Bernard J. "Bernie" Brillstein (April 26, 1931, in New York City, New York – August 7, 2008, in Los Angeles, California) was an American film and television producer and executive producer.
Death of Bernard Brillstein:
On the evening of August 7, 2008, around 9:00pm, Brillstein died of chronic pulmonary heart disease at a Los Angeles hospital. He is survived by his wife Carrie, daughter Leigh and Kate Brillstein, and three sons Michael Brillstein, David and Nick Koskoff.
Bernard Brillstein formed The Brillstein Company in 1969. There, he continued to manage stars and develop television programming. He produced such popular television hits as Hee Haw, The Muppet Show and Saturday Night Live.
Bernard Brillstein later became manager of SNL alums Gilda Radner , John Belushi and Lorne Michaels, as well as Jim Henson (of Muppets fame) and Paul Fusco (voice and operator of ALF). He produced such other television shows as Alf: The Animated Series, and Normal Life.
Bernard Brillstein has been responsible for such successes as The Blues Brothers, Ghostbusters, Dragnet, Ghostbusters II, Happy Gilmore and The Cable Guy.
Bernard Brillstein received the honor as recipient of a star on Hollywood Walk of Fame, on April 18, 2001.
Brillstein Quote. "…you’re no one in this business, unless someone wants you dead."