Ira S. Epstein passed away on April 21 at age 85. Services were held on April 24 at Mt. Sinai Cemetery in Simi Valley, CA.
He is survived by his wife of 62 years, Noddy Schein Epstein, three sons, Mark, Bob, and James, their spouses; six grandchildren, one great-grandchild; two brothers, Arnold (Tuffy) Epstein of Omaha and Allen Epstein of Overland Park KS; and sister, Gloria Epstein Hyman.
Ira S. Epstein was born April 23, 1932, to the late Harry and Jennie Epstein of Omaha. He graduated from Central High School and attended the University of Nebraska at Lincoln on a gymnastic scholarship. While at UNL, he was president of SAM fraternity, head cheerleader, editor of the law review, and an Innocent. He was one of the founding partners and managing partner of entertainment law firm, Cooper, Epstein & Hurewitz, in Beverly Hills, CA. Early in his career he represented Larry Harmon (Bozo the Clown) and nearly all of the acts who recorded under the Motown label. Later his clients included Carroll O’Connor, Marlon Brando, Barbra Streisand, Mary Tyler Moore, Ted Knight, Lou Scheimer and Filmation Studios, and many others. He was an inspiration to all who knew him.