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November 22, 2011

Gilbert Pearlman, Advertising Executive, Writer, Producer

In addition to running his own ad agency, the versatile Pearlman wrote two television movies and produced a feature film.

Gilbert Pearlman, whose career included running an advertising agency with entertainment-industry clients and producing a film, died November 9, 2011, in Beverly Hills. He was 82.

Along with writer Horton Foote, Pearlman was the co-founder of the theater department at the HB (Herbert Berghoff) Acting Studios in New York.

He also worked on marketing campaigns with Walt Disney and personally with Stanley Kubrick for his black comedy classic Dr. Strangelove or: How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Bomb.

Pearlman’s advertising agency, Pearlman and Rowe, worked with clients that included NBC News, WNET New York and the New York Philharmonic.

In addition, he worked in film and television. He was one of the producers of the 1972 film Tomorrow, which starred Robert Duvall. Foote adapted the screenplay from his own play and a story by William Faulkner.

In addition, with his brother in-law, actor Gene Wilder, Pearlman wrote A&E’s 1999 made-for-television movies Murder in a Small Town and The Lady in Question, which starred Wilder.

He is survived by his wife of 60 years and two sons.

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