Mace Alvin Neufeld
July 13, 1928
|Died||January 21, 2022 (aged 93)|
|Education||Stuyvesant High School, Yale University, B.A.|
|Occupation||Film and television producer|
|Children||Bradley David Neufeld|
Glenn Jeremy Neufeld
Nancy Ann Neufeld
|Parent(s)||Margaret Ruth (née Braun)|
Philip M. Neufeld
Mace Alvin Neufeld (July 13, 1928 – January 21, 2022) was an American film and television producer.
Life and career
Neufeld was born July 13, 1928, in New York City, New York, the son of Margaret Ruth (née Braun) and Philip M. Neufeld, a stockbroker. He graduated from Yale University. He married Helen Katz in 1954, and has three children, Bradley, Glenn and Nancy.
In the 1950s, Neufeld became a talent agent and managed Don Knotts, Don Adams, Randy Newman, Neil Diamond, Jim Croce and Jay Ward. Neufeld entered television series production in the late 1970s. His productions of the time included the variety show The Captain and Tennille, which ran from 1976 to 1977 on ABC, The Kids from C.A.P.E.R., which ran from 1976 through 1977 on CBS, and Quark, which ran for one year in 1978 on NBC. He also became a film producer, beginning with The Omen in 1976, along with its sequels. Neufeld next produced the TV-movie Angel on My Shoulder on ABC 1980, as well as the features The Frisco Kid (the first of several film projects with Harrison Ford) in 1979, The Funhouse in 1981, and Transylvania 6-5000 in 1985. Neufeld's small screen work continued, including a 1981 family drama American Dream and the fantasy of The Magic Planet (both on ABC), as well as White Hot: The Mysterious Murder of Thelma Todd on NBC and the adventure of Lightning Force, a syndicated series, from 1991 to 1992.
His production company, with mogul Marvin Davis, was followed by one set up with Robert G. Rehme, which arranged an exclusive production deal with Paramount. Launching their partnership in the early 1990s, the team went on to shepherd Patriot Games and Clear and Present Danger, based on the bestselling books of Tom Clancy. They also produced 1991's Flight of the Intruder. Neufeld had earlier produced Clancy's The Hunt for Red October with Jerry Sherlock. When Rehme exited the partnership to become President of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, Neufeld went on to produce yet another Tom Clancy adaptation starring Ben Affleck, The Sum of All Fears, as well as Bless the Child, Lost in Space and Asylum.
Neufeld was a producer on Sahara, released in 2005, and on Invictus, directed by Clint Eastwood, starring Morgan Freeman and Matt Damon. Neufeld produced Jack Ryan: Shadow Recruit, starring Chris Pine, and Tom Clancy's Jack Ryan, starring John Krasinski, as well as The Equalizer and Equalizer 2, both starring Denzel Washington. Neufeld was given the Lifetime Achievement Award at the 2014 Israel Film Festival.
He was a producer in all films unless otherwise noted.
|1976||The Omen||Executive producer|
|1978||Damien: Omen II||Executive producer|
|1979||The Frisco Kid|
|1981||The Funhouse||Executive producer|
|1987||No Way Out||Executive producer|
|1989||The Punisher||Associate producer|
|1990||The Hunt for Red October|
|1991||Flight of the Intruder|
|1994||Beverly Hills Cop III|
|Clear and Present Danger|
|1998||Blind Faith||Executive producer|
|Lost in Space||Executive producer|
|Black Dog||Executive producer|
|1999||The General's Daughter|
|2000||Bless the Child|
|2002||The Sum of All Fears|
|2003||Gods and Generals||Executive producer|
|2014||Jack Ryan: Shadow Recruit|
|2018||The Equalizer 2|
- As an actor
|2002||The Sum of All Fears||WHCA Dinner Chairman|
|1975||The Owl and the Pussycat||Television film|
|1980||Angel on My Shoulder||Executive producer||Television film|
|1981||East of Eden||Executive producer|
|American Dream||Executive producer|
|1985||A Death in California||Executive producer|
|1991||White Hot: The Mysterious Murder of Thelma Todd||Co-executive producer||Television film|
|Omen IV: The Awakening||Executive producer||Television film|
|1992||Lightning Force||Executive producer|
|1996||Gridlock||Executive producer||Television film|
|Woman Undone||Executive producer||Television film|
|For the Future: The Irvine Fertility Scandal||Executive producer||Television film|
|1998||Escape: Human Cargo||Executive producer||Television film|
|2001||Love and Treason||Executive producer||Television film|
|2018–19||Jack Ryan||Executive producer|
- As writer
|1960–61||Laugh Line||Devised by|
- As an actor
- "Mace Neufeld Biography (1928-)". Filmreference.com. Retrieved 2017-05-03.
- Gaydos, Steven (September 8, 1999). "'General's' rank benefits Neufeld". Daily Variety. p. A11.
- Loomis, Nicky (June 30, 2010). "Mace Neufeld". Los Angeles Times. Retrieved December 14, 2018.
Neufeld is married to designer Helen Katz and has three children.
- "Neufeld, Mace 1928-". Encyclopedia.com. Retrieved December 14, 2018.
- Los Angeles Times: "Comedies, drama, even Mafia supplant conflict at Israel Film Festival" By Susan King October 24, 2014
- Mace Neufeld, producer of ‘The Omen’ and the Jack Ryan spy franchise, dies