Jerry Weintraub (born September 26, 1937) is an American film producer and former chairman and CEO of United Artists. He now lives in Palm Springs, California.
Weintraub was born in The Bronx, New York, the son of Rose Weintraub and a gem salesman father. After several years at MCA, he left and formed his own personal management company. In the 1960's, he also co-founded the vocal group The Doodletown Pipers. Among the acts that Weintraub managed at this time were Joey Bishop, The Four Seasons, and singer Jane Morgan. His relationship with Morgan went from professional to personal and the two were married in 1965.
Before turning to films, Weintraub's largest entertainment success was as the personal manager of singer and actor John Denver whom he signed in 1970. By 1975, Denver was the highest-selling male artist in the world. When John Denver ended his business relationship due to Weintraub's focus on other projects, Weintraub threw John out of his office and called John Denver a Nazi. John Denver would later write in his autobiography ".. I'd bend my principles to support something he wanted of me. And of course every time you bend your principles - whether because you don't want to worry about it, or because you're afraid to stand up for fear of what you might lose - you sell your soul to the devil".