Lynn Stalmaster, Legendary Casting Director, Dies at 93

Lynn Stalmaster, the legendary casting director who worked on nearly 200 movies ranging from “West Side Story” to “Harold and Maude” to “Tootsie,” has died.

He was 93.Stalmaster died Friday morning in Los Angeles, Casting Society of America executive Laura Adler confirmed.Stalmaster was a pioneer as an independent casting director who worked on a freelance basis.

He was renowned for his skill in spotting new talent and matching actors to the perfect roles.

He was also a champion for elevating the status of casting directors in the industry.

In 2016, he became the first casting professional to be honored with an Oscar when he received a Governors Award tribute from the Academy of Motion Picture Arts & Sciences.“A pioneer of our craft, Lynn was a trailblazer with over half a century of world-class film and television casting credits.

He was a friend and mentor to many of us,” Casting Society of

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