Tony Adams (producer)

Tony Adams
Born Anthony Patrick Adams
(1953-02-15)15 February 1953
Derrinturn, Carbury, County Kildare, Ireland
Died 22 October 2005(2005-10-22) (aged 52)
New York, New York, U.S.
Occupation Film and theater producer
Spouse(s) Debrah Farentino (1992-1994; divorced)
Anne Runolfsson (23 February 1997 – 22 October 2005; his death)
Children 4

Anthony Patrick "Tony" Adams (15 February 1953 22 October 2005) was an Irish film and theatrical producer.

He produced numerous films for writer/director Blake Edwards, including six Pink Panther films and 10. He produced Victor/Victoria as a film and a Broadway musical. Off-Broadway, he produced The Immigrant and Minor Demons.

Life and career

Adams was born in Derrinturn, Carbury, County Kildare, one of nine siblings. His father had opened one of the first cinemas in rural Ireland, in Derrinturn, in the 1940s. Tony Adams attended Derrinturn National school before moving at the age of 12 to Dún Laoghaire, County Dublin and attended CBS Eblana. Adams later co-founded and was chief reporter of the school's magazine, ARK.

Adams got his start in film business as director John Boorman's personal assistant on the film Deliverance. The picture's star, Burt Reynolds, heard that Adams wanted to stay in the U.S. and offered him a job on his Florida ranch. Reynolds also facilitated an introduction to Blake Edwards in California, where Adams attended Pepperdine University. Edwards and Adams worked together and remained friends from 1975 until Adams' death.[1]


Adams died at Beth Israel Medical Center in New York City after a stroke at age 52.[2] Thrice-married, he was survived by his four children.



  1. Tony Adams' obituary, Playbill; accessed 30 November 2013.
  2. Archerd, Army (24 October 2005). "Tony Adams profile". Retrieved 20 March 2009.
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