Jules Victor Levy (February 12, 1923 – May 24, 2003) was the producer of the popular television series The Rifleman, The Detectives, and The Big Valley. Levy worked in film as well.
Jules Levy was the son of Joseph L. Levy, a real estate broker, and Bessie Levy. He was raised in Beverly Hills and joined the Army Air Force to fight in World War II.
Forms Production Company
While serving under Ronald Reagan at Culver City's Hal Roach Studios, Levy met Arthur Gardner and Arnold Laven, and the three men formed a production company, Levy-Gardner-Laven. Serving in various producer capacities from the early '40s to the mid-'70s, Levy was involved with such films as the 1967 Elvis Presley musical Clambake.
Though he produced over 30 films in the course of his career, Levy is best known for his involvement in the hit television programs
The Big Valley,
and The Detectives.
Jules Levy died in his Los Angeles home following an extended illness. He was 80. He is buried in Hillside Memorial Park Cemetery, Los Angeles (Garden of Abraham).
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3. Distinguished Residents of Hillside Memorial Park and Mortuary