PASSINGS: Mark Lacter, Marvin Paige

Mark Lacter, 59, was a longtime Los Angeles business journalist.
(Kevin Roderick)

Mark Lacter

Business journalist contributed to many area publications

Mark Lacter, 59, a longtime Los Angeles business journalist, died at Ronald Reagan UCLA Medical Center after suffering a stroke Wednesday, said his wife, Laura Levine.

Lacter wrote regularly for Los Angeles magazine and the LA Observed website and filed weekly radio commentaries for KPCC-FM (89.3).


He had previously been editor of the Los Angeles Business Journal. Earlier in his career he worked at the Los Angeles Daily News, where he was business editor, business columnist and editorial page editor; at the San Francisco Chronicle; Investor’s Business Daily; the Orange County Register and Forbes magazine.

Born Oct. 28, 1954, in Queens, N.Y., Lacter attended George Washington University, where he hosted a jazz radio program.

He and his wife, a murder mysteries writer, married in 1994.



Marvin Paige, a longtime Hollywood casting director who helped choose the actors and actresses for such films as “Breakfast at Tiffany’s” and “Star Trek: The Motion Picture,” as well as daytime staple “General Hospital,” died Wednesday at Cedars Sinai Medical Center in Los Angeles from injuries suffered in a car accident last month, according to publicist Ed Lozzi. Paige, who maintained a large cache of movie memorabilia that included vintage photos, autographs, costumes and other souvenirs, was 86.

Times staff reports