May 18, 1931
New York City, New York, United States
June 16, 2018
Director, Producer, Business manager, Personal manager
Cornelia Sharpe, Elizabeth Driscoll
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Successful producer of Hollywood features of the 1970s, 80s, and 90s who has had long collaborations with Al Pacino and Alan Alda. Bregman began his entertainment career as a business and personal manager for many major performers including Barbra Streisand, Alan Alda, Bette Midler, Michael Douglas and Woody Allen. Already a recognized name in the industry, Bregman launched his career as a film producer with Sidney Lumet's "Serpico" (1973) starring Al Pacino. That film's great critical and commercial success was exceeded by his next project, "Dog Day Afternoon" (1975), which also starred Pacino directed by Lumet. Bregman would continue to work with the celebrated actor on Brian De Palma's "Scarface" (1983) and Pacino's 1989 comeback vehicle, "Sea of Love."After the success of "Dog Day Afternoon" Bregman oversaw two political dramas, "The Next Man" (1976) starring Sean Connery and "The Seduction of Joe Tynan" (1979) starring and written by Alan Alda. The latter marked the beginning of a productive if variable creative partnership which yielded "The Four Seasons" (1981), "Sweet Liberty" (1986), "A New Life" (1988) and "Betsy's Wedding" (1990)--all produced by Bregman and written and directed by Alda. Bregman enjoys a reputation for being heavily involved in every aspect of his productions from development through casting, lensing, editing, and marketing. Bregman's productions also include the satirical fantasy "Simon" (1980), the directorial debut of Woody Allen's writing partner Marshall Brickman; the campy serpentine thriller "Venom" (1982) starring Klaus Kinski; and the action flick "Eddie Macon's Run" (1982). More recently he was responsible for "Whispers in the Dark" (1992), a psychodrama starring Annabella Sciorra, "Blue Ice" (HBO, 1992), a made-for-cable spy drama starring Michael Caine and Sean Young that was released theatrically overseas, and "The Real McCoy" (1993), a caper film starring Kim Basinger and Val Kilmer. He reunited with director Brian DePalma and star Al Pacino for "Carlito's Way" (1993), an ambitious gangster film about Puerto Rican organized crime. In 1974, Bregman co-founded the New York Advisory Council for Motion Pictures, Radio and TV of which he is currently chairman. The Council has encouraged film and TV productions to film in New York City.