Martin Starger, Producer of ‘Sophie’s Choice’ and ‘Nashville’, Dies at 92

Martin Starger, the first president of ABC Entertainment who produced films such as Robert Altman’s “Sophie’s Choice” and “Nashville,” has died. He was 92.

Starger died Saturday of natural causes at his home in Los Angeles, his niece, casting director Ilene Starger, announced.

Starger was born on May 8, 1932 in the Bronx, NY. He attended the City College of New York, where he received a degree in film techniques. He was drafted into the United States Army in 1953 and was assigned to the Signal Corps Motion Picture Location. He worked as a film photographer in the US Army film production studio. He was sent to US Army Headquarters in Honolulu, Hawaii, where he worked in all phases of film production. He wrote, directed, photographed and edited documentaries and feature films for television, the Ministry of Defense and newsreels.

After his military service, Starger spent several…