Jay Kanter

Jay Ira Kanter (born December 12, 1926) is an American film producer. He is best known for his long association with Alan Ladd, Jr.. He was a talent agent at MCA for a number of years. He is known for his biographical works such as Grace Kelly: The American Princess (1987) and Brando (2007). His most recent work is Marlon Brando: An Actor Named Desire (2014).

Jay Kanter
Jay Ira Kanter

(1926-12-12) December 12, 1926
OccupationFilm producer/Studio Executive
Years active1970 present
Judy Balaban
(m. 1953; div. 1961)

Kit Bennett
(m. 1965; died 2014)
FamilyBarney Balaban (former father-in-law)

Personal life

Kanter was born to a Jewish family[1] in Chicago, Illinois.[2] He was married to Judy Balaban (daughter of Barney Balaban) from 1953 until they divorced in 1961. Then he was married to Kit Bennett from 1965 until her death in 2014. He has two daughters with Balaban, Amy and Victoria.

Select Credits


  1. Variety: "Secret lunch honors Ladd" by Bob Verini September 27, 2007
  2. "Jay Kanter Overview". TCM.com. Retrieved August 9, 2015.

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