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Before that, he first entered the entertainment industry by selling old movies to TV stations.

He said he welcomed the relative anonymity that came from staying behind the scenes.

“I make the money and I don’t have to take the abuse some of the stars do, opening up their personal life. I can go into a restaurant, sit down and have a nice meal without being harassed.

“Arnold Schwarzenegger can’t do that,” he said.

Beside his artist wife, Gloria, Wolper is survived by three children by a previous marriage and 10 grandchildren. Private services will be held, with a public memorial pending.

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AP Television Writer Frazier Moore contributed to this report.