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Geno Havens

Date of passing: 
April 29, 2016

Obituary

Geno Havens was a casting director best known for his work on Carl Reiner’s The Jerk, starring Steve Martin. He also contributed to films for George Lucas, Brian De Palma and Terrence Malick, and helped launch the career of Dennis Quaid.

Additionally, Havens worked on the films Phantom of the Paradise, More American Graffiti, Alligator, Days of Heaven, Hardbodies, Girls Just Want to Have Fun, Maniac Cop, Children of the Corn II: The Final Sacrifice and The Last Days of Frankie the Fly.

Havens also worked on some television, including the Robert Blake 1970s ABC drama Baretta and the TV movie American Cop, about a Los Angeles officer who goes on vacation in Russia and is mistaken for a US federal agent. He also worked on the telefilm Amateur Night at the Dixie Bar and Grill and the miniseries Centennial, starring Raymond Burr and Richard Chamberlain. Additionally, in 1975, he appeared in one episode of The Blue Knight, which starred George Kennedy as an L.A. beat cop.

Geno Havens was a casting director best known for his work on Carl Reiner’s The Jerk, starring Steve Martin. He also contributed to films for George Lucas, Brian De Palma and Terrence Malick, and helped launch the career of Dennis Quaid.

Additionally, Havens worked on the films Phantom of the Paradise, More American Graffiti, Alligator, Days of Heaven, Hardbodies, Girls Just Want to Have Fun, Maniac Cop, Children of the Corn II: The Final Sacrifice and The Last Days of Frankie the Fly.

Havens also worked on some television, including the Robert Blake 1970s ABC drama Baretta and the TV movie American Cop, about a Los Angeles officer who goes on vacation in Russia and is mistaken for a US federal agent. He also worked on the telefilm Amateur Night at the Dixie Bar and Grill and the miniseries Centennial, starring Raymond Burr and Richard Chamberlain. Additionally, in 1975, he appeared in one episode of The Blue Knight, which starred George Kennedy as an L.A. beat cop.

Havens got his start as a performer, studying acting at the University of Utah and later landing a job with a casting company led by Fred Roos and Mike Fenton. He later transitioned into casting, beginning with Blaxploitation films in the early 1970s.

Havens died April 29, 2016, in Los Angeles.

 

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