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Producer on Nixon interviews

November 19, 2009|Times Staff and Wire Reports

Marvin Minoff, 78, a film and TV producer whose credits include the movies "Patch Adams" and "Dominick and Eugene" and David Frost's broadcast interviews with former President Nixon, died Nov. 11 at his Los Angeles home, his family announced. The cause was not disclosed.

Minoff had been married since 1980 to actress Bonnie Franklin; they met that year on the set of the TV movie "Portrait of a Rebel: The Remarkable Mrs. Sanger," which Franklin appeared in and Minoff produced.

A former talent agent, Minoff formed a production company in 1985 with actor Mike Farrell.

Together, they produced the feature films "Dominick and Eugene," a 1988 drama featuring Tom Hulce and Ray Liotta, and "Patch Adams," a 1998 release starring Robin Williams in the title role of a doctor who employs unorthodox methods.

Minoff and Farrell also co-produced TV movies, including "Incident at Dark River," "Silent Motive" and "Sins of the Mind."

Minoff got his start as a producer with Frost's David Paradine Television Inc.

The pair made a splash in 1977 with a syndicated series of interviews that the British talk-show host conducted with Nixon three years after his resignation in the wake of the Watergate scandal.

Born June 26, 1931, in Brooklyn, N.Y., Minoff attended Syracuse University and New York University before serving in the Army, his family said.

He worked for the William Morris Agency and International Famous Artists as an agent before turning to producing.


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