Beverly McDermott, American casting director (Cocoon, Scarface, Lenny), died she was 83.
Beverly McDermott, C.S.A. was an American casting director whose career spanned more than forty years died she was 83.. Her 250 film and television credits included Lenny, Cocoon, Scarface, Cocoon: The Return, and Airport 77. Working from South Florida (rather than California), she became one of the state’s highest profile casting directors. McDermott was the first Floridian casting director to join the Casting Society of America.
(December 21, 1926 – January 19, 2012)
In addition to her film credits, McDermott cast for television series which filmed in Florida, including Miami Vice from 1966 to 1970 and The Jackie Gleason Show, which was taped in Miami for five years.
McDermott performed as a champion horse rider, performing alongside some of the best known names of the time, including Arthur Godfrey, Roy Rogers, and Dale Evans.
McDermott also worked in industry organizations and music as well.
She served separately as the Vice President of Women in Motion Pictures
and the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences. McDermott and her husband, Jack McDermott, have been credited with discovering Freddy Cannon, a singer popular during the 1960s whose hits included “Tallahassee Lassie” in 1959. The couple produced the comeback performance of family friend Connie Francis, which was held in 1989 at the Diplomat Hotel in Hollywood, Florida.
She had a close, working relationship with actor Burt Reynolds. She cast for Reynolds’ 1985 film, Stick. McDermott also cast for Reynolds’ short-lived television series, B.L. Stryker, which aired on ABC from 1989 to 1990. The series was filmed in Palm Beach, Florida.
McDermott, a resident of Hollywood, Florida, died at hospice in Hollywood on January 19, 2012, at the age of 83.
She was survived by her husband, Jack McDermott; daughter, Cheryl; son,
Richard; and two siblings, Paul Sayers and Eileen Crowley.
Film casting credits
McDermott cast for more than 250 films, many set or filmed in Florida. Notable films include:
- Tony Rome (1967)
- Lenny (1974)
- Airport ’77 (1977)
- Black Sunday (1977)
- Absence of Malice (1981)
- Scarface (1983)
- Stick (1985)
- Cocoon (1985)
- Cocoon: The Return (1988)
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