Jerry Weintraub, Producer of ‘The Karate Kid’ and the ‘Ocean’s 11’ Trilogy, Dies at 77
Prolific producer Jerry Weintraub has passed away today at the age of 77, as confirmed by various trades as well as some of his close associates, including director William Friedkin. Weintraub is best known for producing classics such as The Karate Kid and Diner, as well as contemporary favorites like Steven Soderbergh’s Ocean’s 11 trilogy.
TMZ also confirms the report, while no other details regarding Weintraub’s passing have been released at this time.
Weintraub began his career in the ‘70s, producing a Frank Sinatra TV documentary, as well as a John Denver TV music special. The producer made the leap to film with Robert Altman’s Nashville, and made a handful of assorted TV specials before returning to film with George Burns’ 1977 comedy Oh, God! Over the years he continued to produce music docs and specials for John Denver and The Carpenters, among others, and produced classic films like Diner, Cruising and all four Karate Kid movies.
Weintraub also went on to produce the remake of The Karate Kid starring Jaden Smith, as well as all three Ocean’s films and Steven Soderbergh’s Behind the Candelabra for HBO.
More recently, Weintraub is credited as the executive producer on the HBO political comedy series The Brink. He is also listed as a producer on HBO’s highly-anticipated miseries adaptation of Westworld.