July 6, 1925|
Brooklyn, New York, U.S.
December 16, 2001 (aged 76)|
Los Angeles, U.S.
|Other names||P. J. Lester|
|Occupation||Film, television and theatre producer|
Lester Persky (July 6, 1925 – December 16, 2001) was an American film, television, and theatre producer.
Early life and career
Born in Brooklyn, New York, Persky attended Brooklyn College before serving in the Merchant Navy during World War II. After the war, he worked at The New York Times and later as a copywriter at an advertising agency. Persky later opened his own successful ad agency.
As a producer, Persky won a Primetime Emmy Award for his work on the miniseries A Woman Named Jackie. Persky also attempted to produce a miniseries based on the life of Howard Hughes with Terry Moore serving as a consultant.
On December 16, 2001, Persky died of complications following heart surgery in Los Angeles.
|1971||Fortune and Men's Eyes||Producer|
|1987||Poor Little Rich Girl: The Barbara Hutton Story||Executive producer|
|1991||A Woman Named Jackie||Executive producer|
|1995||Liz: The Elizabeth Taylor Story||Executive producer|
- Honan, William H. (December 25, 2001). "Lester Persky, 76, Producer Of 'Taxi Driver' and 'Shampoo'". The New York Times. Retrieved November 22, 2009.
- WarholStars entry