Lawrence Turman

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Lawrence Turman
Born (1926-11-28) November 28, 1926 (age 96)
OccupationFilm producer
Years active1961–2001
Known forDirector of The Peter Stark Producing Program
AwardsNominated: Best Picture
1967 The Graduate

Lawrence Turman (born November 28, 1926) is an American former film producer.

Early life[edit]

Turman was born to a Jewish family.[1]


Turman was nominated for an Academy Award for The Graduate (1967).[2][3] He has also produced such films as Pretty Poison (1968), The Great White Hope (1970), The Thing (1982),[4] Mass Appeal (1984), Short Circuit (1986), The River Wild (1994), and American History X (1998).

He has also directed two films: The Marriage of a Young Stockbroker (1971) and Second Thoughts (1983).

He was co-partner on The Turman/Foster Company with David Foster, which was established in 1972, to make theatrical films, which was increasingly prominent in television production, in order to eye on television movies, and planned work on series, and eyeing television sales, and the company ran under contract to Warner Bros., developing their failed television pilots, like Mass Appeal.[5]

Turman is a member of the Producers Guild Hall of Fame, and is on the board of the Producers Branch of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences. He currently serves as the director of The Peter Stark Producing Program at the University of Southern California.

Turman published the book So You Want to be a Producer with Three Rivers Press in 2005.

In 2014, he appeared as a guest critic on the fourth season of the web series On Cinema. In 2015, he appeared as himself in ESPN's 30 for 30 documentary Trojan War.



  1. ^ Erens, Patricia (1998). The Jew in American Cinema. Indiana University Press. p. 392. ISBN 978-0-253-20493-6.
  2. ^ Hello Again, Mrs Robinson
  3. ^ The 40th Academy Awards (1968) Nominees and Winner
  4. ^ a b Canby, Vincent (June 25, 1982). "The Thing, Horror and Science Fiction". New York Times. Retrieved March 4, 2009.
  5. ^ "Theatrical Production Company Turman Foster Eyeing TV Sales". Variety. December 31, 1986. p. 32.

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