Sam Adams, a literary agent whose profession started within the postwar years at Warner Bros. and ended with the deal to convey The Handmaid’s Tale to the massive display screen, has died, in line with a number of experiences. He was 94.
Adams’ shopper checklist included Handmaid’s creator Margaret (*94*), the recently-deceased Peter Bogdanovich, Saturday Night Fever director John Badham, TV large Stephen J. Cannell, Oscar-winner Alvin Sargent, Casablanca star Paul Henreid and Nobel laureate Isaac Bashevis Singer.
Adams acquired his begin in Hollywood delivering messages at Warner Bros. whereas he was nonetheless at Beverly Hills High School. At Warners, he met the likes of Humphrey Bogart, Lauren Bacall, Errol Flynn, Bette Davis and Edgar G. Robinson. His stint on the studio was interrupted by 18 months of energetic obligation within the military.
After the struggle he turned to journalism, serving stints on the William Randolph Hearst-owned Los Angeles Examiner, the Armed Forces Radio Services, the Beverly Hills Press and eventually The Hollywood Reporter.
“I wanted to beat the game and figured out to get around the trade contacts,” Adams advised Forward in 2016. “I realized the agencies and law offices were a better source of show business news than the studios.”
He continued, “I got in with the agents, and Sam Jaffe saw I also wrote reviews of theater and opera, that my reviews were more literate than average, and in 1956 Sam offered me a gig as a junior agent at the Jaffe Agency. An agent? Okay, that wasn’t my plan. But Sam represented everybody from Lauren Bacall to Zero Mostel, and he saw a useful place for me at his agency making deals for those writing for TV.”
Adams later labored for Ingo (Otto’s brother) Preminger at PSF, which repped writers, producers and composers.
“Ingo was really my mentor in my life,” he stated.
He went again to Jaffe after Preminger offered the company to General Artists Corp. Sam Jaffe had retired and Phil Gersh now ran the operation, which later modified its title to the Gersh Agency. Not lengthy after, Adams struck out on his personal.
“My firm was originally called Adams & Ray in 1963, but we added Lee Rosenberg in 1964, to become Adams, Ray & Rosenberg,” he stated. “As an agent I negotiated deals involving Klute, Caddyshack, Oklahoma Crude and Saturday Night Fever.”
The company grew to become a part of Triad Artists in 1984, and later was acquired by William Morris.
After his first spouse died in 1975, Adams wed Kathleen McIntosh, a harpsichordist, in 1986.
“A couple of years later we visited New Mexico,” Adams defined, “and impulsively bought a house in Santa Fe. That was it for L.A.”
They moved in 1989. He retired in 1990.
In addition to his spouse Kathleen, Adams is survived by daughters Rachel and Olivia and grandchildren Noah, Henry, Lauren and Owen.