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Subject: He was self-described showman who left a legacy that included founding the storied New York folk and comedy club The Bitter End!

It was Bitter End’s famous brick wall, iconic backdrop that's become the standard for comedy clubs!
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Date Posted: Saturday, March 11, 02:44:59am
In reply to: Dead at 88 's message, "Fred Weintraub, Financed "Woodstock", helped discover Bruce Lee" on Tuesday, March 07, 04:09:08pm

Fred Robert Weintraub
(April 27, 1928 – March 5, 2017)

Background ...
Weintraub was the original owner and host of The Bitter End in New York City's Greenwich Village. Weintraub's discovered acts as Peter, Paul and Mary, Lenny Bruce (with whom he was arrested for obscenity), Randy Newman and The Isley Brothers. The club also featured early performances of Neil Diamond, Woody Allen, Frank Zappa and the Mothers of Invention, Ricky Nelson, Nina Simone, Dustin Hoffman, Charles Aznavour, Lily Tomlin, Stevie Wonder, Kris Kristofferson, Joni Mitchell, George Carlin, Bob Dylan, Harry Chapin, Bill Cosby and Phil Ochs. During the early 1960s The Bitter End hosted "Open Mike" Hootenannies every Tuesday night, showcasing young, old, known and unknown folksingers.

Films and television ...
Moving west in the mid 1960s, Weintraub created, wrote, and produced several television shows including Hootenanny and Dukes of Hazzard. Beginning with Rage then Enter the Dragon Weintraub produced dozens of movies, many with a martial arts theme as well as directing a documentary on Bruce Lee, Bruce Lee: The Curse of the Dragon (1993).

In 1970 Weintraub became an Executive Vice President of Warner Bros. One of the first films he oversaw for the studio was Woodstock. In 1972 he became an independent producer, and made a number of adventure films, including Enter the Dragon, starring Bruce Lee.

One of Weintraub's documentary films was It's Showtime (1976) which consisted of film clips profiling various animal actors, such as Rin Tin Tin, Flipper, Trigger, and Asta, with commentary from the actors who worked with them and including footage of James Cagney, Jimmy Durante, Cary Grant, Maureen O'Sullivan, Dick Powell, Ronald Reagan, and Mickey Rooney working with animal stars.

Other work ...
In 2011, Weintraub published his memoir, “Bruce Lee, Woodstock and Me,” along with collaborator David Fields, exploring his trials and tribulations throughout his fifty-year long journey in the entertainment industry.

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