Howard Feuer, Casting Director, Dead at 56

Obituaries   Howard Feuer, Casting Director, Dead at 56 Howard Feuer, a Broadway and Hollywood casting director, died Dec. 20 at New Jersey's Hackensack Hospital, the New York Times reported.

Gertrude Feuerstein, Mr. Feuer's mother, told the Times her son died of colon cancer.

From 1971-1986, Howard Feuer was involved in casting nearly 30 Broadway productions. His Broadway casting career began as assistant to producer Jerry Schlossberg on the 1971 revival of Leonard Bernstein's On the Town. Feuer's other casting credits — many with Jeremy Ritzer — included Wild Honey, Me and My Girl, Sweet Charity, Big Deal, Benefactors, The Boys of Winter, Noises Off, Zorba, Monday After the Miracle, I Won't Dance, 42nd Street, Barnum, Break a Leg, Spokesong, The Grand Tour, Wild Honey, A History of the American Film, I Love My Wife, Oh! Calcutta!, Knock Knock, Rockabye Hamlet, Habeas Corpus, Boccaccio, Rodgers & Hart, Mack & Mabel, Scapino, Bad Habits and Voices.

After his many Broadway successes, Mr. Feuer went on to cast dozens of films, including "The Dreamers," "What Women Want," "The Ninth Gate," "Beloved," "The Truman Show," "Stealing Beauty," "To Die For," "The Road to Wellville," "Philadelphia," "Groundhog Day," "Single White Female," "Basic Instinct," "Other People's Money," "The Silence of the Lambs," "Reversal of Fortune," "Miami Blues," "Stella," "Dead Poets Society," "Slaves of New York," "Dangerous Liaisons," "Moonstruck," "Brighton Beach Memoirs," "Places in the Heart," "Arthur," "All That Jazz" and "The Warriors."

In a statement, "Moonstruck" director Norman Jewison said that Feuer's "knowledge of artists working in New York theatre was immense. . . .He knew that casting was everything to a director."

Mr. Feuer is survived by his parents, Monte and Gertrude Feuerstein, and his sister, Donna Epstein.

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