Sandy Gallin, Producer and Talent Manager, Dies at 76

Known for shaping the careers of Cher and Barbra Streisand, he also produced “Buffy the Vampire Slayer”

Sandy Gallin — producer of the “Father of the Bride” films, and talent manager to Cher and Barbra Streisand — has died. He was 76.

According to his close friend Bruce Bozzi, who took to Instagram Friday morning to share the news, Gallin passed away Friday after a long battle with multiple myeloma.

Gallin managed the careers of Cher, Streisand, Dolly Parton, Michael Jackson, Neil Diamond, Mariah Carey and Whoopi Goldberg. As a manager, he represented Nicole Kidman, Renee Zellweger, Lily Tomlin, Roseanne, Martin Lawrence, Paul Lynde and Howie Mandell, among others.

He served as executive producer on 1991’s “Father of the Bride” and its sequel, 1992’s “A Stranger Among Us,” 1992’s “Buffy the Vampire Slayer” and 1995’s “Kicking and Screaming.” His TV credits include “Buffy,” “Angel,” “All-American Girl” and “Dolly.”

Gallin also ventured into the home-design business. He sold properties to Marvin Hamlisch, Frank Sinatra and Mark Burnett, while in the past decade the did luxury renovations for Jeffrey Katzenberg, Irving Azoff and Jimmy lovine.

Gallin was born in Brooklyn in 1940 and graduated from Boston University in 1962. He then joined the mailroom of General Artists Corporation and eventually became a senior vice president and board member. After less than a year there, he became a junior agent, where he represented the likes Nelson, Paul Anka, Phyllis Diller, Steve Lawrence & Eydie Gorme, Dr. Joyce Brothers, Laura Nero and Joni Mitchell. He also signed Richard Pryor at the time, and booked The Beatles on the Ed Sullivan Show.

In 1970, he left GAC to partner with his cousin, Raymond Katz, on a personal management company called Katz Gallin, which lasted for 14 years.

In 1985, Gallin launched Sandollar Productions with Parton, that produced the Oscar-winning feature documentary “Common Threads: Stories From the Quilt” (1989) — a film that raised global awareness about AIDS.

In 1998, Gallin created Mirage Entertainment & Sports with Steve Wynn.