Mardik Martin

Mardik Martin, ‘Mean Streets’ and ‘Raging Bull’ Co-Writer, Dies at 82

Mardik Martin

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Mardik Martin, a longtime good friend and collaborator of Martin Scorsese whose writing credit included “Imply Streets,” “New York, New York,” and “Raging Bull,” died Wednesday from undisclosed causes. He was 82.

The Armenian Movie Society first introduced the information Wednesday afternoon.

“My good friend and colleague Mardik Martin died this morning,” his good friend, former WGA West president Howard A. Rodman, said Wednesday night. “To say that Mardik was one among a sort is a wild understatement. Nobody–nobody–will ever fill these footwear. Might he relaxation 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 USA as a younger man. He acquired a grasp’s diploma in 1968 from New York College and subsequently taught on the faculty, throughout which period he befriended Martin Scorsese. The 2 would work on a number of movie tasks collectively, co-writing “Imply 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 Minimize” in regards to the Armenian Genocide. It was chosen to compete for the Golden Lion on the Venice Movie Pageant. Martin additionally taught screenwriting at USC, and was remembered for it by his former scholar, screenwriter Larry Karaszewski.

“Mardik was my screenwriting instructor at USC. An awesome man. An awesome author,” Karaszewski said.

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