Freddie Fields, 84, the Hollywood agent, producer, and studio executive who helped make stars of Mel Gibson and Richard Gere with films such as

The Year of Living Dangerously


American Gigolo,

has died.

Mr. Fields died Tuesday of lung cancer at his Beverly Hills home, said publicist Warren Cowan, a longtime friend.

During a long, colorful career as one of Hollywood's biggest behind-the-scenes players, Mr. Fields founded the international talent agency Creative Management Associates and served as president of two major film studios, MGM and United Artists.

He produced such films as


, which won Denzel Washington his first Oscar, and

American Gigolo

, which helped turn Gere into a box-office star.

- AP