Elliott Kastner

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Elliott Kastner
Born (1930-01-07)January 7, 1930
New York, New York, U.S.
Died June 30, 2010(2010-06-30) (aged 80)
London, England, UK
Cause of death Cancer
Residence United Kingdom
Citizenship United States
Education University of Miami
Columbia University
Occupation Film producer
Years active 1965–2010
Spouse(s) Carolyn Hughes (divorced)
Tessa Kennedy (divorced); 2 children
Children Dillon Kastner
Milica, Mrs Corcoran

Elliott Kastner (January 7, 1930 – June 30, 2010)[1] was an American film producer.

Early life and education[edit]

Kastner was born in New York City. He attended the University of Miami and Columbia University. During the 1950s he was stationed with U.S. Eucom (United States European Command), in Frankfurt, Germany and Paris, France.


He was the second husband of the interior designer Tessa Kennedy, with whom he had two children, a son, Dillon and a daughter, Milica. He was also a stepfather to Kennedy's three sons from a previous marriage: film producer Cassian Elwes, artist Damian Elwes and actor Cary Elwes.


Kastner started his career as a talent agent at the Music Corporation of America (MCA). When that agency was dissolved his first assignment as producer came in 1965, with Bus Riley's Back in Town. He then temporarily switched his base of operations to England where he formed Winkast Film Productions Ltd. with producer Jerry Gershwin based at Pinewood Studios.

Gershwin and Kastner would produce several motion pictures including Harper (1966) from a novel by Ross Macdonald, and three films based on Alistair MacLean novels: Where Eagles Dare (1968),[2] When Eight Bells Toll (1971) and Breakheart Pass (1975). He also partnered up with noted producers Alan Ladd, Jr. and Jay Kanter and together they produced the films Villain (1971), The Nightcomers (1972), Zee and Co. (1972) and Fear Is the Key (1972) also based on an Alistair MacLean novel.[3]

Kastner is also famous for his film adaptations of three Raymond Chandler's novels based on the exploits of one of Chandler's most famous creations, Philip Marlowe: The Long Goodbye (1973), Farewell, My Lovely (1975) and The Big Sleep (1978) the latter two both starring Robert Mitchum as Marlowe.[3]


Elliott Kastner died of cancer on June 30, 2010 in London at the age of 80.[4][5][6]




  1. ^ Dore, Shalini (2010-07-01). "Producer Elliott Kastner dies". variety.com. Retrieved 2010-07-01. 
  2. ^ Unofficial Where Eagle's Dare website, accessed May 5, 2014.
  3. ^ a b Elliott Kastner at the Internet Movie Database
  4. ^ Kastner Obituary; accessed May 5, 2014.
  5. ^ Elliott Kastner obituary, nytimes.com, July 2, 2010; accessed May 5, 2014.
  6. ^ Variety obituary, variety.com; accessed May 5, 2014.

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