September 19, 2019

Talent Agent, Manager Bruce Tufeld Dies, 66

Bruce Tufeld; Photo courtesy of Lynda Dorf

Bruce Justin Tufeld, son of renowned television announcer Richard “Dick” Tufeld and Adrienne Tufeld, passed away Jan. 15 from complications due to liver cancer.  He was 66 years old.

Born July 28, 1952, Tufeld graduated from the Rexford School in Beverly Hills and earned his Bachelor of Science degree in Television, Radio & Film from the Newhouse School of Public Communications at Syracuse University.  He began his career at ICM as an assistant to legendary talent agent Sue Mengers before being promoted to agent in 1978.  He is best known for guiding the early careers of Laura Dern, Ralph Macchio, Rob Lowe, Kelsey Grammer among others.

Segueing to Writers & Artists Agency (1984-89), then The Artists Agency (1989-2009), upon its closing Tufeld became a personal manager and, under the aegis of Tufeld Entertainment Group, worked passionately for a cadre of clients that included Charley Robinson, Jim Beaver, Leslie Easterbrook and William Allen Young.

Active with the Syracuse University Alumni Association, Tufeld was a member of the Television Academy and was a frequent lecturer at film schools and universities nationwide.

He leaves behind his wife of 41 years, Emily Tufeld, his siblings Lynn, Craig and Melissa Tufeld, his children Jason (Lindsay) and Amanda Tufeld, and his newborn granddaughter Penelope Jane Tufeld. A private celebration of his life will be held on March 2.