Producer Jud Kinberg, Father of Simon Kinberg, Dies at 91

Dave McNary
Variety

Jud Kinberg, father of Simon Kinberg and a producer of “Lust for Life” and “The Collector,” died on Nov. 2 at his home in New York City, according to a rep for his son. He was 91.

Kinberg was a Brooklyn native who attended the University of North Carolina. He served with the U.S Army in World War II and was awarded a Purple Heart and a Silver Star.

Kinberg began working in Hollywood under John Houseman, collaborating with him on films for MGM including “Julius Caesar,” starring Marlon Brando; “Executive Suite,” starring William Holden; “Her Twelve Men,” with Greer Garson and Robert Ryan; Vincente Minnelli’s “The Cobweb,” with Richard Widmark and Lauren Bacall; and “Lust for Life,” starring Kirk Douglas as Vincent Van Gogh.

Kinberg also produced the British psychological thriller “The Collector,” directed by William Wyler, and “The Magus,” starring Michael Caine.

Kinberg also worked for ABC, Embassy, Michael Grade Productions, and Universal as a television executive and received an Emmy nomination for outstanding drama series for producing NBC’s “Quincy M.E.,” starring Jack Klugman. Kinberg wrote and produced the TV movie “To Catch a Killer.”

Kinberg also taught film and television at California State University, Northridge, and the University of Southern California.

His son Simon Kinberg is a producer of the “X-Men” franchise, “Deadpool,” and “The Martian.” Jud Kinberg is also survived by his wife, Monica, sons Steven and Robert and grandsons Toby and Oliver.

(Pictured: 1956 film “Lust for Life.”)

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