Woody Allen’s manager and co-producer Charles Joffe has died. He was 78.
Joffe passed away Los Angeles’ Cedars-Sinai Medical Center on Wednesday, following a long illness.
He had helped shape the careers of many high profile comedians including Robin Williams, Billy Crystal and Lenny Bruce, and signed Allen to his New York-based agency when the funnyman was an unknown writer.
With Joffe’s help, Allen negotiated his first movie deal for 1965′s What’s Up Pussycat – writing and starring in the film.
And in 1969 Joffe began to produce Allen’s films, working alongside the Hollywood legend right up until his most recent release – this year’s Vicky Cristina Barcelona starring Penelope Cruz and Scarlett Johansson.
Joffe is survived by his wife, Carol.
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