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Stephen Verona, 'Lords of Flatbush' Writer, Director and Producer, Dies at 78

Stephen Verona, 'Lords of Flatbush' Writer, Director and Producer, Dies at 78

Stephen Verona, who co-wrote, co-directed and produced The Lords of Flatbush, the 1974 film that provided a career boost for young actors Sylvester Stallone and Henry Winkler, has died. He was 78.

Verona died Saturday at his home in Los Angeles after an 18-month battle with lung cancer, his wife, Ann, told The Hollywood Reporter.

Verona also co-wrote and directed Boardwalk (1979), a gloomy Coney Island-set drama that played at the Cannes Film Festival and starred veterans Ruth Gordon, Lee Strasberg and Janet Leigh

Verona had served for a short time as a director at Strasberg's famed Actors Studio, and ...

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