Harry J. Ufland, ‘Last Temptation of Christ’ Producer, Dies at 81

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Harry J. Ufland, agent-turned producer and frequent collaborator of Martin Scorsese, has died. He was 81.

Ufland (above right with Scorsese) died in his Los Angeles home after suffering from brain cancer, his son Tommy told The Hollywood Reporter.

Ufland spent many years in the entertainment industry as an agent with William Morris, where he represented names like Martin Scorsese, Robert De Niro, Ridley Scott, Martin Sheen, Harvey Keitel, Peter Bogdanovich, Catherine Deneuve, Charles Grodin and Jodie Foster.

There, he packaged movies such as “Raging Bull” and “Blade Runner” and produced films including “Crazy/Beautiful,” “One True Thing,” “Night and the City,” “Snow Falling on Cedars” and “The Last Temptation of Christ.” His most recent project was 2013’s “The Big Wedding” starring De Niro, Susan Sarandon and Diane Keaton.

In recent years, Ufland was professor in Chapman University’s Dodge College of Film and Media Arts where among his courses was one called “My 20 Years With Marty.” The course retraced his journey collaborating with director Martin Scorsese on “The Last Temptation of Christ,” “Mean Streets” and “The King of Comedy.”

Ufland is survived by his wife of 33 years and his six children, Tommy, John, Anne, Chris, Jenny and Jossie.

His production company did not immediately respond to TheWrap’s request for comment.

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