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Mort Viner, 72; Agent for Major Hollywood Stars

June 25, 2003|From a Times Staff Writer

Mort Viner, a prominent agent in Hollywood for more than five decades, has died, publicist Warren Cowan said Tuesday. Viner was 72.

Viner, whose list of clients included such top Hollywood names as Shirley MacLaine, Michael Crawford, Dean Martin, Gene Kelly and Jimmy Stewart, died Sunday in Beverly Hills of a heart attack while playing tennis.

Raised in New York City, Viner began his career with MCA, working first in New York and then transferring to the firm's Beverly Hills headquarters in the 1960s. When MCA was dissolved, Viner became a senior executive with Chasin, Park Citron.

He then joined ICM, where he remained for more than 30 years.

Viner left no survivors, Cowan said. Services are private.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in his name to the Motion Picture and Television Fund.

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