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Film Producer Peter McAlevey Passes Away

15 Aug, 2014

Peter McAlevey

Peter Claver McAlevey died Aug. 15, 2014, in Los Angeles following a short battle with liver cancer.  He was 58 years old.

He leaves behind his wife, Melissa Hufjay McAlevey, VP of publicity at Warner Bros. Home Entertainment, and their two 4-year-old daughters, Rowan and Bailey McAlevey, as well as two adult sons, Harry (19) and Sean (22) McAlevey. 

McAlevey’s energy, intelligence, savvy, and creativity were a natural fit with his passion and life’s work — filmmaking.

For most of his career, McAlevey worked as a Hollywood film executive, producer and marketer.  Following his graduation from Columbia University, Peter began his career as a staff writer for Newsweek Magazine's Inside Sports. He contributed to entertainment news, and was soon recruited by Jeffrey Katzenberg to join the then-new regime at Disney.

While at Disney, two-time Academy Award-winner Michael Douglas asked McAlevey to help start Stonebridge, Douglas’s production company at Columbia Pictures. There McAlevey produced multimillion-dollar hits such as Flatliners, Double Impact and Radio Flyer. McAlevey later produced the Toronto Film Festival-winning and semi-autobiographical Hard Promises.

In 2008, McAlevey took the BBC co-production documentary Screamers, debuted it at the Cannes Film Festival and guided it to a win at the American Film Festival.

McAlevey produced his latest film, the horror-thriller Kill Her, Not Me, with his best friend, director George Francisco.

He was also an accomplished writer, gifted painter and an astute executive with an innate sense of what works in the arts. In the 1970s, McAlevey was a young roadie for the New York Dolls, the world’s first glam band, and he toured with the Dolls and the Rolling Stones. 

A consummate intellectual, McAlevey, while a student at Columbia, was twice invited to lecture on James Joyce at Trinity College in Dublin, Ireland. He often marveled that the Dubliners sought him out to tell them about their local hero.

McAlevey was also an athlete, playing basketball long after his friends urged him to quit the game.

His final salutation to friends and family during the last few weeks of life included, “See you on the other side.”

A college education fund has been established for his twin daughters; donations can be sent to: McAlevey Education Fund, P.O. box 4166, West Hills, Calif., 91308-4166

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