Nat Lefkowitz

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Nat Lefkowitz
DiedSeptember 4, 1983 (age 85)
NationalityUnited States
EducationB.A. City College of New York
J.D. Brooklyn Law School
OccupationTalent agency executive
Known forCo-chairman of the William Morris Agency
Spouse(s)Sally Feigelman

Nat Lefkowitz (1898 – September 4, 1983) was an American talent agency executive who served as co-chairman of the William Morris Agency.


Lefkowitz was born to a Jewish family in Brooklyn.[1] He attended New York City public schools and was a graduate of City College of New York and the Brooklyn Law School.[1] After school, he worked as an accountant and then went to work for the William Morris Agency in 1927 where he held a number of positions including comptroller, treasurer, executive vice president, president, and the chairmanship in 1976.[1] His brother Julius Lefkowitz ran the outside accounting firm that William Morris agency used.[2] In 1980, he was replaced by his protégé Morris Stoller after an acrimonious power struggle at the agency.[3] He was named as chairman emeritus.[3]

Lefkowitz was active in served as the chairman of the Jewish Theatrical Guild, as an executive with the United Jewish Appeal, the Federation of Jewish Philanthropies, the Actors Fund, the Will Rogers Memorial Hospital, the O'Donnell Memorial Research Laboratories and the National Conference of Christians and Jews.[1]

Personal life[edit]

He was married to Sally Feigelman; they had three daughters, Dorothy Lefkowitz Litwin, Rona Lefkowitz Pinkus Forstadt, and Helene Andrea Lefkowitz Nachtigall.[1][4][5][6] He died on September 4, 1983 in Manhattan after complications from heart surgery.[1] Services were held at Riverside Memorial Chapel.[1] His nephew was Ted Ashley, former chairman of the Warner Bros. film studio (1969–1980) and founder of the Ashley-Famous talent agency.[2]


  1. ^ a b c d e f g "Nat Lefkowitz, a former co-chairman of the William Morris Agency, the theatrical talent agency with which he was associated for 56 years, died Sunday in New York University Medical Center, where he had undergone heart surgery. He was 78 years old". The New York Times. September 6, 1983.
  2. ^ a b Fleming, Karl (June 24, 1974). "Who is Ted Ashley? Just the King of Hollywood, Baby". New York Magazine. Retrieved March 20, 2018.
  3. ^ a b "Morris Stoller, 74, William Morris Agency Head, Dies". The Los Angeles Times. March 25, 1986.
  4. ^ "LEFKOWITZ-Sally, 95. On January 19, 2003. Widow of the late Nat Lefkowitz, who was Chairman Emeritus of The William Morris Agency at his death in 1983". The New York Times. January 21, 2003.
  5. ^ "Mrs. Lefkowitz Married to S. L. Pinkus". The New York Times. November 20, 1972. The marriage of Mrs. Rona Carol Lefkowitz to Stephen Leonard Pinkus took place here this afternoon at the bride groom's home. Rabbi Charles Roth performed the ceremony
  6. ^ "Rona Pinkus Marries Joseph Forstadt". The New York Times. January 1, 1989. The marriage of Rona Lefkowitz Pinkus to Joseph Lawrence Forstadt took place last night at the couple's home in New York. Rabbi Gunter Hirschberg officiated