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Robert L. Fenton

Robert L. Fenton, 90, of West Bloomfield, Michigan, died on 16 March 2020.

The Funeral was Private Family Graveside Service on Wednesday, 18 March 2020 at 11:00 AM .

Rabbi Mark Miller officiated. Family members include:
The most important significant other of Dr. Karen Patricia Roth. Cherished father of Cynthia Rose (fiance Alan Creveling) Fenton and Robert L. (Aileen) Fenton, Jr. Proud grandfather of Robert L. Fenton III, Hallie Marie Fenton, and Olivia Paige Fenton. Loving brother of the late Edgar M. Fenton and the late Marilyn "Dolly" Rotenberg.

Metro Detroit’s Jewish funeral homes have agreed that families should follow the directive of Centers for Disease Control and restrict the size of gatherings to no more than 10, for at least the month of March.

For now, in-person funeral attendance will be limited to only immediate family. Otherwise, funerals may be viewed live and recorded on chapel websites.

Together, we thank the community for understanding during this unusual and challenging time.

In light of the current restrictions on social gatherings, a celebration of life will be scheduled at a later date when it is safe and permissible.

As a senior partner of Fenton, Nederlander & Dodge for twenty-five years, Robert L. Fenton was one of the earliest sports attorney agents and became one of the most prominent entertainment lawyers in America. He has represented such celebrity clients as Roger Maris, Al Kaline, Mickey Lolich, Rick Upchurch, Mel Farr, Orel Hershiser and The Frigid Pink, Detroit Wheels, Bob Welch, George Best, Marilyn Turner, J.P. McCarthy , and song composer Sammy Fain – “I’ll Be Seeing You”, “Love is a Many Splendored Thing”, along with many more well known athletes, radio and television personalities, authors and song composers throughout the world. He participated in some of the early legal decisions involving athletes that ultimately wound up as sports law in this country. In the early 1970s, Mr. Fenton indicated an interest, at the suggestion of several of his clients, in the film business and became an executive producer in Hollywood and funded such films as Edgar Rice Burroughs “The Land That Time Forgot” which was distributed by Orion, “The Incredible Melting Man”, “Fyre” which was distributed by Fries Entertainment, Inc., Joan Collins “Homework” which was distributed by Orion and “Invasion Earth, They Came From Outer Space”, a New World distribution. In the early 1980s, he became deeply involved in the production of films and was a producer at both 20th Century Fox and Universal Studios for several years. During his years out in California, he produced and distributed a number of successful films.

In conjunction with his film activities, early in the 1980s, he became involved in the development of film material and funded the writing of seven books that were sold to New York main-stream publishers such as Simon & Schuster, Putnam & Sons, William Morrow & Company, St. Martin’s Press, etc. Eventually, a number of them were made into feature films. He was also a literary agent for dozens of authors over the years and many of them were best sellers.

In October of 1988, Fenton produced the NBC Movie of the Week, “Double Standard”, which earned the largest market share of any TV film in the prior two seasons. His most recent film venture was “Woman on the Ledge”, also a two-hour Movie of the Week for NBC. This MOW was aired on Monday, March 15, 1993 and was the highest rated TV movie of the year.

In 1988, Mr. Fenton added another dimension to his career and wrote his first book with a writing partner. His first novel, “Black Tie Only”, was published by Contemporary Books, Inc. in April 1990 under the nom de plume of Julia Fenton. This novel was chosen as the Main Selection of both the Literary Guild and Doubleday Book Club for the fall of 1990. Mr. Fenton and his partner completed their second novel, “Blue Orchids”, and it was published by the Putnam/Berkley Publishing Group in July of 1992. In addition, their third novel, “Royal Invitation”, was also published by the Putnam/Berkley Group in February 1995. After four years of research, Mr. Fenton completed his last book, “Three Wise Men”, in 2008. He has also been a guest lecturer, Entertainment Law Seminar, University of Michigan Law School, and April 1998; and has conducted several Writers’ Workshops aboard the Holland America Cruise Lines for Writer’s Digest publication. Mr. Fenton was first elected to Who’s Who in America in 1976 and Who’s Who in the World in 1980 and has been reelected each year thereafter. Mr. Fenton has been an adjunct professor to Marygrove College in Detroit and has taught Creative Writing, not only at the college but at Ford Motor Company. Currently, he is the President of Fenton Entertainment Group, Inc. in Farmington Hills Michigan, specializing in Publishing, Feature Films, TV Films, Recording Artists and Broadway Producers.

It is suggested that those who wish to further honor the memory of Robert L. Fenton may do so by making a contribution to:

American Cancer Society
20450 Civic Center Dr
Southfield, MI 48076
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Disabled American Veterans
477 Michigan Avenue Room 1200
Detroit, Mi. 48226
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Friendship Circle
6892 West Maple Road
West Bloomfield, MI 48322
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