Jerry Sherlock (August 18, 1933-November 5, 2015) was an American film and theater producer and educator known for such films as The Hunt for Red October. He was also the founder of the New York Film Academy School of Film and Acting. He resided in New York City and was the President of the New York Film Academy.
Early life and background
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Sherlock dropped out of school at the age of fourteen to join the carnival. From then on he was self-educated—he immersed himself in books published by the Modern Library, newspapers and magazines. After his time working with the circus he joined the United States Air Force where he received an honorable discharge. Upon discharge, he started his career as a buyer for S. Klein, On The Square (he would return to Union Square years later to house the New York Film Academy in the Tammany Hall building), before eventually leaving to establish his own export business in Tokyo and Hong Kong.
He returned to New York to join Amtec, a surplus textiles firm, where he became a partner, until the time he opted to change his career path and enter the world of film.
He left textiles to establish his own film production company. Within six months of establishing his company he had produced his first film, Charlie Chan and the Curse of the Dragon Queen (1981), starring Michelle Pfeiffer (in one of her first major roles), Peter Ustinov and Angie Dickinson. Later in 1981, he would produce an Edward Albee adaptation of Vladimir Nabokov's novel Lolita on Broadway at the Brooks Atkinson Theatre. The play starred Donald Sutherland as Humbert Humbert.
As an independent producer for film, stage, and television, he developed projects for Disney, Warner Brothers, United Artists, Paramount, EMI and others. His credits include executive producer of the movie, The Hunt for Red October, for Paramount Pictures; producer of Lolita, a Broadway production; and executive producer of the television production, Amal and the Night Visitors, for CBS.
New York Film Academy
Founded in 1992 by Sherlock, the New York Film Academy originally established itself at the Tribeca Film Center as a film school where students could "learn by doing." The school occupied the Tammany Hall building in Union square for 23 years. It now has established campuses in Battery Park, Los Angeles, South Beach, and Sydney and Gold Coast Australia. NYFA also conducts workshops at Harvard University, Disney Studios Florida, Paris, Florence, China, Japan, Qatar, India, Indonesia, Japan, Russia, Korea, and more.
In addition to the international expansion, the school expanded in terms of its programs and curriculum. NYFA programs now include filmmaking, cinematography, acting, photography, producing, game design, graphic design, screenwriting, musical theatre, virtual reality, ESL, broadcast journalism, digital editing, music video, documentary filmmaking, and more.
Sherlock died on November 16, 2015.
- Amal and the Night Visitors (1978)
- Lolita (1981, Broadway) - written by Edward Albee, novel by Vladimir Nabokov, starring Donald Sutherland, 12 performances.
- Kalem, T.E.; Peter Ainslie (1981-03-30). "Lo and Hum as Ho and Hum". Time. Retrieved 2008-03-27.
...first-time Producer Jerry Sherlock, an ex-fabric broker from Seventh Avenue
- Smith, Jack (2005-02-22). "Once for the Money, and Once for the Fun". The New York Times. Retrieved 2008-03-27.
From Rags to Action!
- "Yahoo! Movies Producer Credits". Yahoo!. Retrieved 2008-03-24.
- Lolita at the Internet Broadway Database