Gary Martin, Longtime Sony Pictures Exec and MPTF Benefactor, Dies at 79

The historic Stage 15 on the lot in Culver City - used for the yellow brick road in 'The Wizard of Oz' - is named after him.

 

November 9, 2023

Gary Martin, the longtime Sony Pictures executive and major supporter of the Motion Picture & Television Fund who has a historic Wizard of Oz soundstage named for him, has died. He was 79.

Martin died Thursday of natural causes at his home in Sherwood Forest, California, a family spokesperson announced.

When he retired as president of studio operations and production at Sony in 2013, the studio renamed its storied Stage 15 - one of the largest in the world - the Gary Martin Stage. Built in 1927, it was used for 1939's The Wizard of Oz - the yellow brick road is under the current stage floor - and more recently for Spider-Man and Men in Black films.

 

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