G. Chasin, Talent Agent, Dies at 81
George Chasin, a sometime lawyer who became one of the entertainment industry’s most respected agents, has died after a long fight against Parkinson’s disease.
Chasin, 81, who actively represented clients until about two years ago, died Wednesday at his home in Beverly Hills. Funeral services will be at 1 p.m. Monday at Hollywood Memorial Park.
A graduate of Brooklyn Law School, Chasin was admitted to the New York State Bar in 1928 and moved to Los Angeles three years later, where he was in private practice until joining The Small Co., an entertainment agency, in 1937.
He later moved to MCA Artists Ltd., first as an agent and later as senior vice president in charge of the motion picture, legitimate theater and literary departments. When MCA went out of the talent agency business in the early 1960s, Chasin became a partner in the Chasin-Park-Citron agency.
He was also a past trustee of the American Film Institute. He leaves his wife, Eileen; two sons, Thomas and Robert; a brother, Jake; a sister, Rose Mathias, and three grandchildren.