NEW YORK (CelebrityAccess Mediawire) — Robert Lantz, agent to “true stars” died in Manhattan of heart failure on Thursday at the age of 93.
His clients ranged from Bette Davis and Elizabeth Taylor to Yul Brynner. He represented people at the top of their game be it photography or writing there were even clients such as Chief Justice William H. Rehnquist.
"I have been very lucky not to represent anyone crazy," he said in a Czech weekly news magazine in 2003. "Crazy artists are very difficult. My feeling is that one of the biggest problems of our time is that there are so many celebrities being made, but there are very few real stars, people who are truly extraordinarily talented. A celebrity is often not a true star."
According to the New York Times Lantz preferred working in his one man office over looking New York's Central Park and had no aspirations to ever live in the world of Hollywood. Many offers from bigger firms and moving to LA for even bigger jobs came but he stayed true to his ideals. He closed his deals with a handshake and never bothered to learn how to use a computer, he enjoyed the face to face.
Robert was born in Berlin and moved to New York in 1948. He tried to retire many times from being an agent but his clients and his passion never let him.– (CelebrityAccess Staff Writers)