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Jeff Wald


Jeff Wald is a late American manager, producer, and boxing promoter. Jeff Wald has directed and produced a number of films and TV shows including “The Contender,” “Switched at Birth,” and “The Roseanne Show, Pensacola: Golden Wings.”

Early Life

Jeff Wald was born on the 27th of January 1944, in New York City, New York, the United States. His birth name is Jeffrey Brian Sommers. At 77 years old, he passed away and he held American nationality. He had his belief in Christian religion and he had a zodiac sign of Aquarius.

Till the time of his death, he never mentioned his early childhood, his parents’ and siblings’ names, and their professions. Likewise, there is no information available related to his academic qualifications. He might have enrolled at a reputed university from where he might have earned a degree.

Jeff Wald – Death

On the 12th of November 2021, he passed away in Los Angeles, California, at the age of 77 years old. However, the reason behind his death is still unknown.

Professional Career

Jeff Wald is a product of the famed William Morris Agency mailroom, which produced such Hollywood luminaries as David Geffen, Barry Diller, Jerry Weintraub, Ron Meyer, Bernie Brillstein, and others. Wald relocated to Chicago in 1967 and worked as a talent buyer for Mister Kelly’s, The London House, and The Happy Medium.

The next year, he relocated to Los Angeles. Wald and Ron De Blasio launched their own firm in late 1969 and added George Carlin to their roster. Two years later, he signed a record deal with Capitol Records for his then-wife, actress and singer Helen Reddy.

He founded his management firm in 1975, and among his clients have been Miles Davis, Marvin Gaye, Sylvester Stallone, James Brolin, Paul Rodriguez, Elliott Gould, Donna Summer, Flip Wilson, Clint Black, Gary Morris, Roseanne Barr, and Mike Tyson. Wald was named President of Barris Industries in 1986, which later became Guber Peters. He remained with the firm after Sony purchased it in 1991.

Other Works

Wald has produced award-winning movies of the week, miniseries, game shows, variety specials, scripted one-hour dramas, and talk shows, including Paul Rodriguez’s “Latin Nights” (1995), “James Brolin’s Pensacola: Wings of Gold” (1997), and “Reddy and Donna Summer specials.”

“The Contender” (2005), which aired for four years, was executive produced by Wald, Mark Burnett, Jeffrey Katzenberg, and Sylvester Stallone. Wald produced the feature films “Orion” (Opposing Force, 1986) and “Rhysher/MGM Entertainment” (2 Days in the Valley, 1996).

Jeff Wald

Caption: Jeff Wald talking in the meeting (Source: Variety)

He later produced “Casablanca The Dance,” a musical adaptation of the legendary film “Casablanca,” which premiered in Beijing in front of the President of China and the majority of the Chinese government.

Wald is the current CEO of Aria Multimedia Entertainment and Creston Enterprises, which has produced and published two coffee table books, the “Official Michael Jackson Book” and “Hip Hop: A Cultural Odyssey,” both edited and created by Wald’s son, Jordan Sommers, and photo-edited by Wald’s wife, Deborah.

Net Worth 2023

Jeff Wald’s actual net worth was around $3 million US dollars till his death in 2021. He was the most successful producer, earning thousands of dollars during his career. He ran a side company to add to his income.

Relationship Status

Jeff Wald married thrice times in his life. Firstly, he married Helen Reddy on the 25th of May 1968 and later, divorced on the 3rd of January 1983. The couple has two children whose names are Traci Donat and Jordan Sommer.

Later, he married Candy Clark on the 1st of January 1987 and divorced in 1988. Moreover, he married Deborah Benson Wald in 1990. His wife is a photographer and photo editor. The couple were married until the time of Wald’s death. With the marriage, the couple has a daughter named Sarah. In 2016, he was inducted into

Body Measurements

Jeff Wald

Caption: Jeff Wald with his ex-wife, Helen Reddy (Source: Daily Mail)

This American producer stands 5 feet 8 inches tall and weighs around 70 kg. Moreover, he had a bald head with a green pair of eyes colour while his other body measurements are unknown.

Jeff Wald – Social Media

Meanwhile, this American producer is not more alive and he is not present on any kinds of social media platforms such as Instagram, Twitter, and Facebook.