( b. Oct 18, 1929 New York, New York, USA - d. Dec 01, 2010 Los Angeles, California, USA ) Male
Hillard Elkins, known as Hilly, attended Erasmus Hall and Midwood high schools. Elkins was a producer who broke down sexual barriers and created one of the biggest hits in Broadway history when he brought the erotic revue Oh! Calcutta! to the stage.
Mr. Elkins started out in the mailroom at William Morris in New York and quickly rose to become a top agent, heading the company's theatrical division.
After forming his own company, whose clients included Steve McQueen, James Coburn, Robert Culp and Mel Brooks, he set up as a producer and in short order developed a string of notable plays and films, including the musical Golden Boy, the film "Alice's Restaurant" and the Broadway premieres of two plays by Athold Fugard. With Al Goldin, he made his Broadway debut in 1962 with Come On Strong, a Garson Kanin comedy starring Carroll Baker and Van Johnson. More seriously, and to greater acclaim, Mr. Elkins staged the Ibsen plays Hedda Gabler and A Doll's House on Broadway in 1971, both of them showcasing the talents of Claire Bloom, his wife at the time.
His producing projects over the years included the Broadway musical The Rothschilds (1970) and two Athol Fugard plays, Sizwe Banzi Is Dead and The Island, both presented on Broadway in 1974.
Source: The New York Times