Sidney Korshak, a labor lawyer who used his reputation as the Chicago mob’s man in Los Angeles to become one of Hollywood’s most fabled and influential fixers, died on Saturday at his home in Beverly Hills, Calif. He was 88.
Despite repeated federal and state investigations, Korshak was never indicted. The widespread belief that he had in fact committed the very crimes the authorities could never prove made him an indispensable ally of leading Hollywood producers, corporate executives and politicians.
As his longtime friend and admirer, Bob Evans, the former head of Paramount, described it his 1994 book, “The Kid Stays in the Picture,” Korshak could work wonders with a single phone call, especially when labor problems were an issue.