LOS ANGELES (CBSLA.com) — Marvin Paige, a famed casting director who worked on films ranging from “Breakfast at Tiffany’s” to “Star Trek: The Motion Picture,” as well as the landmark soap opera “General Hospital,” has died.

Paige, who was in his 80s, died Wednesday from injuries suffered in a car crash last month on Laurel Canyon Boulevard.

Ed Lozzi, Paige’s publicist, said the former casting director succumbed to his injuries at Cedars-Sinai.

Paige also did casting work for television series such as “Combat!”, “Planet of the Apes” and “Lassie.” His film credits included the movies “Terminal Island,” “The Man Next Door,” Mae West’s “Sextette” and the Woody Allen flicks “Take the Money and Run” and “Everything You Always Wanted to Know About Sex (But Were Afraid to Ask).”

When he worked on the ABC soap in the mid to late 1980s, he often cast stars like “Lassie’s” June Lockhart and “Topper” star Anne Jeffreys.

According to Lozzi, Paige more recently worked as a “celebrity wrangler,” arranging for celebrity appearances at major awards shows and big events.

“Marvin Paige was the go-to guy for wrangling iconic celebrities to be involved with major events — either the Academy Awards, Oscar parties, Turner Classic Movies with Robert Osborne — it’s who you called,” Lozzi said.

Funeral services were pending.

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