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Martin Jurow

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Martin Jurow (December 14, 1911 - February 12, 2004) was a Hollywood agent, executive assistant and film producer.[1]

After graduating from the College of William and Mary, he received his law degree from Harvard Law School in 1936 and joined a law firm in New York with show business clients. He moved to the William Morris Agency where he became head of their film department on the East coast.[1]

After leaving William Morris he paired up with another agent, Richard Shepherd to produce films. Their first picture together was The Hanging Tree starring Gary Cooper and Maria Schell which they followed with The Fugitive Kind, an adaptation of Tennessee Williams's Orpheus Descending, starring Marlon Brando and Anna Magnani.[2]

They signed a six picture deal with Paramount Pictures where they made films including an adaptation of Truman Capote's Breakfast at Tiffany's.[2]

After Breakfast at Tiffany's he produced three more films without Shepherd involving Blake Edwards - Soldier in the Rain, The Pink Panther and The Great Race.

He moved to Texas and became Assistant District Attorney in Dallas.[1] He later returned to film and co-produced Terms of Endearment which won the Academy Award for Best Picture.

Jurow wrote his memoirs in 2001.[3]

Connected Family[edit]

Martin Jurow and his wife Erin-Jo Guinn are first cousins, by Erin-Jo, with model-actor Anne Gwynne, and first cousins once removed with Greg Gilford, her son; they were second cousins with actor Chris Pine, Anne Gwynne’s grandson. Martin and Erin-Jo were first cousins once removed with actor Robert Pine and Gwynne Gilford Pine.  

Select Credits[edit]

He was a producer in all films unless otherwise noted.


Year Film Credit Notes
1959 The Hanging Tree
1960 The Fugitive Kind
1961 Love in a Goldfish Bowl
Breakfast at Tiffany's
1963 Soldier in the Rain
The Pink Panther
1965 The Great Race
1974 Don't Open the Door!
1981 The End of August Executive producer
1982 Waltz Across Texas
1983 Terms of Endearment Co-producer
1985 Sylvester
Papa Was a Preacher Final film as a producer


  1. ^ a b c Obituary at The Guardian accessed 26 July 2014
  2. ^ a b "Alumni of William Morris and MCA Shops, Jurow-Shepherd See Properties Magic That Baits Elusive Stars". Variety. February 11, 1959. p. 3. Retrieved July 6, 2019 – via Archive.org.
  3. ^ "Producer recounts a golden age in Hollywood" By Ward Morehouse III, Special to The Christian Science Monitor October 19, 2001 accessed 26 July 2014

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