Martin Starger, Hollywood Producer Behind ‘Nashville’ and ‘Sophie’s Choice,’ Passes Away at 92

Martin Starger, a renowned Hollywood producer known for his work on films such as “Nashville” and “Sophie’s Choice,” passed away at the age of 92 at his home on Friday night. The news was confirmed by his niece, casting director Ilene Starger, who described him as a father figure in her life.

Starger’s impressive career included serving as an executive producer on various projects, including “Movie Movie,” “Autumn Sonata,” “The Muppet Movie,” and “The Last Unicorn.” He also received Tony nominations for his work on Broadway.

In the 1970s, Starger made history as the first president of ABC Entertainment, overseeing the production of hit shows like “Happy Days” and “Marcus Welby, M.D.” His collaboration with Sir Lew Grade and later founding his own production company, Marstar Productions, solidified his reputation as a talented producer.

Born in the Bronx, New York, Starger’s passion for film led him to graduate from City College with a degree in Motion Picture Techniques before serving in the Army’s Signal Corps. After his military service, he worked at the advertising agency BBDO before joining ABC, where he eventually became president.

Martin Starger leaves behind a legacy of groundbreaking entertainment and a lasting impact on the film and television industry.