Peter Rowley, a longtime talent agent and independent producer, died Jan. 3, his wife and filmmaker Betty Kaplan announced. He was 85 years old.
At ICM, where he worked for 21 years in Los Angeles and London, Rowley played a key role in expanding the company’s global operations, building business directly or through affiliates in China, Latin America, Canada, France, Italy, Germany, Spain and elsewhere. Europe. In his global efforts and outreach, he helped establish new sources of talent and funding for the company. As a talent agent, he represented stars including Richard Dreyfuss, Richard Gere, and Faye Dunaway.
Rawley was internationally known for his innovative financing, packaging and distribution of films. In the 1970s, he was one of the first in the industry to raise money independently from Europe, Southeast Asia and Japan for both major Hollywood and independent companies. Simultaneously, he became independent and began financing and producing films and television with his wife. Among his films is 20th Century Fox’s 1974 film “The Terrorist”, starring Sean Connery. Most recently, Kaplan directed “Simone,” which he created and is based on a book by Puerto Rican author Eduardo Lalo, which is currently being distributed by the Samuel Goldwyn Company.
Rawley and Kaplan have lived in Puerto Rico since 2013 and have produced TV and films through Cine Condado Films, including “Dona Barbara” and “Of Love and Shadows,” distributed by RAI. They recently developed a television series called “Against the Tide” about a Puerto Rican detective and his team in San Juan. Additionally, Rowley was teaching film production at the University of Puerto Rico, creating a scholarship program for young Puerto Rican filmmakers to attend a major film school for a year. He was also on the board of the San Juan Teatro del Opera and was a longtime member of the board of the Ojai Music Festival.
Rawley was born in London and received his undergraduate and postgraduate degrees from Oxford University. After producing theatre, he joined CMA – the predecessor of ICM – in 1966, where he became managing director of the London office and head of European operations. In 1972, Rowley became head of production at MGM Europe. In 1978, he returned to ICM as Executive Vice President and Head of International Operations. He has also served as an advisor to the US Committee of the Moscow International Film Festival and the British Film Office. In 1992, he was honored by King Juan Carlos of Spain and was an Officer of the Civil Order of Merit.
Rowley Kaplan is survived by her children Pascal, Fabien and Rufus and grandchildren Cooper, Tarka, Marilyn, Rowan and Ivo.