Mardik Martin, a longtime buddy and collaborator of Martin Scorsese whose writing credit included “Mean Streets,” “New York, New York,” and “Raging Bull,” died Wednesday from undisclosed causes. He was 82.
The Armenian Film Society first introduced the information Wednesday afternoon.
“My friend and colleague Mardik Martin died this morning,” his buddy, former WGA West president Howard A. Rodman, mentioned Wednesday night time. “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.”
Mardik’s consultant didn’t instantly reply to a request for remark from TheWrap.
Born in Iran to an Armenian household and raised in Iraq, Martin immigrated from Iraq to the United States as a younger man. He obtained a grasp’s diploma in 1968 from New York University and subsequently taught on the faculty, throughout which era he befriended Martin Scorsese. The two would work on a number of movie initiatives collectively, co-writing “Mean Streets” in 1973.
Martin co-wrote two different Scorsese-directed movies: 1977’s “New York, New York” (written with Earl Mac Rauch) and 1980’s “Raging Bull” (written with Paul Schrader). He additionally wrote 1977’s “Valentino” with Ken Russell, who additionally directed the movie.
In 2014, Martin co-wrote the screenplay of the German movie “The Cut” in regards to the Armenian Genocide. It was chosen to compete for the Golden Lion on the Venice Film Festival. Martin additionally taught screenwriting at USC, and was remembered for it by his former pupil, screenwriter Larry Karaszewski.
“Mardik was my screenwriting teacher at USC. A great guy. A great writer,” Karaszewski mentioned.
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