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Jim Murray, Agent to Tony Bennett, Phyllis Diller, Liza Minnelli and More, Passes Away at 85

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According to The Hollywood Reporter, Jim Murray, agent to the likes of Tony Bennett, Phyllis Diller, Jerry Lewis and Liza Minnelli, passed away on December 16, 2012. He was 85.

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In the 1970s, Murray ran ICM's offices in Las Vegas and Los Angeles and brought talents such as Paul Anka, Tony Bennett, Jack Benny, George Burns, Natalie Cole, Phyllis Diller, Florence Henderson, Tom Jones, Jerry Lewis, Barry Manilow, Liza Minnelli, Dolly Parton, Shirley MacLaine, Joan Rivers and Paul Williams into the Strip's spotlight.

Murray began work serving as a drummer in the Army Air Corps and The Glenn Miller Band, and started working at MCA in 1943, where he climbed his way to senior vice president and handled mergers with United Talent Management, General Artists Corp., Creative Management Associates and eventually ICM. Murray retired from ICM in 1986.

Pictured: Jim Murray with Paul Williams. Image via THR.

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