John passed away peacefully surrounded by family on April 11, 2021. “As a Producer/writer Flaxman has been active in virtually every phase of the entertainment field including motion pictures, television, theater, opera and musical charity benefits. He has collaborated with directors Hal Prince, Robert Altman, Jack O'Brien, John Turturro, and Rob & Kathleen Marshall; with Writers Erich Segal (Love Story) Herman Wouk (The Caine Mutiny Court Martial) Hugh Wheeler (Something For Everyone) and Alan Trustman (Bullitt & The Thomas Crown Affair).
His Benefits Shows have been written & produced for charities such as NFL/United Way, The Children's Foundling Hospital, & The Partnership for the Homeless. Featuring such musical artists as Jesseye Norman, Audra MacDonald, Elaine Stritch, John McMartin, & Donna Murphy.
A long-time partner in Media Productions with Director Harold Prince, Flaxman collaborated on
the script with Hugh Wheeler & produced the motion picture SOMETHING FOR EVERYONE starring Angela Lansbury and Michael York, which Prince directed. He also collaborated on the off-Broadway Musical, THE PETRIFIED PRINCE at the Public Theater based on an original screenplay by Ingmar Bergman, which Prince directed, Rob Marshall choreographed, and which Flaxman served as producer/writer. Flaxman's other film credits include Producer of Herman Wouk's THE CAINE MUTINY COURT-MARTIAL with director Robert Altman for CBS and Columbia Pictures.
His regional theater production credits include RESURRECTING LEVIN, based on the characters from Tolstoy's "Anna Karenina," in association with the Denver Center for the Performing Arts, and the opera RAPPACHINI'S DAUGHTER, in association with The Minnesota Opera Company.
Flaxman began his writing career as the Executive Story Editor for NBC’S award-winning television series PROFILES IN COURAGE based on the John F. Kennedy book. This was followed by his appointment as head of the Eastern Literary Department at Universal Pictures, Inc., after which he became a writers agent at William Morris where he developed the screenplays for THE THOMAS CROWN AFFAIR, BULLITT and LOVE STORY.