Hollywood player Bernie Brillstein dies at 77

August 8, 2008 10:22:58 AM PDT
Bernie Brillstein, a veteran Hollywood manager, producer and power broker, has died of heart disease, his production company said Friday. He was 77.

Brillstein died Thursday night at a Los Angeles hospital, Brillstein Entertainment Partners CEO Jon Liebman said in a statement.

As a manager and talent agent, Brillstein helped guide the careers of John Belushi and Jim Henson, and as a producer, he helped bring "Saturday Night Live" and "The Sopranos" to television.

Brillstein founded the influential management and production company Brillstein-Grey Entertainment with partner Brad Grey in 1991.