Norman Twain, American stage and film producer, Died at 85


Norman Twain was born in 1930, in Atlantic City and died on August 6, 2016.

He was American stage and film producer.

He started his career in theatre, producing and directing over 50 stage productions on and off-Broadway in Los Angeles, Chicago, and London which included: Tennessee Williams’s Garden District, Maxwell Anderson’s The Golden Six, John Osborne’s Epitaph for George Dillion, the Franco Zeffirelli production of The Lady of the Camillias, Jean Anouilh’s Traveller Without Luggage, the musicals Bajour by Walter Marks and Ernest Kinoy, Henry Sweet Henry by Robert Merrill, Lolita, My Love by Alan Jay Lerner and John Barry, The World of Charles Aznavour and Gilbert Becaud on Broadway, as well as John Guare’s Cop-Out, the Tony Richardson-Nicol Williamson production of Hamlet, The Nicol Williamson Late Show, The World of Lenny Bruce, ten separate productions of Vanities by Jack Heifner, Jules Feiffer’s Hold Me!, the Milton Katselas production of David Rabe’s Streamers in Los Angeles and at the Long Beach Theater Festival, the Tony Richardson production of As You Like It, Cyrano starring Stacy Keach and the Gower Champion production of Our Town.

He was the producer of Lean on Me, for which he also created the idea and developed the script.

He played starred Morgan Freeman as Joe Clark, the Principal of Eastside High School in Paterson, New Jersey.

Lean on Me, written by Michael Schiffer, and was directed by John Avildsen and won the NAACP Image Award for Best Feature Film of the year.

Twain created and developed the idea and served as Executive Producer for the HBO film Boycott.

A book by Dr. Stewart Burns and directed by Clark Johnson, with Jeffrey Wright, Carmen Ejogo and Terrence Howard, the film dramatized the 1955 Montgomery, Alabama Bus Boycott and was nominated as Best Television Film of the Year by the American Film Institute.

He also won the NAACP Image Award for Best Television Film of the Year and the Peabody Award.

His latest film, produced with Howard Kaminsky and Frank Pellegrino of Pellekam Productions, is the animated feature, My Dog Tulip, based on the renowned British novel of the same name by J.R. Acklerley.

Norman Twain passed away at 85 years old.