Bruce Tufeld, who began his Hollywood career as an assistant under legendary agent Sue Mengers before becoming an agent and later a personal manager, died January 15 from complications due to liver cancer. He was 66.
The son of TV announcer Richard “Dick” Tufeld and Adrienne Tufeld, Bruce Tufeld attended the Rexford School in Beverly Hills and graduated from the Newhouse School of Public Communications at Syracuse. That led to his first job, at ICM, working an an assistant to Mengers during the time she repped the likes of Candice Bergen, Cher, Brian De Palma, Faye Dunaway, Ali MacGraw, Steve McQueen, Burt Reynolds and Barbra Streisand to name a few.
Tufeld was promoted to agent in 1978, and helped guide the early careers of Laura Dern, Ralph Macchio, Rob Lowe and Kelsey Grammer among others. He later worked at Writers & Artists Agency (1984-1989), then the Artists Agency (1989-2009). After that shuttered, he became a personal manager and, under the aegis of Tufeld Entertainment Group, repped clients including Charley Robinson, Jim Beaver, Leslie Easterbrook and William Allen Young.
He was a member of the Television Academy and a frequent lecturer at film schools and universities nationwide, and had been active with the Syracuse alumni association.
Tufeld is survived by his wife of 41 years, Emily Tufeld; siblings Lynn, Craig and Melissa Tufeld; children Jason (Lindsay) and Amanda (David Gerber) Tufeld; and his granddaughter Penelope. In lieu of donations, the family asks “that you love every day and everyone, as he did.”
A private celebration of his life is set for March 2.