Mace Neufeld became one of Hollywood’s most prolific producers, but before that, he was a power player in the personal management field of film, music and television in the 1960s.
With an eye for talent, Neufeld produced instant thriller classics, including the 1976 horror film “The Omen,” the comedy western “The Frisco Kid” (1979), starring Harrison Ford and Gene Wilder, and “No Way Out” (1987), the thriller starring Kevin Costner and Gene Hackman.
More recently, he produced Clint Eastwood’s “Invictus” (2009), which starred Morgan Freeman and Matt Damon and was nominated for two Oscars.
Born in 1928 as the son of a stockbroker, Neufeld began his career as an amateur photographer. His photo of a returning World War II veteran, “Sammy’s Home,” won an award from the New York World Telegram-Sun.
Neufeld earned his first job in entertainment at the DuMont television network, and after a few years, he formed an independent television company, personally promoting such comedians as Don Knotts and musician Randy Newman.
His career took many twists and turns, and in the 1970s, Neufeld went from writing musical material for Rosemary Clooney and Sammy Davis Jr. to producing the television shows “Quark” (1978) and “The Kids From C.A.P.E.R.” (1976).
He continued to produce films, and in the early 1990s a pivotal point in Neufeld’s career came as he partnered with producer Robert Rehme and film mogul Marvin Davis to produce three blockbusters, all based on the books of Tom Clancy, including “The Hunt for Red October” (1990), “Patriot Games” (1992) and “Clear and Present Danger” (1994).
In 1993, Neufeld won ShoWest’s award for producer of the year. In 2000, he won the Hollywood Film Festival Award for outstanding achievement in producing.
Neufeld is married to designer Helen Katz and has three children.