Longtime Western Costume Company President Eddie Marks Passes Away

Member of the costume department on such films as ‘The Breakfast Club,’ ‘The Witches of Eastwick’ and ‘Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade,’ and the president of the Western Costume Company since 1992, Eddie Marks has passed away at the age of 76.

The Hollywood Reporter reported that on September 11, 2023, Marks died of natural causes while visiting Prague.

In 1989, Marks became a part of Western Costume as a vice president and became president after three years. In 1990, he assisted in the company’s transition from a small Melrose Avenue warehouse near the Paramount lot to a hangar-sized structure on Vanowen Street in North Hollywood.

Founded between 1912 and 1915, Western Costume has been among the largest suppliers of costumes across the globe ever since. However, since July 14, 2023, the company came to a halt due to the WGA and SAG-AFTRA strikes.

In a statement, Western Costume said,

“Eddie was tightly woven into the fabric of the costume industry and supported so many aspiring costumers as they launched their careers. He will be dearly missed by all who knew him.”

Marks’ portfolio includes ‘The China Syndrome’ (1979), ‘Melvin and Howard’ (1980), ‘Revenge of the Nerds’ (1984), ‘The Golden Child’ (1986), ‘Dead Poets Society’ (1989), ‘National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation’ (1989), and ‘Postcards From the Edge’ (1990).

Eddie Marks is succeeded by his wife, Debby, sons Branden and Garret, grandson Aiden, and siblings Sanford and Wendy.

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