of the parent company, Columbia Pictures Industries Inc. He persuaded a number of his former clients over to the studio and improved Columbia's fortunes with such hits as "The Way We Were" (1973), "Shampoo" (1975) and "Close Encounters of the Third Kind" (1977). Begelman's downfall began on September 2, 1976 when the studio issued a check to actor Cliff Robertson for $10,000 which the studio head cashed by forging an endorsement. When Robertson received a missive from the IRS demanding taxes on the income, the actor brought in the police and the LA DA's office.

Begelman blamed the snafu on an ... Continue Bio >>

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