Mardik Martin Dies: ‘Raging Bull’ and ‘Mean Streets’ Screenwriter was 82

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Reprinted from Deadline Hollywood by Bruce Haring on September 11, 2019.

Mardik Martin, a screenwriter who collaborated on such films as Raging Bull and Mean Streets, died Wednesday in Los Angeles. He was 82 and his death was confirmed by former WGA West president Howard Rodman in a tweet. No cause of death was given.

Martin was born in Iran and lived in Iraq, entering the film world by working for a distributor during his teens. He moved to New York to attend New York University as an economics major. But the lure of film proved greater, and his immersion in the film department led to meeting Martin Scorsese. Their friendship led to a life-long collaboration, including work on Scorsese’s feature debut, Who’s That Knocking at My Door?

Rodman’s tweet recalled Martin fondly. “To say that Mardik was one of a kind is a wild understatement. No one—no one—will ever fill those shoes. May he rest in well-earned peace.” …

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