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Harold Gefsky 1917-2008 - Theatrical Agent

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Harold Gefsky 1917-2008 - Theatrical Agent

Posted: 1215091019000
Classification: Obituary
Surnames: Goldstein, Gefsky, Lessick, Bloomberg
Harold L. Gefsky, 90

LOS ANGELES – Services will be at 11:30 a.m. Sunday July 6, 2008 at the Itts Memorial Chapel at El Emeth Granada Avenue Cemetery for Harold L. Gefsky, 90.

He was a veteran theatrical agent, a career achievement award recipient, and one of a vanishing breed of Old Hollywood, who passed June 25, 2008 in Los Angeles after a long illness.

He will be remembered at a memorial gathering in Los Angeles at a date and time to be announced.

Mr. Gefsky was born Sept. 16, 1917 in Youngstown, Ohio a son of David M. and Jenny Goldstein Gefsky.

He was an agent in the entertainment industry. He developed his taste for Hollywood, when as a 16 year old high school student, he packed a lunch and hitchhiked to Los Angeles. After leaving the Army in 1946, he returned to Los Angeles and became an agent for about the next 50 years. During that time he maintained contacts with his friends from Youngstown and Los Angeles.

Mr. Gefsky was a former vice president of the Agency for the Performing Arts where he worked for over 25 years, represented such clients as Dyan Cannon, Linda Evans, Sharon Tate, Veronica Hamel, Troy Donahue, Gary Merill, Simon Oakland, Richard Beymer, Robert Clary and Ed Nelson among others. Prior to his tenure with the Agency for the Performing Arts, Gefsky worked for the Mitch Gertz Agency, as well has having his own theatrical agency. In 1983, Mr. Gefsky was honored by the Association of Talent Agents with his Career Achievement Award.

“Hal Gefsky will be remembered as a great agent and true gentleman,” said A.P.A. President and Chairman Jim Gosnell. “It was an honor to have had the opportunity to work with him, and on behalf of the A.P.A. family, we extend our deepest condolences to his family and friends.”

Hal was a very popular member of the Hollywood community and was asked several years ago to present the first Hoyt Bowers Award given by the Casting Society of America in honor of Mr. Bowers, the former head of casting at both Paramount Pictures and Warner Brothers Studios, and a longtime friend of Mr. Gefsky.

Gefsky was a graduate of The Rayen School and Miami University of Ohio and followed with additional studies at UCLA.

During WWII, he was a major in the U.S. Army and served on General Dwight Eisenhower’s staff in Europe.

Mr. Gefsky served on the board of directors of the Association of Talent Agents, and was a member of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Science, the Television Academy of Arts and Sciences and the Veterans of Foreign Wars.

He is survived by many nieces and nephews including; Eileen (Ben) Gefsky Lessick of Houston, Martin (Toby) Ivan Gefsky of Pittsburgh, Alan (Beverly) Nathan of Hermitage, Pa., Sanford (Kirsten) Nathan of McPherson County, Kan., Joan (Marty) Nathan McGarry of Tucson, Ariz., Jennelle (Mark) Bloomberg Whitcomb of Buffalo, N.Y., Jeffrey (Debby) Bloomberg of Williamsville, N.Y. and David (Debbi) Bloomberg of Lake Worth, Fla.; and several cousins.

Besides his parents, he was preceded in death by a brother, Ralph Gefsky; and sisters, Mildred Nathan and Rita Bloomberg.

In memory of Mr. Gefsky, donations maybe made to the Motion Picture and Television Foundation, P.O. Box 51150, Los Angeles, CA 90051-9706 or visit

Family and friends may call one half hour before the service at the cemetery chapel.

Arrangements by The McCauley Funeral Home “Our 106th year!”

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