A public memorial for longtime talent agent Michael Hartig will be held on Sun., Nov. 14, from 7:30-9:30 pm at the American Airlines Theatre, 227 West 42nd St.
In a career that spanned over 40 years, Hartig, who died Sept. 7 of heart failure at the age of 68, was the agent to a veritable galaxy of stars, including such actors as Jerry Stiller and Tyne Daly.
According to a biography furnished by the Hartig-Hilepo Agency, which he co-founded with Paul Hilepo in 2002, Hartig entered the business of talent representation in 1958. One of his first accomplishments was to break the grip of the 1950s blacklist by persuading director George Abbott to cast Howard Da Silva in the Tony Award-winning Broadway musical "Fiorello!"
In a written statement accompanying the biography, Hilepo stated that Hartig "had a passion for artists who had a passion for art and he translated that passion into his daily working life."