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Chuck Panama

  • Birthplace: Chicago, Illinois
Date of passing: 
May 13, 2018

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Chuck Panama was an American journalist and publicist.

Panama began his professional career as a correspondent for the Los Angeles bureau of International News Service, before going to work for the public relations department at 20th Century Fox, where he worked with such celebrities as Elvis Presley and Jayne Mansfield. During this time, Panama became a voting member of both the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences and the Television Academy.

Chuck Panama was an American journalist and publicist.

Panama began his professional career as a correspondent for the Los Angeles bureau of International News Service, before going to work for the public relations department at 20th Century Fox, where he worked with such celebrities as Elvis Presley and Jayne Mansfield. During this time, Panama became a voting member of both the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences and the Television Academy.

After 12 years in the motion picture division at Fox, Panama moved to independent public relations, where he worked with stars like Elizabeth Taylor, Henry Fonda and Faye Dunaway. He returned to Fox’s television division in 1976, where he was publicist for L.A. Law, The Simpsons, and the last seven years of M*A*S*H.

Panama retired from Fox in 1991, but continued as personal publicist for actor Fyvush Finkel, who won an Emmy Award for Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Drama Series on Picket Fences.

Panama died May 13, 2018, in Woodland Hills, California. He was 93.



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